Stop the Bleed: Campaign aims to teach everyday people first-aid basics for uncontrolled bleeding
By Cari Hacking Sep 27, 2017
Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death in trauma, according to the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus.
The goal of Wyoming Medical Center's Trauma Services is to achieve zero preventable deaths from traumatic injury. To that end, we are employing the Stop the Bleed campaign to teach everyday people the basics in applying first-aid methods to control blood loss until help arrives. Stop the Bleed is a national campaign and call to action launched in October 2015 by the Department of Homeland Security.
Multiple types of trauma can cause uncontrollable bleeding, including car crashes, falls or hunting accidents. And these can occur anywhere. What makes us unique in Wyoming is the rural areas we serve meaning first-responders may be miles away from an injured patient.
Proper tourniquet application and wound packing can truly save a life if placed in a timely manner.
The Trauma Program at Wyoming Medical Center has already begun teaching these courses to agencies such as the Wyoming Highway Patrol and Game and Fish. And we have donated Stop the Bleed kits to these agencies thanks to grants from the Healthcare Coalition and the Wyoming Committee on Trauma.
In time for hunting season, we are offering two classes geared to hunters and other interested community members. Both classes will be at Sportsman's Warehouse and are free, but class size will be limited. Please look for more classes in the future.
Cari Hacking is the trauma coordinator at Wyoming Medical Center. Contact her at (307) 577-2723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.