PITTSBURGH, Pa – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has received a $30,000 grant from the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation in support of local Stop the Bleed® trainings hosted by the AHN Trauma Prevention Team. The grant was awarded in response to the critical need for bleeding control kits, which can provide life-saving aid during traumatic incidents.
AHN’s Stop the Bleed community trainings are part of a national initiative which aims to train bystanders to be the best first responders to those who are traumatically injured. The trainings provide life-saving skills that can help stop or limit bleeding from a wound until EMS or other first responders arrive. AHN Trauma Centers conduct training in communities across western PA and provide bleeding control kits free of charge to participants. The kits include tourniquets, pressure dressings, gauze and gloves.
“Victims of trauma – due to events like shootings, terrorist attacks, natural disasters or vehicle accidents – can suffer critical blood loss and die before first responders can reach the scene,” said Dr. Allan Philp, MD, Chief Trauma Surgeon at Allegheny General Hospital. “Since 2016, Allegheny Health Network has been committed to providing impactful training free of charge to schools, first responders and other community organizations. Our goal, through these sessions, is to build safer communities with the best tools, techniques and information.”
The Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation grant will allow AHN to continue its donation of life-saving bleeding control kits throughout the region. AHN donated more than 300 bleeding control kits in 2018 and anticipates donating even more in 2019.
“In line with the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation’s mission, this grant allows our organization to have an even larger impact throughout our local communities when it comes to safety, prevention and education. With this generous gift, we’re playing a significant role in increasing access to supplies that have the potential to save a life during crucial moments,” said Allie Quick, AHN’s Chief Philanthropy Officer.
Since 2016, AHN has trained more than 7,500 people across 16 counties in schools, EMS agencies, fire and police departments, construction companies, municipal buildings, places of worship and community centers, among others.