Nineteen members of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s staff participated November 28 in a Stop the Bleed training, conducted by doctors and nurses from the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
“Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly in a situation where a medical response is delayed, can result in death,” according to Shock Trauma’s website. “Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, it is important for the public to learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding – within five to 10 minutes – if the bleeding is not stopped.”
The GBC staff learned the basics of how to control bleeding to help to save a life, including how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and ways to stop it. Staff members learned the ABCs of bleeding: (A – alert) call 911; (B – bleeding) find the bleeding injury; and (C – compress) apply pressure to stop the bleeding by covering the wound with a clean cloth. The Shock Trauma staff also instructed the GBC staff about how to cover a wound with a clean cloth and apply pressure by pushing directory on it with both hands, how to use a tourniquet and how to pack the wound with gauze or a clean cloth.
Interested in learning more or organizing a training for your office? Visit the Stop the Bleed campaign information page and contact Dr. Habeeba Park of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The training is performed by trained medical professionals and includes hands-on instruction and visual presentations.
View photos from the training here.