WATERTOWN, S.D. –August 22, 2019 – A community working group comprised of representatives from Clark, Hamlin, and Codington County EMS, Codington County Sheriff’s Office, Codington County Emergency Management, and the Trauma Leader and Safety Officer at Prairie Lakes Healthcare System lead a project that raised funds for the purchase of “Stop the Bleed” kits. The community work group came together to promote the “Stop the Bleed” program, which educates the public on basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following every day emergencies and man-made disasters.
Controlling a bleed at the scene of an accident or adverse event can be life-saving. The group’s “Stop the Bleed” kits included tourniquets, which they raised funds to purchase. Tourniquets apply pressure to a limb or extremity to limit the blood flow. The “Stop the Bleed” kits were donated to local schools in Codington, Clark, and Hamlin counties and the work group provided tourniquet education to school staff.
The following individuals and organizations donated towards the work group’s cause: Jan Clites, Lynn DeYoung, NextEra Energy, Geronimo Energy, Greater Clark Area Foundation, Reliabank, Watertown Rotary Club, Hamlin County Farmers Coop, Watertown Community Foundation, and Prairie Lakes Healthcare System.