Stop the Bleed and Save Lives
Please join me for this 20-minute program with Pamela Finnie, RN, Trauma Program Manager at Regional One Health, Memphis, TN. We discussed the role of a regional trauma center and an important public health program, "Stop the Bleed."
Pamela explains what trauma is and the need for immediate specialized care. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, Regional One Health accepts patients from a 150-mile radius. These include motor vehicle accidents, gunshot wounds, falls, burns, and other bodily injuries. Ground and air ambulances arrive at the hospital regularly. The trauma team treats as many as 40 patients each day, every day of the year.
Pamela is a local ambassador for the "Stop the Bleed" campaign, which teaches first aid for gunshot wounds and other injuries that result in bleeding. She explained that the American College of Surgeons spearheaded "Stop the Bleed" after studies of mass shootings revealed that bystanders could have saved lives if only they knew how. For example, law enforcement officers prioritize neutralizing the threat in a mass shooting rather than assisting injured victims. An uninjured bystander's simple application of pressure or tourniquet could decrease bleeding sufficiently until emergency medical services arrive.
The "Stop the Bleed" program recommends three steps:
1. Before helping others, first make sure you are safe.
2. Call 911
3. Apply pressure to the wound or a tourniquet
"Stop the Bleed" educational programs are free of charge. To locate one in your area, contact stopthebleed.org.
For local programs, please contact Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks to Pamela Finnie for her work at the trauma center and for explaining "Stop the Bleed!"
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