Stop the Bleed training aims to reduce deaths from blood loss
Jacob Cox leads a session at Northeastern
December 10th 2018
With a serious injury a person can bleed to death in less than five minutes — and often before trained emergency help can arrive.
So a campaign under way in the area served by Reid Health aims to save lives by training more people on the basics of stopping blood loss and increasing the chances for survival. “Stop the Bleed” a campaign funded by Reid Health Foundation has been launched initially in area schools to train staff in basic techniques says Jacob Cox RN Injury Prevention Coordinator with EMS and Trauma Services at Reid Health.
“The Stop the Bleed campaign was initiated by the White House in 2015” Cox said. “By having the general public trained in bleeding control techniques there is an increased likelihood that more lives can be saved.”
The Foundation funds are providing “Stop the Bleed” kits to area schools where a previous campaign also funded AED stations – automated defibrillators that have already been used to save lives in emergency situations. Four kits containing tourniquets bandages and other supplies are being placed in schools in Wayne Randolph Henry Fayette and Union counties in Indiana and in Preble and Darke counties in Ohio.
“The initial effort focused on schools partly because of the incidents of mass shootings that have taken place in the nation” Cox says. Training sessions with staff can also equip larger numbers of people in life-saving techniques.
Justin Burkhardt director of Reid Health Foundation said the outreach of the Reid Health Emergency Medical Services department is a great addition to the AED stations. “Like the AED you hope it is never used. But if a need arises this equipment and kits have been shown to save lives.”
“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.” – Jacob Cox
Cox notes 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.”
Training has been completed at area schools including Northeastern Seton Catholic Lincoln and National Trail. Training has also been completed for the Wayne County Jail staff. More sessions are scheduled at other Indiana and Ohio schools in the next few weeks.
Cox plans to eventually offer sessions for the public on the Reid Health campus hopefully as early as January.
Anyone with an interest in scheduling training can contact Cox at [email protected]