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Florida Surgeons Convene in Tallahassee for Advocacy Day

The Florida, South Florida, and Jacksonville Chapters of the America College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted a combined advocacy day January 31 at the state capitol in Tallahassee. In addition to advocating on behalf of patients and surgeons, participants from the three chapters conducted a Stop the Bleed® event, demonstrating to legislators and the public techniques to save lives in the case of a traumatic bleeding injury by applying tourniquets and packing wounds. More than 200 people were trained within five hours, and the event drew local television news coverage. Participants included political staff, Miami-Dade County firefighters, and capitol visitors.

The Florida Chapters were recipients of an enhanced ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day Grant, which provided $15,000 to help fund the event. For more information about the Florida event or the ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day grant program, e-mail

Surgeons at the joint Florida Stop the Bleed event included Ali Kasraeian, MD, FACS (left), and Brian Yorkgitis, DO, FACS (center, in red) of the Jacksonville Chapter. Edwin Gonzalez, MD, FACS (immediate left of Dr. Yorkgitis), of the Florida Chapter, can be seen in the background training participants.

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