Release Date: May 10, 2017
KEARNEY - All too often, victims of mass-casualties or active-shooters bleed to death waiting for medical treatment. In response to incidents like Sandy Hook Elementary, the Hartford Consensus and the White House have recently introduced the “Stop the Bleed” campaign. In central Nebraska, CHI Health Good Samaritan is heeding the call to provide instructions and equipment that empower the public to control life-threatening bleeding.
“I know we like to think our rural roots keep us safe,” said Matt Walter, EMS manager at Good Samaritan’s Level II Trauma Center. “But because we live in a farming area near I-80, we are at risk for other types of bleeding related traumas–machinery accidents, motor vehicle crashes, grain elevator explosions.”
“It only takes a few minutes for a person to lose their blood volume from a major wound,” said Renae Jacobson, RN, Good Samaritan trauma nurse coordinator. “But if a bystander can control hemorrhaging until professionals arrive, you can save that life.”
Since making Stop the Bleed education available in early April, Jacobson has trained 70 area pre-hospital personnel. The free 1.5-hour course teaches participants how to identify a life-threatening bleed, compress, use a tourniquet if available, and control the bleeding. “This course is available to all community members. Upon completion, medically-trained individuals are also able to go back to their communities and train others,” said Jacobson.
Training is the first piece to the Stop the Bleed program. The second piece is readily available tourniquets. “The quickest and most effective way to control severe hemorrhaging in the field is by applying a tourniquet,” said Walter. “But not everyone has a tourniquet in their First Aid kit.”
With help from a Kearney Area Community Foundation Grant, Good Samaritan is working to place Stop the Bleed kits containing easy to follow instructions, gloves, gauze, compression wrap and tourniquets, in the same locations you currently find AED defibrillator wall mounts.
“We are starting with donating at least 4 multi-victim tourniquet kits for bigger venues like the Kearney Event Center, Hilltop Mall, UNK and Kearney Public Schools, and will be able to offer law enforcement a number of single kits to carry in their cruisers,” Jacobson said.
Walter adds, everyone has the potential to save a life by taking part in Stop the Bleed. “We can work with you to schedule a Stop the Bleed class with your staff or group. There’s even a printable step-by-step instruction card that you can download and add along with a tourniquet to your First Aid Kit for your home, car, tractor, boat, wherever. This knowledge should be as common as CPR in the general public.”
To learn more, visit Stop the Bleed at www.bleedingcontrol.org. For “Stop the Bleed” class information, call 308-865-7684.