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Training Benefits of Stop the Bleed

It is just like CPR in the old days, why bleeding control is life saving.

They have been a rising occurrence in recent years: mass casualty situations.

The "Stop the Bleed" campaign developed through the American College of Surgeons after the shooting at Sandy Hook .

It didn't start as "Stop the Bleed", though.

It started as how can preventable deaths be stopped?

"They recognized that there was a need for more immediate medical care before first responders and EMS can get there," says Craig Nemechek, trauma surgeon at Mercy Medical Center. "And a majority of our preventable deaths were from bleeding."

Thus a hands-on training program developed, where over the course of a couple of hours, participants learn how to put pressure on a wound, how to pack a wound, and how to properly use a tourniquet.

One of the trainers emphasises if put in the situation, you will be in someone's personal space, and that might make people uncomfortable.

"I think if people have a chance to do it hands on and practice when it isn't a life threatening situation, I think they'll be more apt to do it," says Barb Eveleth, Trauma Program manager at Mercy Medical Center. "And I think that they'll feel they are trained well enough that 'Yes, I can do this!'"

In addition to the confidence, participants get a little more out of it too: a certificate of completion, and the confidence of saving someone who's been injured.

"Once they get here, they will still need definitive care. They will need control of that bleeding vessel. but they're going to be much better off because the care that was provided to them from the time of injury to the time they get here," says Nemechek.

"It's like CPR in the olden days. We taught all our kids, grade school and younger, to do CPR, because you truly can save a life," says Eveleth.


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