Cardio Partners Publishes “What You Need to Stop the Bleed”

An all-new eBook covering everything your business or organization needs to know about bleeding control kits

Did you know that up to 20% of trauma-related deaths in the United States could be prevented, and that 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!

In recognition of National Stop the Bleed Day on May 23, the Cardio Partners family of companies developed 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 Curaplex Stop the Bleed® kits and Cardio Partners Bleeding Control Kits.

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In this well-researched guide, we share detailed statistics, discuss the importance of Stop the Bleed® kits, suggest potential funding sources, delve into how these advanced trauma kits differ from a traditional first aid kit, and offer basic instructions on how to recognize traumatic bleeding and suggestions on how to use a bleeding control kit.

Our What You Need to Stop the Bleed eBook also features sector-specific information, targeted statistics, and best practices for the corporate and industrial world, K-12 and higher education, public access and public venues, and information for personal and private users. This guide is designed to help health and safety officers, school board officials, compliance officers, facility managers, and other decision-makers find the right bleeding control kits and to help them implement an effective bleeding control program within their organizations.

“The landscape of the first responder is changing. People need to get out of the mindset that the first responder is a police officer, EMT, or firefighter. If you’re there, you’re the first responder.”

Danny Roberts

Sarnova Emergency Preparedness Product Manager

No matter how quickly professional emergency medical technicians arrive, in the event of a mass shooting, workplace violence, traumatic injury, or motor vehicle crash, bystanders will be the first responders on the scene. As a result, easy-to-use public access bleeding control kits are increasingly important and are a necessary component of any comprehensive emergency preparedness plan.

With access to the right products and the right Stop the Bleed® training, anyone can help stabilize a victim and improve their chances of survival.

Stop the Bleed® is a national awareness campaign and a call to action started by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security in 2015. The Stop the Bleed® program 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. Stop the Bleed® kits and other specialized bleeding control kits can be used by both trained professionals and bystanders.

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This all-new eBook is brought to you by Cardio Partners, Bound Tree, AED.com, and EMP. It joins our library of educational eBook resources which also includes Funding Your AED Program: A Complete Guide to AED Grant Writing and our AED Starter’s Guide.

To learn more about our bleeding control kits, courses, or to schedule a training, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

ABOUT OUR COMPANIES:

Bound Tree Medical is a national distributor of prehospital emergency medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals for EMS providers, including First Responders, EMTs, and Paramedics. From everyday disposable items to capital equipment, we offer thousands of products across all clinical categories.

Cardio Partners a national leader in emergency prevention and an ardent advocate in the fight against Sudden Cardiac Arrest. We supply consultation, equipment and end-to-end training. We are an authorized master distributor of all FDA-approved defibrillator devices, and for this reason, we provide customers with the best value in the industry for new and recertified equipment. We also offer American Heart Association and American Red Cross training courses nationwide, along with state-of-the-art online program management, to fully support our customers’ safety programs.

Emergency Medical Products, Inc. is your one-stop-shop for EMS supplies, first aid products, physician office supplies, diabetic products, and medical teaching and training equipment. Serving first responders, fire and rescue, police, hospitals, colleges and universities and more for 40 years, EMP is your premier source for emergency medical equipment and supplies.

What are Universal Precautions?

The Importance of Universal Precautions and How to Protect Yourself from Bloodborne Pathogens

Universal precaution is an approach to infection control that urges medical providers, first aid providers, and bystanders to treat all human blood and other potentially infectious materials such as cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, semen, vaginal secretions, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, and any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood as if it were known to be infectious for HIV, hepatitis, staph, or other bloodborne pathogens (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).

Individuals who use universal precautions are much less likely to be exposed to bloodborne pathogens

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 5.6 million workers in the healthcare industry and related occupations are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. These figures don’t include the tens of millions of people who are first aid certified each year and who play an increasingly important role as first responders to emergency situations.

In case you were curious, not all fluids require special handling: “Universal precautions do not apply to feces, nasal secretions, sputum, sweat, tears, urine, and vomitus unless they contain visible blood. The risk of transmission of HIV and HBV from these fluids and materials is extremely low or nonexistent” (CDC).  

The Purpose of Universal Precautions

The purpose of practicing universal precautions is twofold: universal precautions protect patients from further harm or infection, while simultaneously protecting the medical or first aid practitioner from contracting a bloodborne illness from an infected individual.  

Universal Precaution Equipment

Although unbroken skin is a good barrier against bloodborne pathogens, even the smallest cut, blister, blemish, or skin opening can admit pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens may also be transmitted through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth. Equip yourself with personal protective equipment such as:

If your office or facility has an AED, First Aid, or Stop the Bleed® kits, you should include standard universal precaution personal protective equipment.

10 Ways Protect Yourself from Bloodborne Pathogens

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to perform CPR, give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, administer first aid, or are otherwise exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials, you must protect yourself to prevent exposure to pathogens.

  1. Treat all blood and body fluid spills as if they were infectious.
  2. When providing first aid or CPR, protect yourself first (put on gloves and use a face mask), then treat the victim.
  3. Coach injured individuals to apply bandages and to exert pressure on a wound if they’re able to do so.
  4. Wear appropriate personal protective equipment: gloves, goggles, face shields, etc…
  5. When performing CPR, always use a mask equipped with a one-way valve to prevent contact with potentially infectious body fluids.
  6. Contain spills immediately, then clean up and disinfect the area.
  7. Handle all trash with caution — as though it contains sharps and/or infectious items.
  8. When removing contaminated clothing, carefully turn all items inside out as they’re removed to contain contaminants.
  9. Carefully dispose of contaminated items in appropriately labeled containers.
  10. After removing personal protective equipment, vigorously wash hands or other affected body parts with soap and warm water. If soap is not available, use hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes.

Cardio Partners is a trusted nationwide CPR, First Aid, AED, and bloodborne pathogen training center. We offer high-quality training courses in all 50 states in both traditional classroom settings and in blended learning courses. To learn more about our courses or to schedule a training, call our team at 866-349-4362 or email Cardio Partners at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

How to Make an Emergency Response Plan for Your Office

Business Emergency Plan

6 Steps to Creating an Effective Emergency Action Plan

To help ensure the safety and well-being of your employees, take the time to develop a comprehensive emergency response plan. A detailed and well-executed emergency action plan (EAP) can save lives.

The actions taken during the first few moments of an emergency are critical. A prompt, well-orchestrated warning can communicate to your employees whether they should evacuate, seek shelter, shelter-in-place, or commence lockdown. Clear warnings coupled with a keen understanding of your EAP can empower your employees to streamline evacuations or lockdowns, offer bystander assistance, and can even help 911 dispatchers and emergency services respond to events more efficiently.

Step 1: Assemble Your Team

The strength of your EAP depends on the commitment of your team. Seek out the participation of your employees — both management and employees — early in the process so that everyone has a say.

Step 2: Conduct a Risk Assessment

Conduct a risk assessment to identify potential hazards and vulnerabilities within your organization. People should always be your first consideration in a risk assessment, but risks to physical assets (buildings, computer systems, machinery, finished products) and the environment should also be included in your assessment.

“As you conduct the risk assessment, look for vulnerabilities—weaknesses—that would make an asset more susceptible to damage from a hazard. Vulnerabilities include deficiencies in building construction, process systems, security, protection systems, and loss prevention programs. They contribute to the severity of damage when an incident occurs. For example, a building without a fire sprinkler system could burn to the ground while a building with a properly designed, installed, and maintained fire sprinkler system would suffer limited fire damage” (Department of Homeland Security).

Step 3: Establish Performance Objectives

Keep yourself on track and accountable. Performance objectives are quantifiable and tangible milestones that you’ll achieve as you develop your emergency preparedness program. Be sure to create objectives for all aspects of your program. Ready.gov, the U.S. Government’s disaster preparedness website, recommends a number of performance objectives. Here are a few of the key recommendations:

  • Reach out to public emergency services and regulators.
  • Conduct a business impact analysis (in addition to your risk assessment) to identify the operational and financial impacts from an interruption or disruption of your business.
  • Identify opportunities for hazard prevention and risk mitigation.
  • Protect the safety of your employees by developing evacuation, sheltering and lockdown plans.
  • Conduct employee training and drills.
  • Install an emergency generator to power the data center during a power outage.
  • Install a fire sprinkler system.
  • Phase out the use of highly toxic or flammable chemicals.
  • Build a culture of preparedness in the workplace and encourage employees to have a plan at home.

Step 4: Create a Written Policy

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers a wealth of information about developing an EAP. While the size and scope of your plan will vary based on the size of your company and your industry, OSHA’s minimum requirements suggest that your plan should include the following elements:

  • Means of reporting fires and other emergencies.
  • Evacuation procedures and emergency escape route assignments.
  • Procedures for employees who remain to operate critical plant operations before they evacuate.
  • Accounting for all employees after an emergency evacuation has been completed.
  • Rescue and medical duties for employees performing them.
  • Names or job titles of persons who can be contacted in case of an emergency.

FEMA also offers a detailed Emergency Response Plan template to help businesses identify goals and objectives and define exactly what it is an emergency response team needs to do during an emergency.

Step 5: Develop an On-Site Emergency Response Team

Designate cool-headed and well-respected emergency response leaders within your organization to lead evacuation (as necessary), coordinate communication, conduct a head count, and to communicate detailed information to 911 dispatch and emergency responders. These team members should also be responsible for making sure that minors, disabled employees, or at-risk residents are safely sheltered or evacuated.

Step 6: Offer Training

Once you’ve identified your emergency response team, it’s up to you to make sure they have the training they need to perform their duties effectively. For an EAP to be effective and to ensure the safety of your employees, you’ll need individuals who can be relied on to respond calmly in an emergency.

Build confidence by offering first aid, Stop the Bleed, CPR, and AED training to your entire team. All emergency response team leaders should be required to complete their certifications.

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Step 7: Practice and Review Your Emergency Action Plan

“Educate your employees about the types of emergencies that may occur and train them in the proper course of action. The size of your workplace and workforce, processes used, materials handled, and the availability of onsite or outside resources will determine your training requirements. Be sure all employees understand the function and elements of your emergency action plan, including types of potential emergencies, reporting procedures, alarm systems, evacuation plans, and shutdown procedures. Discuss any special hazards you may have onsite such as flammable materials, toxic chemicals, radioactive sources, or water-reactive substances” (OSHA).

Emergency response plans can help prevent injury and can dramatically minimize damage. However, it’s important to remember that your EAP is only as good as the people who are carrying it out. Every six months, conduct emergency drills and schedule a one-on-one with your in-house ERT members to make sure they’re still up for the job.

To learn more about First Aid and CPR Certification and AED training, AED best practices, AED and defibrillator service and preventative maintenance programs, or LifeShield, our online compliance management program, contact Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 or email us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.