Priority Ambulance Trains Over 100 Tenn. Citizens to Stop the Bleed
Last week, Priority Ambulance and Fort Loudoun Medical Center observed the national Stop the Bleed initiative with training events and donations that targeted Loudon County schools and the general public.
In total, more than 110 Loudon County community members were trained in lifesaving bleeding control techniques, including 40 teachers who serve as a medical first response team at each high school. Priority Ambulance and Fort Loudoun also donated bleeding control kits, which include gauze, gloves, tourniquet and trauma shears, to each public and private elementary, middle and high school in Loudon County. The kits will be located in the AED boxes at each school, which are already maintained by Priority Ambulance and marked with clear signage.
“We’re members of this community, and it’s our children that attend these schools,” Priority Ambulance EMS Director Travis Estes. “We are personally committed to making sure that our teachers and students are prepared for any type of emergency. The bleeding control training will be added to our already extensive lifesaving medical training program in the schools.”
Priority Ambulance and Fort Loudoun Medical Center instructors also held free Stop the Bleed training classes for the public on National Stop the Bleed Day, Saturday, March 31, at The Venue in Lenoir City. Instructors demonstrated basic techniques and use of household items to control bleeding. More than 70 citizens received bleeding control training and certificates recognizing the completion of the course.
“We partnered with Priority Ambulance on this initiative because we share a commitment to a safe and well-prepared community,” said Jeffrey Feike, President and Chief Administrative Officer at Fort Loudoun Medical Center. “Intervention by bystanders is critical in bleeding control situations, just as it is in cardiac events or stroke, to improve outcomes when patients arrive in our emergency department.”
Research has shown that bystanders with little or no medical training can save a life by knowing basic bleeding control skills to stabilize a patient while emergency responders arrive. More than 30,000 lives could be saved each year with effective bleeding control. Intervention in a bleeding control situation has a higher percentage rate of success than CPR.
“Everyone should know what to do in a medical emergency,” Priority Ambulance Director and National Association of EMTs President Dennis Rowe said. “Just like CPR and other critical first aid skills, knowing when and how to control bleeding can be the difference between life and death. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents.”
Priority Ambulance already provides free biannual training for all Loudon County teachers in CPR and first aid and will add bleeding control to the curriculum. By the end of 2018, all teachers in Loudon County will have received bleeding control training during regularly schedule in-service trainings.
Stop the Bleed, an initiative by the American College of Surgeons, is a national grassroots effort to educate the public in bleeding control protocols. For information on purchasing personal bleeding control kits and events across the country, visit https://cms.bleedingcontrol.org/class/search.