Would you know what to do to save a life?
Recent events have made us painfully aware how lethal gunshot wounds can be.Even beyond gunshot wounds, knowing how to stop a traumatic bleeding injury is crucial even when natural disasters, like an earthquake, happen.
Now, there’s a big nationwide campaign to teach civilians how to be first responders .The campaign is called Stop the Bleed and focuses on the A-B-Cs everyone should know to help someone suffering from a traumatic injury.
A-Always Alert 9-1-1 first.
B-Bleeding-find the source of bleeding.
C-Use direct pressure to compress and control the bleeding until help arrives.
According to Alyssa Ball, one of the EMS educators for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, hemorrhaging is the leading cause of preventable death, secondary to traumatic injury.She says how you react in the first few seconds, not minutes, is crucial and can be lifesaving.
Our first responders have Stop the Bleed kits, but anyone can get their own kit.The kits come equipped with gauze, a tourniquet, bandages and the basics you would need to help someone stop bleeding.Soon, Stop the Bleed kits will be placed in public places, just in case of an emergency.
To learn more about the Stop the Bleed campaign you can visit BleedingControl.org