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“Stop the Bleed” Training for Staff and Community Members

The nightly news is filled with stories of people suffering all manner of severe bodily harm. From car accidents to crime scenes, these events often end in tragedy, as victims succumb to extreme blood loss while awaiting medical treatment.

A national initiative called Stop the Bleed, which was recently adopted by Lawrence General, aims to help rectify this situation by expanding the number of people properly trained in the techniques used to stanch blood flow. To date, more than 90 people have been trained, both at Lawrence General and in the surrounding community, and more training sessions are scheduled throughout the spring. The initial focus has been on educating trauma surgeons, nurses, EMTs, and paramedics, as well as local police and fire departments.

“Hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death during a trauma,” says Beth Pahigian, RN, BSN, TCRN, manager of Lawrence General’s Trauma Program, who is conducting the training sessions with assistance from several colleagues. “This initiative is intended to empower immediate responders and bystanders to help stop bleeding before professional help arrives.”

The one-hour class is designed to emphasize the use of tourniquets, direct pressure, and wound packing to properly and effectively stop blood flow. The program includes both a classroom component, as well as hands-on application of the bleeding control techniques. 

“When we think of the types of situations where this type of training might be useful, we tend to think of active shooter or mass casualty incidents involving lots of people, such as the shootings at Sandy Hook, the Pulse Nightclub, or the Las Vegas concert. But, serious injuries can happen anytime, anywhere— home, work, school,” says Beth.

Beth plans to schedule Stop the Bleed training sessions that are open to all Lawrence General staff. If you are interested, contact her at Elizabeth.Pahigian@lawrencegeneral.org, or extension 2075. Stop the Bleed was created by a group called the Hartford Consensus and is directed by the American College of Surgeons.

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