Despite advances in our Nation’s response to mass casualty events (both natural and man-made), a gap remains in our national preparedness and resilience for such incidents. Drawing from a myriad of experiences from recent mass casualty events, the immediate responder represents an often underutilized resource, yet one who is capable of dramatically effecting the outcome and minimizing potential loss of life. The overarching principle of the Hartford Consensus, outlined in several reports, is that “no one should die from uncontrolled bleeding”.
75%-90% of all trauma-related deaths occur before the casualty ever reaches a Medical Treatment Facility (MTF).
In a manner similar to the presentation of CPR training across the country in the 1970’s, hemorrhage control training programs are now being offered to the public by employers, civic and religious groups, schools, and the healthcare community at large. Through this training, empowered and trained community members can serve a critical role as medical providers during the initial moments following a trauma/medical incident. These “First Care Providers” (FCP’s) often have immediate access to severely injured victims and can provide time-sensitive, life-saving interventions.
Trauma is the number one cause of death in the United States in persons from 1 to 46 years of age.
The greater the number of people who know how to control bleeding in an injured patient, the greater the chances of surviving that injury. You can help save a life by knowing how to stop bleeding if someone, including yourself, is injured.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+million citizens of the United States.
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