Stopping blood loss: From the battlefield to the cornfield

Lifesaving hemostatic agents will share space with soybean seeds and wind turbines at this year's Farmfest in Morgan, Minnesota.

Maria Flor, R.N., trauma coordinator for Southwest Minnesota Trauma Services, is the driving force behind the project, which will bring the Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T) and QuikClot dressings to the three-day event.

"My father and brother are farmers, and I think every combine should carry these products," she says. "What better way to make the case to the farming community than at Farmfest, which draws 30,000 people each year?"

In addition to company representatives, hospital and EMS providers from the southern and southwestern Minnesota trauma regions will offer information about farm-injury prevention.

"We're all trying to make people in Minnesota safer," Flor says. "And that means getting the right information and products to the right people. If you're going to spend $300,000 on a piece of equipment, what's $20 for a tourniquet?"

Minnesota Farmfest takes place Aug. 5-7, 2014.

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