Stop the Bleed®
Stop the Bleed®
Stop The Bleed for the Public
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. This has been especially relevant in Lebanon given the prevalence of trauma incidents and the proximity of emergency rooms to scenes of an incident.
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.
Roads for Life and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Lebanon Chapter has made it a priority to spread the culture of trauma care in Lebanon through “Stop the Bleed”. With the medical direction of ACS Lebanon, “Stop the Bleed” will be mobilize the public as participants in the chain of trauma care that will have the potential to stop preventable death from uncontrolled bleeding.
Stop the Bleed trainers are certified ATCN nurses.
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