Stop The Bleed

Stop The Bleed

Did you know that hemorrhage is the #1 cause of civilian and combat deaths? If you were faced with an emergency situation and a person was bleeding heavily in front of you, what do you think you would need to do before the emergency services arrived? 

In October 2015, the White House launched a national awareness campaign and a call to action.  Stop The Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

According to a recent national Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under 46 years of age

Bystanders are almost always first on the scene – if you administer the correct help, you have the power to save lives.  You can die from loss of blood a lot quicker than you realize – within 5 minutes, to be precise – so it’s imperative to stop bleeding as quickly as possible.

Training to deal with traumatic injuries might sound difficult but with the right teaching aids and instructor it’s something that everyone can learn to do.  With a range of Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulators, both civilian and members of the armed forces can learn how to quickly deal with life-threatening injuries.  These highly sophisticated military grade medical simulators offer realistic combat trauma care training for gunshot wound and hemorrhage management as well as more advanced techniques for professionals such as airway management, breathing and circulation difficulties.

Watch the video of a TECC (Tactical Emergency Casualty Care) manikin being used in training:

Simple life-saving techniques are so easy to learn that even school children in America are being taught how to Stop The Bleed and save lives.  In Patrick Henry High School recently, 40 students received hands-on training to learn how to properly pack a wound and use a tourniquet, just in case they ever need to save a classmate or teacher.  “Being hands on really helped me because I got to actually see what really happens instead of like actually just watching the videos,” junior Jennifer Nguyen said.  Jennifer also commented that she hopes to take the training out of the classroom and into a career, “Learning this skill would really help the citizens I could save.”  She and her fellow students received a certificate of completion to recognize the level of their training.

Advanced Trauma Life Support manikins and simulators are used to train civilians and healthcare professionals.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulator with Gunshot Wounds

Tactical Combat Casualty Care Simulator with Gunshot Wounds

They teach people to assess the situation, prioritize treatment, provide early management and stabilize critical trauma patients.  The Tactical Hemorrhage Control Trainer is a full-sized, remotely-activated simulator designed to produce a highly realistic teaching environment.  It’s ideal for training law enforcement and first responders to cope with the high pressure, rapid assessment situations that they might encounter in real life.

Over the past five years, about 125,000 teachers, counsellors and administrators across America have been trained in stemming blood loss.  Civilian trauma medicine has benefited from the techniques that have been tested and developed on the battlefield.  The use of tourniquets is a particular case in point.  Using a tourniquet has been proven to be highly effective at stopping blood loss and increasing a victim’s chances of survival.  the Journal of the American College of surgeons has demonstrated that the use of tourniquets is instrumental in saving lives.

Have you and your workplace colleagues been offered the chance to receive Stop The Bleed training?  If you’ve been on a recent life-saving training course, we’d love to hear from you – please leave us a comment below about how you feel having acquired your new life-saving skills.

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Sources:
https://apnews.com/673926b9f8e04df19f6295c3f57e91d1
https://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/roanoke/patrick-henry-high-school-students-receive-stop-the-bleed-training
https://www.bleedingcontrol.org
https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

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