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Posted By: Debra A. Danforth, DNP, APRN, FAANP
May 17, 2019
Did you know that May 2019 is the first-ever National Stop the Bleed Month? Also, May 23 is the second annual Stop the Bleed® Day. So what is “stop the bleed”? It was developed by the American College of Surgeons to empower the general public to recognize life-threatening bleeding in someone who is injured and to assist them with the bleeding (applying tourniquets, packing wounds, and keeping the situation stable) until a medical professional or first responder arrives. In October 2015, the White House launched a national awareness campaign with several federal agencies and the American College of Surgeons. Georgia was one of the first states to offer stop-the-bleed kits (gloves, compressed gauze and trauma dressing, shears, a pad, tape, and a tourniquet) and training to every public school.
According to the American College of Surgeons, this initiative has helped train more than 600,000 people in bleeding control. The course is offered to elementary school children through senior citizens and medical professionals. Participants can take courses at several different places, such as, firehouses, community centers, hospitals, schools, and universities.
The Stop the Bleed® Training teaches how to:
- Determine if an area is safe to proceed toward a victim to provide assistance
- Identify any nearby tools to assist, such as a publicly placed bleeding control kit or everyday items that can be used to control bleeding
- Use 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
To find a class near you, go to cms.bleedingcontrol.org/Class/Search.
- American College of Surgeons. National stop the bleed month. www.bleedingcontrol.org/may. Accessed May 16, 2019.
- News4Jax. Stop the bleed kits placed in every public school in Georgia. www.news4jax.com/news/stop-the-bleed-kits-in-every-public-school-in-georgia. Accessed May 16, 2019.