UofL Hospital hosts trauma educational, outreach events in May

    Participants in a Stop the Bleed training at UofL Hospital pack a simulated wound with gauze.
    Participants in a Stop the Bleed training at UofL Hospital pack a simulated wound with gauze.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the only adult Level 1 Trauma Center in the region, UofL Hospital will host several educational and outreach events in May for National Trauma Awareness Month.

    “UofL Hospital provides the highest level of clinical care for the most severely injured patients and is dedicated to supporting survivors of traumatic injuries throughout their recovery and, if needed, for the long term,” said Brian G. Harbrecht, M.D., trauma medical director at UofL Hospital. “The hospital’s injury prevention programs and outreach education are important services we provide to the community.”

    Annually, UofL Hospital treats about 3,500 patients with traumatic injuries from across the state and region, with more than half of those patients residing outside Jefferson County. The primary causes of traumatic injuries the hospital treats stem from motor vehicle accidents and falls.

    Trauma awareness events include:

    • A Stop the Bleed course open to the community will take place Monday, May 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium, basement level of the UofL Ambulatory Care Building, 550 S. Jackson St. The class teaches basic techniques, including tourniquet placement and wound packing, that enable bystanders witnessing an injury to control bleeding and potentially save a life. Uncontrolled bleeding is the primary cause of preventable death for patients with traumatic injuries.
    • In honor of National Trauma Survivors Day on Wednesday, May 15, former patients who were treated at UofL Hospital for traumatic injuries will gather for an outdoor carnival featuring a dunk tank, food and games. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the area between UofL Hospital and the UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, 530 and 529 S. Jackson St.
    • UofL Hospital will host a blood drive Friday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Glass Room, basement level of the Ambulatory Care Building, 550 S. Jackson St. Appointments can be scheduled through redcrossblood.org; search sponsor keyword: ULH. Walk-ins are welcome.