National Stop the Bleed Month Promotes Lifesaving Skills

UK HealthCare's Trauma program hosts Stop the Bleed Day events on May 23, 2024, to educate community members on controlling severe bleeding. The free events offer 2-hour presentations and hands-on training to teach lifesaving skills.

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National Stop the Bleed Month Promotes Lifesaving Skills

National Stop the Bleed Month Promotes Lifesaving Skills

May 2024 marks National Stop the Bleed Month, a crucial initiative that aims to educate individuals on controlling severe bleeding through a simple, three-step process. This lifesaving program, launched by the American College of Surgeons, has already trained nearly 4 million individuals globally since its inception in 2015.

The Stop the Bleed program focuses on teaching anyone to control severe bleeding by following three easy steps: applying direct pressure, packing the wound, and applying a tourniquet. By promoting this program, National Stop the Bleed Month seeks to empower individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to save lives in emergency situations.

Why this matters: Uncontrolled bleeding is a leading cause of preventable death from trauma, and educating individuals on how to control severe bleeding can significantly reduce the number of lives lost. By promoting this program, National Stop the Bleed Month has the potential to make a substantial impact on public health and safety.

In support of this initiative, the UK HealthCare Trauma program is hosting a Stop the Bleed Day event on May 23, 2024, from 4-6 p.m. at the Lexington Fire Department, Station 20, located at 3001 Arrowhead Drive, Lexington, KY 40503. The event aims to educate community members on basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters.

Severe bleeding can result in death within minutes before paramedics respond, making uncontrolled bleeding the leading cause of preventable death from trauma. Research suggests that bystanders with little or no scientific training can save lives during an emergency by intervening with simple techniques, such as compressing a wound after a traumatic injury.

Another free 2-hour presentation and hands-on training event will be held at Firefighters Park, with two sessions: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM for the 1st presentation and hands-on training, and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM for the 2nd presentation and hands-on training. The event aims to teach the valuable skill of major hemorrhage control, which accounts for over 60,000 deaths per year in the US.

The training will include a slide presentation, Q&A, and hands-on training with props that simulate bleeding using water and food coloring. Participants are advised to wear clothes that can get stained and bring a chair if possible. Persons under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

UK HealthCare, the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky, is committed to providing advanced subspecialty care for critically injured and ill patients. As an academic research institution, UK HealthCare continuously pursues the next generation of cures, treatments, protocols, and policies, with the potential to change what's medically possible within our lifetimes. By hosting the Stop the Bleed Day event, UK HealthCare aims to empower community members to become helpful bystanders during emergencies, ultimately contributing to a healthier Kentucky.

Key Takeaways

  • May 2024 is National Stop the Bleed Month, educating individuals on controlling severe bleeding.
  • The Stop the Bleed program teaches 3 easy steps: direct pressure, packing, and tourniquet.
  • Uncontrolled bleeding is a leading cause of preventable death from trauma.
  • UK HealthCare is hosting Stop the Bleed Day events on May 23, 2024, in Lexington, KY.
  • The events aim to educate community members on basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding.