Are you aware that hemorrhage – that is, uncontrolled bleeding – is responsible for a full 35% of pre-hospital deaths in the U.S.? Trauma is actually the #1 cause of death for Americans under 46 years old.
In fact, the Army actually ranks hemorrhage as the number one cause of death on the battlefield. Car accidents, falls, punctures, and weapons violence are all examples of common traumatic injury situations occurring every day in the United States.
Stop the Bleed
Although trauma itself can’t always be prevented, excessive bleeding often can. In fact, the government has launched a widespread campaign designed to educate the public on how to effectively manage bleeding while waiting for first responders. It’s called “Stop the Bleed” and it’s a process almost anyone can master, from security guards to construction workers to bystanders.
The three ways to Stop the Bleed:
- Apply Pressure With Hands
Expose the wound and apply firm, steady pressure with both hands if possible.
- Apply Dressing and Press
Using a dressing, expose the wound and apply firm, steady pressure.
- Apply a Tourniquet
Using a professional tourniquet, pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod, and secure tightly with Velcro. If necessary, apply a second tourniquet closer to the torso.
Who Should Stop the Bleeding?
Whoever is available. If a law enforcement officer is on-scene, they may have the necessary training and a tourniquet on hand. If not, anyone in the area should try to help when possible: a bystander, regular citizen, adults, or even teens. The point of the Stop the Bleed Program is to provide all Americans with the basic skill set they need to feel confident stemming a bleed.
Of course, different levels of injury call for different action. Minor bleeding injuries might only need hand-applied pressure, but serious injuries – those caused by car accidents or gunshots, for example – will likely require a tourniquet to be truly effective. Military personnel should carry a tourniquet with them at all times to ensure they’re ready to manage a serious wound.
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