Left to right: Joe Rudisill, COO; Isabella Discepolo; Theresa Radeker; Scott Norwood, MD; Chief Timothy Reardon; Joseph Pino, CMO

Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was recently recognized by the Pasco Board of County Commissioners for the facility's extensive support for the county's implementation of the Stop the Bleed campaign. Pasco BOCC implemented the campaign in all county buildings.

The Stop the Bleed campaign was developed to improve civilian outcomes and survival in the event of mass casualty and active shooter incidents. It provides civilians with basic first aid training before the event occurs, with emphasis on the use of direct pressure and tourniquets to control bleeding. Pasco County adopted a policy to ensure that employees and visitors to county buildings are appropriately prepared for events.

The trauma center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point had donated 112 Stop the Bleed kits to Pasco County Fire Rescue. In addition, a representative from Trauma Services, Isabella Discepolo, attended the "train the trainer" session for the Stop the Bleed campaign and offered classes to the community. The kits that were donated to the Pasco County Fire Rescue were dispersed to all AED stations in government buildings to allow for immediate access to tourniquets and other basic first aid supplies necessary for bystanders to administer in intervention in the event of an active shooter or other mass casualty incident.

The Board of County Commissioners recognized the trauma center at Bayonet Point for the donation of 112 kits and expressed appreciation for the supplies and support from Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.