AMR Adopts National Stop the Bleed Campaign
As part of a commitment to educate citizens about important safety situations and precautions, American Medical Response (AMR) has adopted the national Stop the Bleed campaign and has committed resources to training local citizens about measures that can save lives during traumatic incidents.
“We are strongly committed to training bystanders to help in emergency situations,” said AMR President and CEO Edward Van Horne. “Throughout the year, we train citizens how to perform bystander, compression-only CPR as part of our annual National CPR Challenge. Stopping the bleed is another important way that bystanders can help somebody in need until EMTs, paramedics or firefighters arrive on the scene. We want to educate and train as many people as we can because we know how bystander intervention can save a life.”
The Stop the Bleed campaign says that people can die from blood loss within five minutes and cites a National Academies of Science study that trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46. They add, “Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.”
AMR has committed teams and resources at the national level to start training local citizens on the simple steps to follow in case of a traumatic bleeding injury:
- Call 911 or have somebody call 911
- Apply pressure with hands
- Apply dressing (clothes or bandages) and press firmly
- Apply tourniquets 2-3 inches closer to the torso with a belt or something you can tie
AMR has developed a series of videos, tips and instructions on numerous health and safety topics. These are available for local cities, municipalities, schools and non-profits to use. The safety tips and instructions can be found at https://www.amr.net/resources/safety-information.
“We saw heroic, unprecedented activity with citizen ‘first responders’ during the horrific shooting in Las Vegas on October 1 last year, and we know those citizens saved countless lives,” said AMR Chief Medical Officer Ed Racht. “Our teams are trained and equipped to handle these situations every day, but we know without a doubt that when people follow the national Stop the Bleed instructions, their intervention can save lives.”
For additional information about the national Stop the Bleed campaign, visit https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed.