‘Top Docs’ show highlights MAG MRC & Georgia ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign

John S. Harvey, M.D., discusses the Medical Association of Georgia Medical Reserve Corps (MAG MRC) and Georgia’s ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign on the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show.    

“The MAG MRC responds to declared emergencies in the state, including natural disasters and disease outbreaks,” explains Dr. Harvey, who serves as the MAG MRC medical director. “We are prepared to deploy and staff mobile hospitals and support emergency shelters under the direction of the Georgia Department of Public Health.”

The long-time general and trauma surgeon emphasizes that the MAG MRC “complements” the official medical and public health and emergency services resources in the state.

Dr. Harvey says that, “The MAG MRC is part of a state and national network of medical reserve corps. There are nearly 1,000 community-based MRC units and 200,000 MRC volunteers in the U.S. and its territories, including 19 MRC units in Georgia.”

The MAG MRC conducts monthly classroom training and quarterly drills that address a range of scenarios, including responding to mass casualty events, setting up mobile hospitals, and practicing aeromedical transportation and evacuation.

The MAG MRC has more than 130 members, including more than 80 physicians.   

Dr. Havey adds that, “The Stop the Bleed campaign is designed to train and equip people to help during a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives – keeping in mind that a person can die from blood loss within five minutes.

“In addition to the training school nurses and administrators in proper hemorrhage control techniques, the Stop the Bleed program is making trauma kits available for public schools and other public places in the state.”

Each ‘Stop the Bleed’ kit contains a CAT tourniquet, an emergency trauma dressing, compressed gauze, two pairs of gloves, trauma shears, a marker, and instructions.

The MAG MRC expects to train about 1,000 people in ‘Stop the Bleed’ training in Georgia in 2018.

MAG MRC Program Manager Mark Reitman also appears on the show.

MAG sponsors two ‘Top Docs Radio’ episodes per month. Between downloads and live listeners, the program has reached nearly 180,000 listeners – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.   

MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Health Care Research, a subsidiary of Alliant Health Solutions.   

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Click for Georgia ‘Stop the Bleed’ website