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Members of Congress Learn How to Stop the Bleed

In February, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted Stop the Bleed® training for two members of Congress—Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), and Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA).

The event for Senator Cassidy, led by Leonard J. Weireter, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT), took place on Capitol Hill and was open to the senator and 15 members of his staff. Representative Carter’s training took place in-district at his local Level I trauma center, Memorial Health in Savannah, GA, and was led by James Dunne, MD, FACS, a trauma and critical care surgeon, and Brett Tracy, MD, a surgery resident.

Both training sessions focused on how early intervention from a Stop the Bleed-trained individual can save the life of someone suffering from a bleeding injury, as well as ways to help promulgate the Stop the Bleed program. As a result of the event, Senator Cassidy and his staff and Congressman Carter left with a better understanding of the value of bleeding control training.

For more information about trauma advocacy, contact Justin Rosen, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at

Drs. Tracy (left) and Dunne (right) with Representative Carter

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