May 23 is National Stop the Bleed Day. If you were at the scene of a casualty
and needed to render care before emergency responders arrived, would you
know what to do?
Through a national program called Stop the Bleed, Marshall Medical Center
is participating in a training program to prepare community members with
knowledge on how to treat injuries caused by home accidents, motor vehicle
accidents, active shooters, bombings, work-related injuries etc.
It’s important to understand that while the national average time
for emergency responders to arrive is within six minutes, a person can
bleed out in just three minutes. This program provides the training necessary
for bystanders to provide interim care until those emergency responders
are able to arrive and step in.
To date, Marshall Medical Center has trained 22 staff members to be instructors
for the Stop the Bleed program. These are EMTs, registered nurses and
licensed vocational nurses who donate their time to teach members of our
community how to stop the bleed. Funded entirely by a grant from the Richie
Fund and the Marshall Foundation for Community Health, the program has
trained 229 El Dorado County residents including students and teachers
at local schools. The goal is to eventually provide training in all area schools.
Marshall is working with other agencies to help supply Stop the Bleed kits,
tourniquets and training to all high schools and search and rescue volunteers
in El Dorado County.
How to Stop the Bleed
It’s important to know the ABCs of stopping the bleed:
A – Alert: Call 911 or tell someone nearby to call 911 while you
assist the patient
B – Bleeding: Open or remove clothing to find the source of the bleeding
and identify life-threatening bleeding
C – Compress: Apply pressure on the wound. If you have a trauma kit,
apply a tourniquet to the extremity wound. Stuff the wound with gauze
or a clean cloth.
For more information about Marshall Medical Center’s Stop the Bleed
program, contact Jackie Richardson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-626-2772