STOP THE BLEED: Management of the injured when seconds count
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you or a family member suffered a severe injury and had major bleeding? As reported by the American College of Surgeons, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of trauma-related death. To increase the chance of survival when there is major bleeding, quick action is required. The four methods you can implement immediately that require little effort – yet offer a quick and effective response to stop major bleeding – are as follows:
Each of these techniques is easily done in the appropriate manner and location:
The odds are high that each of us will eventually come across someone who is injured and in need of assistance before EMS arrives on scene. The human body can bleed out (5-6 liters of blood) in less than two minutes during a major bleeding event. Types of incidents that can cause severe bleeding include some of the following:
The keys to success in managing a severe injury with bleeding are to be prepared and willing to help. With the simple applications of bleeding control techniques, lives can easily be saved. Of the large number of survivors during mass shootings over the last few years, we see that a large portion of the injured received tourniquets and/or pressure dressings prior to the arrival of EMS. These were administered by law enforcement and civilians alike who had minimal training and were able to save lives.
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Jason Dush, FF/EMT-P, FP-C, TEMS
Texas Division of Emergency Management