Stop the Bleed!

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by Sher Brown

March 31 was Na­tional “Stop the Bleed” Day. You may have no­ticed the posters or ads in the me­dia, in­form­ing peo­ple of the ini­tia­tive that was launched in Oc­to­ber of 2015 by the White House. Stop the Bleed is a na­tional aware­ness cam­paign and a call to ac­tion. Stop the Bleed classes and posters are pop­ping up ev­ery­where in an ef­fort to en­cour­age by­standers to be­come trained, and prop­erly equipped so they can help in crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions while they’re wait­ing for EMS to ar­rive. Why the big push? It’s sim­ple. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Na­tional Acad­e­mies of Science study, trauma is the lead­ing cause of death for Amer­i­cans un­der age 46. In ru­ral ar­eas, we are more likely to die from trauma than our ur­ban neigh­bors. The rea­son? Time.

The ini­tia­tive be­gan in re­sponse to the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing, where many peo­ple were se­ri­ously in­jured. A per­son who is bleed­ing can die from blood loss within five min­utes, and quick ac­tion by both civilians and trained pro­fes­sion­als saved lives by us­ing mil­i­tary-based tech­niques for hem­or­rhage con­trol. With the in­crease in school shoot­ings and events like the con­cert shoot­ing in Las Vegas, spread­ing the word about Stop the Bleed be­comes even more im­por­tant.

In Ca­tron County, we’re not as likely to have some­thing like the Bos­ton Marathon Bomb­ing, but who’s to say we’re not just as likely to have a shoot­ing at the lo­cal rodeo or one of the schools? Even if you dis­count th­ese pos­si­ble mass ca­su­al­ties, think of in­stances like hunt­ing ac­ci­dents, chain saw ac­ci­dents, or mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents. Even if we could get to you as quickly as they do in the city, by­standers will al­ways be the first on scene. Our county is be­yond re­mote. Help can be an hour or more away. If you can learn one sim­ple thing to help save some­one’s life, wouldn’t you want to do it? Call 911 Make sure the scene is safe. If it’s not, stay away. If you can move the vic­tim to safety with­out en­dan­ger­ing your­self, then do so.

Step 1: Step 2: Step 3:

Ex­pose the wound so you know what you’re deal­ing with.

Ap­ply firm, steady pres­sure—prefer­ably with both hands. Wear gloves if you have them. You can ask the pa­tient to ap­ply pres­sure if they’re able.

Step 5:

If you have a ster­ile dress­ing, per­fect— use that to place on the wound and con­tinue ap­ply­ing pres­sure. If not, use a shirt, towel, jacket, any­thing that can help.

The im­por­tant thing is con­stant, firm pres­sure. Step 6:

If the bleed­ing doesn’t stop, you’ll need to ap­ply a tourni­quet 2-3 inches above the wound. Tighten the tourni­quet un­til the bleed­ing stops and mark the time the tourni­quet was ap­plied. Write the time on the pa­tient or the tourni­quet it­self.


If the bleed­ing con­tin­ues, ei­ther ap­ply a sec­ond tourni­quet just above the orig­i­nal tourni­quet (closer to the torso) or tighten the orig­i­nal tourni­quet.

You’ll start see­ing Stop the Bleed kits mounted on walls in pub­lic places in more ur­ban ar­eas. Per­sonal Stop the Bleed kits are avail­able on­line. It con­tains gloves, scis­sors, com­pres­sion ban­dages, quick clot and a tourni­quet. If you don’t have a proper tourni­quet, you can im­pro­vise with items such as, tri­an­gle ban­dages or torn shirts and a stick for a wind­lass. Shoe strings are too nar­row and belts may not be flex­i­ble enough to be ef­fec­tive.

In the near fu­ture, Stop the Bleed classes will be held for the gen­eral pub­lic in Ca­tron County. Watch for no­tices and bring the whole fam­ily to a class when it comes to your area. ◊◊◊ Henry Ford Have you ever thought about the fact that politi­cians can lie with­out any con­se­quence, yet if you lie to the po­lice or to a judge you can go to jail?

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