SLV Health Trauma participates in ‘Stop the Bleed’

VALLEY — A nationwide “Stop the Bleed” campaign has been started over the past couple years in an attempt to educate first responders and the general public on how to potentially save lives when the opportunity arises.

Inspired by the idea, SLV Health’s Trauma Committee along with Trauma Coordinator Julie Ramstetter decided to take matters into her own hands and chose to take advantage of the opportunity, purchase trauma packets, supply them, then distribute trauma packets and supplying knowledge to local police departments.

She has made great strides forward in making sure everyone is well educated and well equipped in our community. Gloves, tourniquets, QuickClot, and basic training were all given to departments across the valley to help them be better prepared to “Stop the Bleed”.

Representatives from Alamosa, Monte Vista, La Jara, Antonito, South Fork, Creede, Del Norte and the State Highway Patrol were all beneficiaries of this great service.

Caption: Trauma Coordinator Julie Ramstetter, center, presents trauma packets to members of the Alamosa Police Department from left Tate Kindschuh, Sam Maestas, Amber Garcia and Daniel Alderton. Photos courtesy of SLV Health

Eddie Rodriguez accepts trauma packets from Julie Ramstetter on behalf of the Monte Vista Police Department.

Officer Adam Fresquez accepts packets from Julie Ramstetter on behalf of the Rio Grande County Sheriff's office.