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  • A year ago

    One year ago Today, our Team met at the White House to help design the Stop the Bleed Campaign with other industry leaders... the program was later officially launched (another visit to the White House in October) and is gaining ground today... learn how you can save lives through bleeding control:

    Don't Be a Bystander: Find Out How You Can "Stop the Bleed"
    Don't be a Bystander… be a By-Doer
    Bleeding kills faster than Cardiac Arrest.

    Bystander Stop the Bleed Corporate Roundtable July 2015-crop

  • Abdominal Injuries

    Whenever you have an Abdominal Injury, as a rescuer, you should automatically suspect internal bleeding, and treat for shock as well as any obvious external injuries. Do not touch or replace protruding organs.chad-dressing-1

    Also read: First Aid for External Bleeding

  • Gunshot Wounds

    As we have shared in our posts about the Stop the Bleed campaign, which we participated in developing at the White House with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and others; Bleeding kills faster than Cardiac Arrest, and we as bystanders can help end Death by Bleeding. Important is to have a Bleeding Control Kit and know how to use it to stop the bleeding - FAST.

    Now  a new National Campaign Focuses on gunshot first aid for bystanders.

    No matter how fast emergency responders get to a scene, bystanders will be there first! No matter how fast emergency responders get to a scene, bystanders will be there first!

    A new program, called FIGHTING CHANCE? has been launched at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where the doctors and nurses conducting the training have vast experience with gunshot wounds - as the hospital treats at least 400 shooting victims a year!

    While most of the Stop the Bleed campaign efforts are focused on teaching the public how to respond to mass shootings or mass accidents such as plane or train crash, this focus of the FIGHTING CHANCE?  program is directly aimed and gunshots and urban violence and the traumatic bleeding wounds inherent thereto. This program focuses on teaching residents of communities suffering high rates of violence how to provide basic first aid to victims of gunshot injury.

    FIGHTING CHANCE? coordinators hope that collaboration between Temple, Philadelphia police and community members will not only improve outcomes for violently injured patients, but will also contribute to fostering strong community relationships.

    fighting-chanceIn addition to a focus on providing assistance to victims of violence, another key focus of FIGHTING CHANCE? is the well-being of the bystanders themselves. The program seeks to empower those bystanders and in turn reduce post-traumatic stress that they may experience after the violence.

    For two hours, program participants learn how to control bleeding, position a victim to aid breathing, and lift and carry him to safety while keeping themselves out of harm's way. Then they take part in an intense role-playing session to test their new skills, creating a scene that mirrors the bedlam of a shooting's immediate aftermath.

    The training curriculum was developed by Tim Bryan, DO, Assistant Director of Emergency Medical Services at Temple. A veteran of U.S. Special Operations, Dr. Bryan served as a combat medic in conflict globally. He based the FIGHTING CHANCE ? curriculum on the U.S. military’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care course.

    The Adventure Medical Kits Tactical Field Trauma with QuikClot. Find the Adventure Medical Tactical Field Trauma with QuikClot at First Aid Store™ - small enough to stash into a daypack while equipping you with the supplies and information to venture 1-2 days. Price: $47.99 - In stock Brand: Adventure Medical Kits Product ID: 2064-0291

    About Temple Health
    Temple University Health System (TUHS) is a $1.6 billion academic health system dedicated to providing access to quality patient care and supporting excellence in medical education and research.   The Health System consists of Temple University Hospital (TUH), ranked among the “Best Hospitals” in the region by U.S. News & World Report; TUH-Episcopal Campus; TUH-Northeastern Campus; Fox Chase Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center;  Jeanes Hospital, a community-based hospital offering medical, surgical and emergency services; Temple Transport Team, a ground and air-ambulance company; and Temple Physicians, Inc., a network of community-based specialty and primary-care physician practices.  TUHS is affiliated with the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

    The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM), established in 1901, is one of the nation’s leading medical schools.  Each year, the School of Medicine educates approximately 840 medical students and 140 graduate students. Based on its level of funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Katz School of Medicine is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  According to U.S. News & World Report, LKSOM is among the top 10 most applied-to medical schools in the nation.

    Temple Health refers to the health, education and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple University Health System (TUHS) and by the Katz School of Medicine.  TUHS neither provides nor controls the provision of health care. All health care is provided by its member organizations or independent health care providers affiliated with TUHS member organizations. Each TUHS member organization is owned and operated pursuant to its governing documents.

  • Rebar

    These rebar should be bent over or protected with caps so that a worker would not be injured by falling on them. These rebar should be bent over or protected with caps so that a worker would not be injured by falling on them.

    Ouch - just the thought of it causes a shudder. Nevertheless, rebar impalements are frequent, and serious. While this is a frequent construction injury, it is also the cause of many child injuries, as no matter how well a jobsite is locked down, no matter how many warning signs are posted, and no matter how often parents warn children against it - kids LOVE to play on construction sites. (Also see Bleeding Control to learn how to treat these injuries!)

    Falls: Unguarded Protruding Steel Rebar

    Unguarded protruding steel reinforcing bars are hazardous. Even if you just stumble onto an unguarded rebar you can impale yourself, resulting in serious internal injuries or death.

    Rebar-capsHow Do I Avoid Hazards?

    • Guard all protruding ends of steel rebar with rebar caps or lumber, or 
    • Bend rebar so exposed ends are no longer upright.
    • Plan ahead to ensure there are enough rebar caps or materials to construct guards before installing rebar.

    Rebar Caps

    The OSHA Standard requires that rebar "be guarded to eliminate the hazard of impalement." Not all guards provide that level of protection. In some circumstances, the force of a fall can cause rebar to push clear through a plastic cap and still impale a worker, or the worker can be impaled by the rebar and the cap together.

    Only rebar caps designed to provide impalement protection, such as those containing steel reinforcement, should be used.


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  • Possible Active Shooter at San Diego Navy Medical Center

    Possible Active Shooter at San Diego Navy Medical Center


    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Military authorities responded Tuesday to a report of gunshots at a building on the campus Naval Medical Center San Diego.

    The hospital posted on its Facebook page: "An active shooter has just been reported in building #26 at Naval Medical Center San Diego. All occupants are advised to run, hide or fight."

    Spokesman Mike Alvarez said, however, that "I cannot confirm an active shooter."

    The sounds were heard around 8 a.m. in Building 26, which houses offices and barracks for wounded sailors and Marines as well as a gym, said spokesman Mike Alvarez.

    All non-emergency personnel were asked to stay away from the area.


    Don't Be a Bystander: Find Out How You Can "Stop the Bleed"

  • Cops and Kits Save Lives

    We talked yesterday about he critical need for first aid kits both at home and at work.

    How about First Responders?


    Cops are rescuers, and being properly equipped means saving lives.

    In a recent NBC news story, Cleveland area ER doctors have confirmed Cleveland police officers saved at least three lives in less than a week, with first aid kits used in each incident. According to the article, last week, an 18-year-old crashed his car and then the teen had suffered a gunshot wound shortly before the accident. He ran from police. Those same officers then saved his life. The officers used first aid kits with life-saving products, like tourniquets and QuikClot.

    Have the same essential lifesaving items in your home, car, at work... everywhere. See The Adventure Medical Kits Tactical Field Trauma with QuikClot... it has been a popular product with a wide range of our customers, not just law-enforcement and the hard core Outdoorsmen worried about gunshot wounds, but workplace responders, do-it-yourselfers, and more. Severe bleeding is a serious threat to life, occurs suddenly without warning, and if you truly want to be prepared to stop the bleed, you need to be ready.


  • Do First Aid Kits Save Lives?

    First-Aid-KitsWe often think of first aid kits as a convenience for when you get a scratch of bump. Often when thinking of a personal first aid kit, we think of band-aids. In the workplace, we think of OSHA requirements. But First Aid Kits are so much more.

    First Aid Kits save lives every day.

    Since our sessions at the White House this year, working on developing the Stop The Bleed Campaign, we've talked a lot about the importance of bleeding control. A good first aid kit has the items necessary to tend to serious bleeding - which can kill faster than heart attack or stroke. It has other critical items, too.

    Infection control is a serious concern with wounds, as is healing.

    Eye Injuries can cause permanent disability.

    Burns can cause disfigurement and death.

    Having a good first aid kit and knowing how to use a first aid kit is essential to your safety and those around you.

  • Death by Bleeding

    Car Accidents, Train Derailments, Flying or Falling Debris in Natural or Man-Made Disasters - not to mention common home and workplace accidents; There are so many ways to damage our soft and fragile human bodies.

    Bleeding Kills. Fast.

    Know what to do, get involved, save someone's life. Mortally wounded victims can be rescued with fast intervention - by you.

    As our Readers know, we've been working with the White House Staff on a program to address this specific human risk when can be minimized.

    From the White House FACT SHEET: Bystander: “Stop the Bleed” Broad Private Sector Support for Effort to Save Lives and Build Resilience

    The Administration launched the “Stop the Bleed” campaign during an event at the White House, to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding.  Working with the private sector and nonprofit organizations, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign will put knowledge gained by first responders and our military, into the hands of the public to help save lives.

    stopthebleedUncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers.  Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

    Our national preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and individual citizens. The goal of this initiative is to build national resilience by empowering the general public to be aware of the simple steps that can be taken to stop or slow life threatening bleeding, and to promote the general public’s access to Bleeding Control Kits in public spaces, while they travel, and in the home.

    The initiative and launch event included representatives from numerous private sector groups (that would include us!) and nonprofit organizations to who are working to build awareness, implement and accelerate this initiative. For more information on these efforts and how you can get involved in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, please visit

  • Boston was Strong - will you be?

    You are the Immediate Responder. That means you need to be ready to jump in and act before and until "First" Responders arrive. That's right, Immediate is before First.

    “Our challenge and opportunity is not just about saving lives from immediate life threats. It is not just about cost-benefit analyses. And it goes far beyond increasing survival from daily occurring and catastrophic tragedies. It is about building resilience of people through increasing personal and community efficacy and effectiveness. It is about building on a foundation of the public’s propensity to act and willingness to intervene. And it is about building a community narrative, speaking to the notion of a nation of people who are self-propelled and who have a spirit of taking care of each other, especially in their most desperate moments of need. This is who we are as a nation.”

    Paraphrased from Dr. Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, lead author of Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing

    QuickClot-TraumaJoin the "Stop the Bleed" movement... get involved, save lives.

  • Bleeding kills faster than Cardiac Arrest.

    It is true... you can "Bleed Out" in as little as 3 minutes. Don't be a Bystander... be a By-Doer! Save the lives lost by "Standing By".

    An anecdote from the Bystander “Stop the Bleed” Forum at the White House 11 days ago was about the premise of bleeding control and Immediate Responder techniques is perfectly apropos: "Keep the Blood in the Body." That's really all it takes. Get involved, stop the bleed, save a life. You can get training, you can have bleeding control kits, you can suit up and hunker down, but even if you just have your hand, you can keep the blood in the body, Stop the Bleed.

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    The ”Stop the Bleed” objectives:

    • The general public will know the phrase and associated logo: “Stop the Bleed
    • The general public will be able to have access to lifesaving bleeding control kits at home and in public places.
    • Every bleeding control kit will provide “just in time” audio and visual training

    What belongs in an effective bleeding control kit? According to the recent Stop the Bleed Roundtables, and based upon studies from the Hartford Consensus:

    Bleeding Control Kits – 

    Quantity           Description

    1                      Effective Tourniquet

    1                      Compressive Dressing

    2                      Rolled Gauze

    1                      Trauma Shears

    2                      Nitrile Gloves

    1                      Bag or Container to Hold Equipment


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