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What You Need to Know to Stop the Bleed and Save a Life

Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department Leads Stop the Bleed Training at Cardio Partners

On Wednesday, Lt. Mike McCutcheon and Engineer Scott Barnes of the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department led the Cardio Partners team in a hands-on Stop the Bleed training at the company’s Nashville headquarters. The highly experienced emergency medical first responders helped staff members better understand the contents of the company’s popular  Stop the Bleed kits and how to use them efficiently and effectively.

 

What is Stop the Bleed?

“Started in October of 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is 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” (Department of Homeland Security).

“If you don’t know how to use this,” cautioned Lt. McCutcheon, holding a tourniquet in his hands, “they will die right in front of you.”

Still reeling from a recent shooting at a nearby Antioch Waffle House and from the tragic Parkland and Las Vegas shootings, where bystanders jumped in and saved lives, participants took his somber warning to heart.

“For me, this was about outfitting myself with the skills to best help my neighbor/family member or anyone in the event of an emergency” – Sean Stargel, Cardio Account Specialist

A person who is bleeding severely can die from loss of blood in less than five minutes. As bystanders are typically the first on the scene in the event of a mass shooting, injury, or accident, first aid certification and Stop the Bleed training sessions are increasingly important. With the right training, anyone can help stabilize a victim and improve their chances of survival.

The training, despite its grim subject matter and sobering opening line, managed to strike a lighthearted tone and packed in a great deal of vital information. Covering basic bleed control techniques such as direct pressure, wound packing, compression, femoral pressure points, and tourniquet application, the course was comprehensive and confidence-inspiring.

If you’re interested in learning more about Preparing Your Community to “Stop the Bleed,” Cardio Partners’ sister company, Bound Tree Medical, held a webinar on the topic in February. The webinar is available for on-demand viewing.

What’s Included in a Stop The Bleed Kit?

Curaplex Stop the Bleed kits are designed to provide the user with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging. These vacuum-packed and tamper-proof kits include:

  • A permanent marker
  • 2 pairs of gloves, latex-free, large
  • 1 C-A-T® tourniquet
  • 1 emergency bandage
  • Pair of trauma shears, 7.5”
  • 2 rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • A printed insert which shows instructions for use

Advanced kits include 1 Pack of HALO seals and QuikClot combat gauze.

How Can You Save a Life and Stop the Bleed?

Remain calm and rely on your training in the event of an emergency. Before you do anything, take stock of the situation and make sure you’re safe and out of the line of fire. If necessary, move yourself and the injured person to safety. Once you’ve done this, and it’s safe to do so, call 911 and then offer assistance to the victim or victims.

“Remember, it’s their emergency, not yours,” said McCutcheon. “If they’re still conscious, the likelihood of survival is good.”

The Office of Homeland Security has provided a series of simple instructions to help bystanders respond quickly and appropriately in the event of moderate to severe bleeding. These simple steps can help stabilize victims until professional medical assistance arrives.

Venous bleeding is often characterized by blood that trickles or oozes from the site of the wound. Most often these types of injuries can be treated with pressure, compression bandages, or QuikClot Gauze. If the victim is conscious and alert, have them help themselves by elevating and applying pressure while you assess the situation and, if possible, put on gloves.

McCutcheon and Scott reiterated the importance of first assessing the situation for personal safety, then applying pressure, and if the bleeding does not stop, placing a tourniquet “high and tight” on the affected limb. You’ll know you’ve successfully applied the tourniquet when there’s no pulse and the bleeding has stopped. It’s worth noting that a correctly applied tourniquet is extremely painful. If you’re able, label the tourniquet with the time it was applied. This allows emergency personnel to provide the best care possible.

The firefighters also covered basic triage techniques, how to correctly apply HALO seals to sucking chest wounds, and how to stanch bleeding from junctional wounds (such as those located in the neck, armpit, or groin).

Time to enroll in a first aid course? Interested in learning more about our emergency first aid kits our a Curaplex Stop the Bleed kit? Call our team at 866-349-4362 or visit AED.com or CardioPartners.com for more information.

Preparing Your Community to “Stop the Bleed”

Webinar Sponsored by Bound Tree Medical Helps Communities Prepare for Mass Casualty Incidents

On Wednesday, February 22, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. (EST), Bound Tree Medical, sister company to Cardio Partners, will present a webinar titled How to Prepare Communities to “Stop the Bleed.” As a webinar participant, you’ll gain valuable insights on how to prepare your community to effectively handle mass casualty incidents.

Stop the Bleed cultivates grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency — like a gunshot or other emergency trauma — before professional help arrives (Department of Homeland Security). Stop the Bleed is more than a national awareness campaign, it’s a call to action.

Not only will you learn about the importance of the Federal Stop the Bleed program, which was launched in October of 2015 by the White House, but you’ll learn how to ready yourself in the event of a trauma.

During the course of the compelling Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) webinar, you’ll hear first-hand accounts from the EMS personnel who were onsite at the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, and you’ll hear how invaluable civilian/bystander support was in controlling severe hemorrhaging that tragic evening.

You’ll also hear from operational managers at Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services in Little Rock about how they secured funding to implement a statewide Stop the Bleed program that involves community stakeholders such as EMS, law enforcement, school nurses, teachers, and church groups. This statewide program helps ensure a safer, more alert environment by training key community members as “First-First Responders.”

This timely webinar will be presented by the National Healthcare Preparedness Programs Senior Medical Advisor Richard Hunt, Arkansas Regional Metropolitan Emergency Medical Service Executive Director Jon Swanson, Special Operations Supervisor and Paramedic Major Clayton Goddard, and Community Ambulance COO Brian Rogers.

How Can You Save a Life and Stop the Bleed?

In light of recent and tragic mass shootings in Las Vegas and in Parkland, Florida, educational opportunities such as the Bound Tree webinar are more important than ever. Even when emergency responders arrive promptly, bystanders will always be first on the scene. Trained individuals who are confident in their ability to respond under emergency conditions can, and do, save lives.

The Office of Health Affairs and Homeland Security has provided a series of simple instructions to help bystanders respond quickly and appropriately should someone close to them suffer from a hemorrhaging wound. These simple steps can stabilize victims until professional medical assistance arrives.

  1. Be aware of your surroundings and move yourself and the injured party to safety, if necessary.
  2. Call 911.
  3. Find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to the site with both hands.
  4. Apply firm, steady pressure to the bleeding site with bandages or clothing.
  5. If the bleeding does not stop, place a tourniquet 2-3 inches closer to the torso from the bleeding. If the bleeding still doesn’t stop, place a second tourniquet 2-3 inches closer to the torso than the first tourniquet.

About CuraplexⓇ Stop The Bleed Kits

Approximately 5 million people from around the world die from accidental and non-accidental trauma, making it the leading cause of death among people under the age of 46. A person who is bleeding from an artery can die in as little as 5 minutes (Stop the Bleed).

A Canadian study of deaths due to trauma at a Level 1 trauma center found that up to 16% of deaths would have been preventable with earlier recognition of bleeding and more rapid and effective hemorrhage control (JEMS.com).

Stop the Bleed kits are designed to provide the user with immediate access to life-saving products that can control traumatic hemorrhaging. These vacuum-packed and tamper-proof kits include:

  • A permanent marker
  • 2 pairs of gloves, latex-free, large
  • 1 C-A-T® tourniquet
  • 1 emergency bandage
  • Pair of trauma shears, 7.5”
  • 2 rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • A printed insert which shows instructions for use

Advanced kits may also include 1 Pack of HALO seals and 1 QuikClot combat gauze, 3” x 4 yds.

To learn more about our emergency first aid kits or to purchase a Curaplex Stop the Bleed kit, call our team at 866-349-4362 or visit the Cardio Partners  or aed.com.