Trauma Bleeding Control

Student learn how to control arterial bleeding if it is not stopping with direct pressure or pressure dressings and there is a delay in EMS arriving using tourniquets. Discover what you would need to do to prevent the loss the limb in emergencies like this.

It only takes minutes for someone to bleed to the point that they’re not going to survive, especially if you hit one of the major arteries in your leg or your arm.  The material is tailored to the lay responder as recommended by the White House’s “Stop the Bleed Campaign”. This campaign is a federal initiative that aims to save lives and build resiliency in our communities, specifically on hemorrhage control.

The Bleeding Control course takes only an hour to complete.  A trainer guides the class through two evidence-based methods of bleeding control: placing a tourniquet on an extremity and packing a wound with gauze with both hands. Student learn how to control arterial bleeding if it is not stopping with direct pressure or pressure dressings and there is a delay in EMS arriving using tourniquets. Discover what you would need to do to prevent the loss the limb in emergencies

While the course is a byproduct of active shooter scenarios, it could also save lives in other traumatic scenarios such as car wreck, amputation due to machinery or punctures to the body. In this course, participants will learn the String of Survival, and have the opportunity to practice the approximate demand level for bleeding control.  This class will include the use of a packing a wound, and using a CAT and SWAT Tourniquet, in the event of a life threatening bleed or accident from amputation, knife or gunshot wound, or natural disaster.  Participants will also receive an Trauma Control Certification.

The ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public.

A person can die within 5-10 minutes due to uncontrolled bleeding, but proper bleeding control methods—including hand techniques, dressings, and tourniquets—can make all the difference.

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