Coffee Regional Medical Center recently hosted the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Readiness training program, which resulted in dozens of individuals in the local area becoming trained and certified to respond to declared medical emergencies in the State of Georgia.

CRMC Hosts Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Readiness Training

Dr. Jim Barber, with the help of CRMC staff, coordinated the training for approximately 15 local physicians as well as many others including local law enforcement/fire/EMS/EMA, CRMC staff, over 25 South Georgia State College Registered Nursing students, and the general public.  

Local physicians, medical personnel, and emergency responders participated in the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Readiness training program on Saturday, March 24, at Coffee Regional Medical Center. Local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jim Barber coordinated the training, which resulted in dozens of individuals throughout the area becoming qualified to provide medical disaster relief.
CRMC “took the lead” in the area of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Readiness by hosting the Medical Association of Georgia’s first physician-led Medical Reserve Corp, the state’s first unit of volunteer physicians who are trained to respond to declared emergencies in Georgia.  
Dr. Jim Barber, with the help of CRMC staff, coordinated the training for approximately 15 local physicians as well as many others including local law enforcement/fire/EMS/EMA, CRMC staff, over 25 South Georgia State College Registered Nursing students, and the general public.  
After the training concluded on Saturday, the group now has over 100 qualified physicians who could be deployed to provide medical disaster relief throughout the State of Georgia, according to CRMC officials.  
Training offered on Saturday to the physicians included topics such as “personal and family preparation for a disaster, helicopter loading and unloading safety, mobile hospital set-up and take-down, and ‘Stop the Bleed’ training.”
According to a press release from CRMC officials, “Stop the Bleed” is “a statewide campaign that emphasizes teaching people how to use tourniquets to save lives in bleeding emergencies.” 
The Georgia Trauma Commission’s goal is “to provide free training to the personnel in each public school in Georgia and then, provide free tourniquet kits for each school’s use.”  
A person can die of a bleeding emergency in less than five minutes, so education of laypersons can reduce the likelihood of deaths from these types of injuries.
Certificates were presented to nearly 50 new instructors in the area for their successful completion of the program, and CRMC can provide this training to other interested community groups upon request.
The press release stated, “CRMC really had wonderful support from our local law enforcement/fire/EMS/ and EMA community.  We would like to extend a special ‘thank you’ to all of them for their support, as well as Air-Evac for providing the helicopter during the event.  
“We would also like to say a special thank you to Dr. Jim Barber for providing the leadership to help form this group and for bringing this training to our area and our physician team, and for offering his leadership to make Coffee County safer and the state more prepared for emergency events!”
For more information about “Stop the Bleed,” please call Deon Tucker, CRMC Education, at 912-384-1900 ext. 5670 or email deon.tucker@coffeeregional.org.   

Coffee Regional Medical Center recently hosted the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Readiness training program, which resulted in dozens of individuals in the local area becoming trained and certified to respond to declared medical emergencies in the State of Georgia.

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