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STOP the Bleed - Immediate Responder

Immediate Responders Stand in the Gap

Bleeding isn’t always life-threatening. But when severe bleeding occurs, immediate responders can be the difference between life and death when medical care is delayed.Acts of mass violence occur everywhere. To adopt a when/then mindset, immediate responders need to accept that acts of mass violence happen wherever you work, live or visit. They are not geographic specific. They are not venue specific. By accepting this reality, immediate responders are better prepared to see, understand and proactively look for potential warning signs of concerning behavior.Once an act of violence stops, or when the individual is removed from harm’s way, he or she needs to be able to transition and stop the bleeding. At a minimum, immediate responders need to be prepared to:

The Facts

According to the Stop the Bleed Day national campaign:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable deaths. Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, establishing hemorrhage as the most common cause of preventable death in trauma.*

  • Bleeding can quickly become life-threatening. The average time to bleed out is only 2 to 5 minutes.

  • The average first responder arrival time is 7 to 10 minutes.

While first responders do their very best to quickly get to the scene of an emergency, minutes count in uncontrolled bleeding situations. Understanding these facts makes it clear that everyone should, at the very least, know basic bleeding control techniques.

Receiving additional, hands-on training in techniques that stop the bleed can greatly help anyone be better prepared to respond during a life-threatening bleeding emergency. 

For a more serious wound, it may be necessary to pack a dressing into the wound to maintain pressure.

If direct pressure can’t control severe bleeding from an arm or leg, you may need to use a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

Having an emergency bleeding training kit with essential items close by helps you quickly care for an injured person while you wait for medical help. 

Interested in learning how to properly apply pressure, pack a wound, place a tourniquet and established an bleeding control response kit we offer a 3 hrs STOP the Bleed | Immediate Responsder training course for the indivual or Emergency Repsonse Team that will prepare you to be ready for an emergency event. 

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