Minnesota Department of Transportation

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May 8, 2018

MnDOT among first DOTs in nation to offer staff "Stop the Bleed" training

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is among the first Departments of Transportation in the nation to provide staff with new “Stop the Bleed” training that focuses on techniques to stop life-threatening bleeding during an emergency.

The next training session will be offered Wednesday, May 9 at the MnDOT Rochester Headquarters at 2900 48th Street NW from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Staff will learn new tourniquet techniques and proper ways to pack a wound. These skill could be helpful in preventing one of the most common causes of death after a traumatic injury: uncontrollable bleeding.

Tourniquets have also been provided to MnDOT field employees to ensure they are readily available when using certain equipment or during emergencies on the road, many times MnDOT crews are the first to arrive at a crash site.

Lessons from military combat injury response and studies after events like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting suggest these new blood control methods could save lives before first responders arrive on scene.

”We believe this type of training is another way MnDOT can serve the public, as well as emphasize our focus on safety in our work areas,” said Gabe Perkins, MnDOT Training and Development.