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Turning Bystanders into First Responders

March 2020

  "You have surely noticed that in the last couple years so many of my articles center around security and safety for our community and Jewish institutions around the United States, in Israel and in countries around the globe. Sadly, it is a reflection of our times. We take our responsibility of security very seriously and this article is about another aspect of protecting our community."    - Bruce Landgarten In the spirit of our CSI (Communal Security Initiative) we are exploring an opportunity to provide our local communal agencies with “Stop the Bleed Kits” and free hands on training with a local trauma surgeon and trauma team.

“Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action that is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

 Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma, and this public health initiative seeks to save lives that would otherwise be lost by training the public on how to stop bleeding after an injury. The program was started in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, but the training can be utilized not only at the site of mass shootings and bombings, but also in the case of motor vehicle accidents or other injuries.

Twenty-five to thirty percent of mass casualties from the incidents in the last few years could be saved ... “Everyone can save a life!”

In an event trauma first aid is needed, each person should first ensure their own safety, as they would not be able to help another victim if they themselves become injured. Alerting 9-1-1 is always the next step after that. Then, locating the main source of the life-threatening bleeding is the next priority.

Finally, applying compression to the wound while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive is critical. Training participants each got to try applying a tourniquet and simulating packing a wound. The key point was that, while there are a number of methods that can be used, they all have one thing in common—compressing a bleeding blood vessel in order to stop the bleeding.

Our proposed “Stop the Bleed” Initiative will aim to provide free trauma and bleeding prevention education to first responders, including police departments, schools and other community organizations. “Stop the Bleed control kits” designed for use in the event of a bleeding emergency. Equipped with items including tourniquets and special bleeding control dressings, “Stop the Bleed” control kits can serve as an important companion to standard first aid kits contain all of the necessary supplies and resources needed to effectively respond.

 

Bruce Landgarten

Chief Executive Officer

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