4 Ways You Can Commemorate National Stop the Bleed®️ Day
May is Stop the Bleed®️ Month and May 23 is the second annual Stop the Bleed®️ Day. This nationwide campaign highlights the importance of Stop the Bleed®️ training and provides the public with information and education through local fire, EMS, and health care professionals.
Up to 20% of trauma-related deaths in the United States could have been prevented. In fact, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. That’s approximately 30,000 lives that could be saved with proper training, equipment, and product availability (bleedingcontrol.org)!
Wondering how you can celebrate? We have a few ideas for you.
#1: Download our Latest eBook: What You Need to Stop the Bleed®️
In recognition of National Stop the Bleed®️ Day, the Cardio Partners family of companies recently published a comprehensive guide to help our corporate customers, educational partners, and community members better understand traumatic bleeding and the importance of bleeding control kits such as the Curaplex Stop the Bleed® kits and Cardio Partners Bleeding Control Kits.
What You Need to Stop the Bleed®️:
#2: Learn How to Stop the Bleed®️: Find a Course Near You
As of this month, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) estimates that it has helped train more than 600,000 people in bleeding control training. Training sites may include fire stations, offices, community centers, hospitals, and schools. Classes are appropriate for teens and up.
During Stop the Bleed®️ training, you will learn how to:
- Determine if an area is safe for you to proceed toward a victim to provide assistance
- Identify any nearby tools to assist you, such as publicly placed bleeding control kits or common items that can be used to control bleeding.
- Use your hands to apply direct pressure at the site of the wound to stop bleeding
- Pack a deep wound with cloth or gauze to control bleeding
- Correctly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb to stop bleeding
- Keep the victim calm until help arrives
#3: Can’t Find a Course? Be Proactive and Create One!
Don’t see a bleeding control course near you? Contact your local Fire Department, Community Health Center, Emergency Medical Services agency, or the community outreach department at a local hospital.
Stop the Bleed®️ trainings are focused, hands-on, and interactive. Last year we were fortunate enough to host the Brentwood Fire Department at our Nashville headquarters. The firefighters demonstrated how to correctly apply a tourniquet and they 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).
#4: Take Action By Supporting Federal Legislation
“Injuries and violence affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. In the first half of life, more Americans die from violence and injuries — such as motor vehicle crashes, falls, or homicides — than from any other cause, including cancer, HIV, or the flu. This makes injury the leading cause of death among persons 1-44” (Centers for Disease Control).
Nearly 45 million Americans do not have immediate access (within one hour) to a Level I or II trauma center (American College of Surgeons). The ACS supports legislation that would assist civilian bystanders in taking life-saving actions in emergency situations.
On May 7, 2019, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup D.P.M. (R-OH) introduced H.R. 2550, Prevent Bleeding Loss with Emergency Devices (BLEEDing) Act of 2019.
“The legislation would provide grant funding to states for bleeding control kits and training. The ACS believes, just like CPR training, a civilian familiar with basic bleeding control techniques is better equipped to save a life. The effort to make this training and bleeding control kits available to the public through a Department of Homeland Security grant program will help to drive the goal of reducing or eliminating preventable death from bleeding.”
Contact your representative in Congress and ask them to support the BLEEDing Act of 2019
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