Uncontrolled bleeding from traumatic injury is the #1 preventable cause of death, not only for the military in combat situations but also for civilians involved in violent incidents or mass casualty events. Learning how to stop the bleeding of an injured patient can mean the difference between life and death for victims. Even when first responders are quickly on the scene it takes as little as three minutes for someone to bleed to death from a serious injury such as a gunshot wound.
Bleed control techniques, such as applying a tourniquet or packing a wound, are skills that can be applied very effectively by anyone and can help save a life in a deadly situation, similar to performing CPR or applying an automated external defibrillator in the workplace.
On the recent National Stop the Bleed Day in March, we were asked by Kelly Andersen of Fox News Baltimore to demonstrate critical bleed control techniques such as tourniquet application and wound packing using the Tactical Casualty Care Simulator (TCCS) and Tactical Hemorrhage Control Trainer (THCT). The TCCS and THCT are military grade simulators that feature remote-control pulsatile bleeding and hemorrhage control via pressure, elevation and pressure points; realistic wound patterns; lifelike tissue and high anatomic fidelity and can also be used to train airway stabilization.
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign started by the White House to provide free bleed control training and empower the general public to be aware of the steps that can be taken to stop or slow life-threatening bleeding.