Trauma is the leading cause of death for people 1-40 years old. More specifically, according to the National Trauma Institute, hemorrhaging is responsible for almost 35% of pre-hospital deaths and 40% of deaths in the first twenty-four hours after a traumatic event. Given these facts, on October 6, 2015 the White House launched the Stop the Bleed initiative. Stop the Bleed seeks to build personal resilience and safeguard the nation by empowering the public to stop life-threatening hemorrhage. Stop the Bleed recognizes that while the public is relatively well educated about layperson lifesaving for cardiac arrest and choking, there is no similar knowledge dissemination for traumatic emergencies.
To further the Stop the Bleed initiative, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) developed a series of educational tools to facilitate layperson tourniquet application (The NCDMPH will release these educational tools to the public after research testing is complete). Through two phases of research, the NCDMPH will test the efficacy of these educational tools. The first portion of research will determine which of the tools is most effective in teaching non-medical laypeople how to apply a tourniquet. The second portion will use a hyper-realistic environment to test these educational tools’ impact on non-medical laypeople’s ability to: recognize life-threatening bleeding, willingness to act to save a life, and performance in applying a tourniquet
If your are in the DC/VA area and are interested in having your business/company/church/orgainization participate in stop the bleed contact Victoria Klimczak NCDMPH2@gmail.com.