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LACMA Joins Allied Pacific IPA and Garfield Medical Center to Address Mass Casualty Scenarios

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

LACMA’s partnership with Allied Pacific IPA (APIPA) and Garfield Medical Center (GMC) in support of the Stop the Bleed Campaign was announced at a press conference on Friday, March 17 at Garfield Medical Center.

Following the horrific tragedies in Monterey Park, the urgent need to collaborate on ways to control bleeding in any emergency, including applying direct pressure, packing the wound with bleeding control (hemostatic) gauze, and applying a tourniquet. However, it is only recently that tourniquets have been re-embraced for their lifesaving potential. The result is the STOP THE BLEED® campaign; the result of a collaborative effort led by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) to bring knowledge of bleeding control to the public. The ACS COT, and specifically the EMS subcommittee with its many collaborative relationships, provided the perfect environment for this program to grow into the critical success that it is today.

At the March 17 event, LACMA presented a check, matching the $5,000 contributions of APIPA and GMC to provide equipment, training, and certification for people who are interested in learning this lifesaving skill. The American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED® campaign has trained over 1 million people including students, teachers, and community groups. The $15,000 will financially support additional training, resources, and education.

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