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South Central Pennsylvania Health Care Organizations Receive 'Stop the Bleed' Kits, Training

April 15, 2019

In a traumatic-injury situation, uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of patient death. With the assistance of the trauma centers in the greater Harrisburg region, more than 30 health care organizations in south central PA today took an additional step to help the seriously injured during a time when every second counts.

Each participating health care organization, including hospitals, EMS, long-term care and home health agencies, received new bleeding control kits to assist in the treatment of life-threatening bleeding injuries. The kits were distributed by the South Central Pennsylvania Healthcare Coalition through the hospital preparedness program grant. The kits include:

  • Tourniquet
  • Protective gloves
  • Dressing to absorb the blood
  • Compression bandages
  • A marker
  • Instructions for use

Each participating organization received a one-hour training through the “Stop the Bleed” program given by the region’s trauma centers. The training and equipment distribution, which was facilitated by the coalition, teaches emergency responders and health care professionals how to address severe wounds through a variety of methods.

“Stop the Bleed” isn’t just for emergency and medical professionals. The training is intended to help bystanders become an essential part of the care for a victim.  It relies on four key components:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Ensure your safety
  • Look for life-threatening bleeding
  • Compress and control

Bleeding control kits play an important role in bystanders working to help the injured; however, in the event that one is not close by, individuals still can help. Clean cloths such as shirts can be used in place of dressings and bandages in the immediate aftermath of an injury to help control the bleeding until emergency or medical professionals can assist the patient.

This project provided an opportunity for health care organizations at all levels to receive this valuable resource and training from highly trained trauma providers in south central Pennsylvania. The collaborative effort of the South Central Pennsylvania Healthcare Coalition creates a network of professional health care personnel that enhances emergency preparedness and management before, during and after disaster events. The bleeding control kits will enhance emergency preparedness planning at all levels of the regional health care community.

HAP’s emergency preparedness team works with member hospitals, as well as the state’s regional health care coalitions, to help the health care community prepare for emergencies that can arise from natural disasters, epidemics, mass-casualty incidents, large-scale events, and cybersecurity breaches, among others.

Through HAPevolve, HAP’s on-demand and specialty consulting arm, a team of nationally recognized experts has helped hospitals across the commonwealth and nation assess their preparedness and work to respond to a variety of emergent situations.

For more information about stop the bleed training or emergency preparedness activities, contact Mark Ross, HAP’s vice president, emergency preparedness. To schedule a custom preparedness assessment, contact Tom Grace, RN, PhD, HAPevolve’s principal consultant, emergency preparedness.

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