What is the 'Stop the Bleed Campaign'? And how can you join in? (Blog post.)

The Stop the Bleed Campaign: How You Can Join In!

After the Parkland shooting, I felt so helpless! Then I remembered all those CPR and first aid training classes I had to take when I was a Montessori teacher! So I went on a deep dive to find resources and training on how to stop the bleeding of bullet wounds. Turns out, there is a Stop the Bleed Campaign that was launched in 2017 (by a new branch in the federal government).

Here are ten of those resources, including The Stop the Bleed Campaign, as well as two videos.

1. The Department of Homeland Security launched the Stop the Bleed campaign to raise public awareness, and promote public access to hemorrhage control kits.

"Become Empowered: Learn How to Stop The Bleed: The Stop the Bleed Campaign supports accessible, no cost training to all who want it. Learning how to care for an injured family member, friend, or even a stranger isn’t hard. Many basic first aid courses are available that emphasize current bleeding control techniques such as use of tourniquets and hemostatic dressings.* If you would like to take a course to prepare yourself to assist injured people following a traumatic event, contact your local public health department, hospitals and clinics, emergency medical services, or fire and police departments to see if they offer any training":
2. The EMS: "We are deeply committed to providing resources and cutting edge information to help first responders stay safer, become better informed and more effectively protect their communities. EMS Education product category is a collection of information and resources for researching EMS Education. It covers a variety of EMS Education Tools, products, news articles, press releases, hosting agencies for training courses and seminars, along with a full directory of EMS Education providers." More...

3. Civilian Gun Shot Wound First Aid During a Mass Shooting: "Surprisingly, many Active Shooter response protocols don’t outline first aid recommendations for civilians who may be in position to help gunshot wound victims during or after a mass shooting. In fact, some protocols go so far as to recommend that citizens flee the situation without offering first aid.

"But if you are following US Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter protocols which include hiding out from the shooter (PDF), you may be sheltering in the vicinity of a gunshot wound victim who is hemorrhaging. Emergency medical responders may be delayed for an hour or more. And you know that stopping the bleeding is one of the first steps necessary for saving a life. 

4. How You Stop [the] Bleeding (Youtube video): Dr. E. Reed Smith, of FEMA, explains the effective way to stop bleeding.

5. How to make a Tourniquet: "Here is a short list of what we'd love for you to take away from this post:
  • "A mindset shift that Tourniquets are safe & effective
  • An understanding that Tourniquet application is NOT likely to lead to amputation of a limb *1
  • Tourniquets should be considered a First Resort (not a last resort) for life threatening extremity bleeds
  • Improvised Tourniquets are rarely effective at stopping arterial blood flow and far less effective then commercial ones
  • Commercial Tourniquets are affordable and widely available and you should have them on hand in the event of an accident
  • Stopping a Bleed in an arm or leg is a manageable task, and NO ONEshould ever bleed to death from an extremity wound 
  • Anyone can save a life, and you don't need years of training to do it. Four hours of First CARE Provider training results in certification & peace of mind for yourself and your family"
More (long and comprehensive, and there is one or two graphic photos)... They also have a podcast: The Citizen Heroes Podcast By First CARE Provider - Veterans / First Responders.

6. FCP Smartphone APP: "We are super excited about the coming launch of our FCP smartphone app. The app will feature videos and the most up to date information to help you RACE to Safety and provide CARE in an emergency."

7. BleedingControl.org" "Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.

"Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes.

"However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. BleedingControl.org supported President Barack Obama’s policy directive for national preparedness (Presidential Policy Directive 8), which targeted preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens.

"BleedingControl.org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus and contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit partners to help prepare you in the event you are witness to one of these unspeakable events.

"Our shared goal is to provide you with a one-stop, online resource to credible information on bleeding control. We hope you will never need to use this information, but if you do, at least you will have the assurance that the information is credible and timely."


8. Stop The Bleed T-Shirts from the American College of Surgeons: "Save a life and be fashionable. These bold red t-shirts help spread the word about what to do in a bleeding emergency. Shirts are available in sizes small through 4X, and are made of 100% pre-shrunk, combed, ring-spun cotton."

FYI: I purchased one of these T-shirts! I love it! I paid 17.00 for it, and that included shipping (USA).


9. "You know CPR. Now firefighters want you to treat shooting and bombing victims" (LA Times, 4/15/17, by Soumya Kariamangla):  "For the last year, Rancho Cucamonga's fire and law enforcement officials have teamed up to teach civilians how to triage and tie tourniquets on shooting victims, in the same way CPR is taught in case of emergencies.

"They believe that people armed with these skills can save lives because they're often the first ones at a crime scene. Many of those injured in the Boston Marathon bombing survived in part because bystanders started creating makeshift dressings and tourniquets before paramedics showed up, experts say."


10. Lastly, "The Children Treating Gunshot Wounds on Chicago's South Side: In a city home to a staggering amount of gun violence, Ujimaa Medics is teaching kids how to save lives.

"Chicago is the center of America's gun violence epidemic, home to 3,457 shooting victims in 2017 alone. Slow ambulance response times, a shortage of hospitals, and a police force that isn’t required to administer first aid leave shooting victims with slim chances for survival—but one grassroots organization is fighting to change that.

"On this episode of DAILY VICE, we met up with the activists behind Ujimaa Medics, a group teaching local kids how to treat gunshot wounds in Chicago's South Side. We followed along as children as young as 12 learned how to bandage a wound, control crowds, and interact with the cops—including one young woman who used her training to save a life."


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