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In emergency situations, until first responders arrive at the scene, civilians can help stop uncontrolled bleeding. There is a nationwide initiative underway to train civilians to be able to do so. The Allegany County Department of Emergency Services worked as a partner and secured grant funding to purchase bleeding control trauma kit supplies for Allegany County’s three public high schools.
ACPS Conducts Bleeding Control Basic Training for Staff
Training Made Possible through Partnerships, Grant Funds
On Thursday, May 24, 2018, Allegany County Public Schools conducted its first "Stop the Bleed - Bleeding Control Basic v. 1.0 Course" for school-based staff. Through a partnership with Western Maryland Health System and Allegany County Emergency Medical Services, ACPS was able to provide this training, and thanks to a grant obtained by the Allegany County EMS through the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS), high schools will now be equipped with bleeding control trauma kit supplies.
The ACPS Safety & Security Office will continue to educate, train, and empower staff and students through school safety initiatives that not only prepare them to react and respond to incidents that may occur in a school setting, but also to be confident in their level of situational awareness and personal safety.
Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the recent years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, could result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved. The first responder program has received a very good response and is widely being used across the country.
Civilians, however, need basic training in bleeding control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. In many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these situations, preventable deaths will occur.
As a result, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide the vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate, and empower citizens of the United States.
For more information on this nationwide initiative, visit http://www.bleedingcontrol.org.