‘Stop the Bleed’ legislation will put kits in schools in 2020
Jacob Cox (far right) in one of the presentations in Indianapolis.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has signed into law a bill that Reid Health's Emergency Services team members helped move through the State Legislature. It means each school will develop and implement for the 2020-21 school year a "Stop the Bleed" program designed to reduce deaths in mass casualty situations.
Brad Barrett, M.D., District 56 State Representative, co-authored the bill and enlisted help from Reid Health's Emergency Services team members to illustrate the program for legislators. Jacob Cox, RN, Injury Prevention Coordinator for Reid EMS and Trauma Services, and Ryan Williams, RN, Director of EMS and Trauma Services, went to Indianapolis to illustrate and train legislators twice as the proposal moved through state houses.
"Reid has led the way in advancing the initiative in our community in advance of the proposal, leading the way in the state," Dr. Barrett said. "The Indiana Hospital Association has been a partner both in support and testimony - but more importantly in providing kits to the schools throughout the state to avoid a potential financing hurdle."
"Reid has led the way in advancing the initiative in our community in advance of the proposal, leading the way in the state."
Dr. Barrett, who is a retired surgeon, helped Cox with one of the training sessions at a school and thought bringing the training to state officials would be beneficial. As a physician, he knows first-hand the importance of quick action in life-threatening bleeds. "Studies have shown that bystanders can recognize and control bleeding until first responders arrive and can save lives," he said.
He said House Bill 1063 will ensure kits and training are completed for every Indiana school. The Indiana Hospital Association has generously agreed to donate kits statewide, with training provided by surgeons, firefighters, EMTs and others. Reid Health, with the support of Reid Health Foundation, has already taken steps in the regional market to advance this potentially life-saving initiative."
Cox and Williams joined EMS, fire, and law enforcement personnel from around the state to share a short training session with a committee of legislators on use and purpose of the kits.
Cox also shared his experience with the Dennis school
shooting in December, which brought the reality of mass casualties close to
home. "Dr. Barrett particularly wanted me to share my experience as the first
medical crew to enter the building with law enforcement - the smell of gun
powder in the building, the faces of children and staff, casings on the floor.
I think it really drove the point home."
Trauma centers across the state and in the nation are providing Stop the Bleed education to schools and other public entities. The Reid Health outreach effort received a unique boost with support from the Reid Health Foundation to fund the kits and training in the health system's eight-county coverage area.
The program is designed to save lives by having equipment and trained staff who can quickly stop life-threatening bleeding. With a serious injury, a person can bleed to death in less than five minutes -- often before trained emergency help can arrive.
The Stop the Bleed campaign was initiated by the White House in 2015. By having the general public trained in bleeding control techniques, more lives can be saved.
Cox said studies have shown that 30 to 40 percent of the victims in mass casualty events died from rapid blood loss. "Our goal is to train as many people as we can on how to identify the source of the bleeding and then control it before first responders arrive."
A public Stop the Bleed course will be conducted at Reid Health from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, in Innovation Classrooms A & B. Class size is limited, so please pre-register by emailing [email protected] or calling (765) 983-3000, extension 4447.
Anyone with an interest in scheduling training can contact Cox.