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.
- Be aware of your surroundings and move yourself and the injured party to safety, if necessary.
- Call 911.
- Find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to the site with both hands.
- Apply firm, steady pressure to the bleeding site with bandages or clothing.
- 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.