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Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Hosts Stop the Bleed Event for Local Middle School

February 20, 2023

The region’s first and only Level I trauma center provides life-saving training to Capitol Middle School staff

BATON ROUGE, LA—Our Lady of the Lake Health hosted a Stop the Bleed event at Capitol Middle School on February 15. The initiative is part of the Our Lady of the Lake trauma program, which is the region's first and only Level I trauma program.

Our Lady of the Lake provides schools with grant-funded Stop the Bleed kits and works with East Baton Rouge Parish Schools to train school staff across the parish on how to properly care for wounds in emergency situations. The kits are installed in various locations around school campuses and staff are trained on lifesaving emergency techniques to stop bleeding, such as using a tourniquet and packing a wound.

“Our Lady of the Lake is dedicated to educating our community on how to provide life-saving care in the event of a trauma,” said Tomas Jacome, MD, medical director of the Our Lady of the Lake Trauma Center. “Equipping our schools with proper Stop the Bleed resources and training to use those resources is beneficial in preventing emergency situations from escalating.”

To be named a Level I trauma center, medical centers must have the best leadership and resources to provide total care for every aspect of an injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. The designation extends outside the trauma center itself, sharing our expertise with the community through research, emergency planning and trauma response education.

Stop the Bleed is one of the education programs Our Lady of the Lake conducts to both meet the requirements of a Level I trauma center and provide an essential service to the Baton Rouge community.

Stop the Bleed is a national public awareness campaign that aims to provide training and techniques for controlling severe bleeding. It is led by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT).

Learn more about Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center’s trauma program, the Baton Rouge region’s first and only Level I trauma center.

About Our Lady of the Lake Health

Our Lady of the Lake Health is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms in outlying parishes, and a 600+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake Health provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs in partnership with LSU, and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally invasive procedures, and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. For more information, visit

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Our Lady of the Lake Health



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