Even during a global pandemic, there’s still so much to be grateful for in this life. Many of us took time to reflect on how grateful we are for our family, friends, and health. Moreover, we came together to find a solution – and as of April 2021, 1 in 3 Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
However, it’s important to remember that we still live in a time when everything can quickly be taken away from us in a senseless act of violence. Just months into 2021, we’ve seen numerous mass shootings occur around the country, including the Atlanta spa shootings.
Stop the Bleed
In response to the active shooter tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, groups such as Joint Committee to Create A National Policy to Enhance Survivability, Hartford Hospital, and the FBI came together to create the Hartford Consensus. According to the Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the “overarching principle of the Hartford Consensus is that in intentional mass-casualty and active shooter events, no one should die from uncontrolled bleeding.”
Blood loss can lead to death within five minutes, making it crucial that those who are already on the scene – the bystanders – can provide immediate care. That’s why the Department of Homeland Security launched the Stop the Bleed campaign. The movement is “intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.”
Stop the Bleed Training
The Stop the Bleed program empowers the general public by teaching basic techniques of bleeding control. May is Stop the Bleed Month and a great time to learn critical practices to intervene and possibly save lives.
Institutions, medical students, and even high school students in at-risk areas are stepping up to familiarize themselves with protocol and bleeding control kits to make a difference when tragedy strikes.
These Stop the Bleed courses are available nationwide, with over one million people completing training. If you want to get involved, contact your local public health department, hospital, police department, or fire department to see if they offer training. Courses can also be found online using city or zip code.
Stop the Bleed Kits
Knowing how quickly bleeding can lead to death, it’s crucial to have a bleeding control kit handy. At LifeSecure, we are proud to provide bleeding control kits to those bystanders.
The MobileAid BleedStop is a great option for responding to multiple casualties at once in an active shooter emergency. The kit includes items such as compress bandages, petroleum gauze pads for chest wounds, blood clotting gauze, and other bleeding wound supplies to help with life-threatening bleeding.
Any time someone has been shot, it is imperative to stop excessive bleeding as quickly as possible. Depending on the severity and number of individuals harmed, it is vital to be prepared with the tools necessary to stop the bleeding. LifeSecure helps to secure lives in an emergency and is here to provide you with everything you would need should you encounter any kind of gun-related accident, terrorist attack, mass shooting, or gun or other severe accident.