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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.

Opioid Overdoses and Cardiac Arrest

EMS responders play a critical role in the treatment and, potentially, the prevention of the opioid epidemic we face today. Due to the staggering amount of deaths to opioid overdoses, it has been deemed a public health crisis. Opioids are responsible for decreasing the sensation of pain for the user by stimulating certain receptors in the brain. The lack of any perceived pain induces a feeling of euphoria- the feeling chased by opioid abusers.

The umbrella of opioids include heroin and several prescription painkillers such as methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and fentanyl. During an opioid overdose, the patient experiences difficulty breathing and often respiratory arrest. Unfortunately, following respiratory arrest, a common secondary outcome of an opioid overdose occurs: cardiac arrest.

EMS responders often use naloxone which reverses the effects of opioid overdose, making it possible for the patient to breathe again. This drug is time sensitive and administering it can be a risky decision. Naloxone can prompt narcotic withdrawal symptoms and if it is administered too aggressively, the patient may have violent reactions. Since cardiac arrest frequently follows respiratory arrest, it is important to check the patient’s pulse and have an AED nearby in case the patient needs to be resuscitated. It is important to abide by the local rules if you have to administer naloxone to a patient in cardiac arrest.

With the help of properly and safely administered naloxone and timely use of an AED, many lives can and will be saved. EMS responders play a vital role in helping to decrease opioid overdoses every day. With the proper rehabilitation and education opportunities, this public health crisis may, one day, be less prevalent.

For more information about cardiac emergency preparedness, please visit www.aed.com.

From Pub Trivia to CPR Save

Pub Save

Recently, at the Old Bundy Tavern in Australia, Wednesday night pub trivia turned into a CPR rescue situation in the blink of an eye.

Tracee Houlahan was sitting at a table for trivia night one moment and the next, people started to get worried. “There was a lady slumped over in her chair.” “Her partner and friends were trying to wake her but she kept losing consciousness and her complexion was changing.” Continue reading From Pub Trivia to CPR Save

Duke Professor Saved by Four Students

(Left) The four Duke EMS students who resuscitated Professor George Grody (Right) from cardiac arrest include, from left to right: Kristen Bailey, Kirsten Bonawitz, Ritika Patil, and Kevin Labagnara.
(Left) The four Duke EMS students who resuscitated Professor George Grody (Right) from cardiac arrest include, from left to right: Kristen Bailey, Kirsten Bonawitz, Ritika Patil, and Kevin Labagnara.

A professor at Duke University was very fortunate to be nearby several Duke EMS Students when he suddenly fell unconscious and went into cardiac arrest during a Marketing Club meeting late one evening last week. Continue reading Duke Professor Saved by Four Students