Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved. The first responder program has received very good response and is widely being used across the country. The next step is to focus on needs of civilian bystanders.
Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+million citizens of the United States.
75%-90% of all trauma-related deaths occur before the casualty ever reaches a Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).
In a manner similar to the presentation of CPR training across the country in the 1970’s, hemorrhage control training programs are now being offered to the public by employers, civic and religious groups, schools, and the healthcare community at large. Through this training, empowered and trained community members can serve a critical role as medical providers during the initial moments following a trauma/medical incident. These “First Care Providers” (FCP’s) often have immediate access to severely injured victims and can provide time-sensitive, life-saving interventions.
Trauma is the number one cause of death in the United States in persons from 1 to 46 years of age.
The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone, including yourself, is injured.
Stop the Bleed - In the News
New Bill Aims to Make "Stop the Bleed" Training a High School Graduation Requirement: A new piece of legislation proposes high school students to undergo bleeding-control training before graduation.
Stop the Bleed Teaches Life-saving Techniques to Arkansas Teachers: Teachers gathered in Little Rock to learn how to apply tourniquets thanks to Stop the Bleed.
Stop the Bleed Equips Teachers to Save Lives During Tragedy: Being able to apply a tourniquet could save someone's life in the event of a tragedy like the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14.
Health Matters: Stop the Bleed: The time between the moment when a 911 call is placed until paramedics arrive on the scene is crucial.
How to Stop Blood Loss During Emergencies: Dr. Marlon Doucet with MEMS and Charles Wooley, a registered nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital joined THV11 This Morning to tell us about the 'Stop the Bleed' training
New Emergency Training Likely Saved Lives in LR Nightclub Mass Shooting: Many lives may have been saved in Saturday morning's mass shooting at a Little Rock nightclub thanks to new training for the city's first responders.
Arkansas Police Medical Training Saving Lives: More than 15 Arkansans are alive right now because of a growing specialized training course for central Arkansas police officers.