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MONTHLY EDUCATION INITIATIVE

December is Stop the Bleed Awareness Month

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was launched during an event at the White House, to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. Working with the private sector and nonprofit organizations, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign will put knowledge gained by first responders and our military, into the hands of the public to help save lives.

Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and man-made disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

The goal of this initiative is to build national resilience by empowering the general public to be aware of the simple steps that can be taken to stop or slow life threatening bleeding, and to promote the general public’s access to Bleeding Control Kits in public spaces, while they travel, and in the home.

EMS practitioners are asked to help build awareness of this initiative. For more information on these efforts and how you can get involved in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, please visit dhs.gov/stopthebleed.

For any interest in classes locally in the West Texas and Southern New Mexico region, please contact Bryan Olson at bryan@borderrac.org or visit our Stop the Bleed page at http://borderrac.org/stop-the-bleed/.

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