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Donation Provides Funding for Multi Victim Trauma Equipment for New Glarus Area EMS

 

January 31, 2019

Sue Moen

Judith Blank and NGAEMS Chief Kristie Mueller and members of the New Glarus Area EMS show some of the equipment in the Multi Victim Trauma Bag. With Blank's donation, both EMS rigs will have one of these bags.

Many thanks to Judith Blank of New Glarus for her generous donation of new equipment to help New Glarus Area EMS manage and respond to emergencies. With this Multi Victim Trauma Bag (MVTB), New Glarus Area EMS is better equipped to treat multiple victims involved in a mass causality trauma situation, such as an active shooter scenario.

Chief Kristie Mueller stated, "We hope we never have to use them, but we are prepared if needed."

Incidents involving multiple victims with major traumatic injuries have spiked in our country. EMS agencies must be prepared to meet the needs of these incidents.

Unfortunately, most ambulances in our region are equipped to handle only one or two major trauma patients. And, most trauma equipment is confined to a single EMS bag, limiting care to patients found in multiple rooms, or areas. To complicate matters, needed additional resources from neighboring agencies may take a long time to arrive.

The South Central Regional Trauma Advisory Council (SCRTAC) is providing EMS agencies with medical equipment and training to help address some of these challenges: The Multi-Victim Trauma Bag (MVTB).

Each MVTB consists of ten separate individual trauma care kits. These kits can be distributed to multiple care providers, and can allow emergent medical care for multiple patients in multiple locations.

Each kit contains life-saving medical equipment that aims to stop major external bleeding and stabilize severe chest injuries. Each of the 10 kits contain a tourniquet, wound-packing gauze, pressure dressings, chest seals, trauma shears, and basic airways.

The MVTB is carried by almost all 911 ambulances in the SCRTAC 14-county region. Having regional coverage with this bag by EMS greatly improves the region's overall preparedness for large-scale traumatic injury incidents, such as active shooter events.

 
 

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