In today’s day and age, preparedness is key – especially when it comes to acts of terrorism. In fact, bystanders on the scene of any crisis incident involving life threatening injuries could actually be best positioned to help stop victims’ bleeding until professional medical aid arrives. That’s why NYU Winthrop recently rolled out a Stop the Bleed program, which is educating and empowering citizens to take action in the wake of tragedy.
Dr. D’Andrea Joseph, Interim Chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care, and Dr. Fahd Ali, a lead Trauma Surgeon, illustrate the proper use of a tourniquet
Stop the Bleed is a national program initiated by the American College of Surgeons and supported by Homeland Security. “The most frequent cause of preventable death from extremity injury is bleeding from serious arm and leg wounds,” explains D’andrea Joseph, MD, Chief of Trauma Surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital. “We as a community have the power to help prevent unnecessary deaths by undergoing Stop the Bleed training, which should become a standard lifesaving program in our communities just like CPR.”
Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. There have been significant advances in trauma care developed over the last decade through knowledge gained treating service members in Iraq and Afghanistan, with the percentage of wounded who died from injuries there declining precipitously. Stop the Bleed applies some of that knowledge to life-threatening bleeding in the civilian population. The program was initiated by a physician who examined the wounds among those killed in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut and determined that, if pressure had been immediately applied to some wounds, deaths would have been prevented.
NYU Winthrop nurse Judy Jax teaches Adelphi University public safety officers how to “Stop the Bleed”
The two-hour Stop the Bleed program offered by NYU Winthrop focuses on teaching tactics to recognize life-threatening bleeding and provide immediate response to control that bleeding, including by direct pressure, the use of tourniquets, or packing (filling) a wound with gauze or clean cloth. (Serious chest and abdominal injuries usually cause internal bleeding, which cannot be stopped outside a hospital.) The Stop the Bleed training employs the use of dummy body parts for realistic, hands-on training.
“The Stop the Bleed knowledge gained by everyday citizens may save countless lives,” said Fahd Ali, MD, a lead Trauma Surgeon at NYU Winthrop, which is an American College of Surgeons Level 1 Trauma Center. That highest-level designation means that the Hospital can provide the most advanced care for traumatic and complex injuries. Added Dr. Ali, “Eventually it may be worthwhile to have a trauma aid kit, which includes tourniquets, in public places alongside defibrillators, as well as on mass transportation venues.”
Organizations interested in more information on the program may contact Judy Jax or call: 516-663-8708.