The Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), in conjunction with the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association (CTACS) will host a Stop the Bleed training on June 18 from 11:00 a.m. – noon, for employees of 127 Washington Avenue in North Haven and throughout the greater New Haven region interested in learning to prevent rapid blood loss in the event of an accident, attack, or natural disaster.
“Stop the Bleed provides vital training in treating victims of not only unspeakable tragedies, but from everyday accidents,” comments EVP/CEO of CSMS, Matthew Katz.
Stop the Bleed is the national awareness campaign and call to action aimed at decreasing preventable deaths. Kimberly Davis, MD, FACS, President of CTACS commented, “teaching easy to learn bleeding control techniques empowers individuals to provide immediate response in an emergency. It’s no different than learning how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).”
Life threatening emergencies happen without warning. Emergency responders may not be near, and bystanders will almost always be first on the scene. One of the most common injuries among victims of an emergency bleeding and the associated rapid loss of blood can result in death within five minutes. Those nearest to a person with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care, significantly increasing the victim’s chance of survival.
Katz added, “CSMS feels so strongly about this program we purchased our own Stop the Bleed kit and are pleased to host a training for our colleagues in our building and throughout the region. While we hope it never needs to be opened, these kits are sadly becoming as important as defibrillators in the workplace.”
Stop the Bleed training at CSMS (127 Washington Ave. East Building, 3rd floor) will be open to the media from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and open to the public from 11:00 a.m. – Noon on June 18, 2018 who are also invited to take the 30-minute course.
About Stop the Bleed
In April 2013, just a few months after the disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with the medical community and representatives from the federal government, the National Security Council, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and governmental and nongovernmental emergency medical response organizations convened a Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events.
The committee was spearheaded by Connecticut trauma surgeon, Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, to create a protocol for national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events. The committee’s recommendations, known as the Hartford Consensus, were published as a series of four reports. The final report, the Hartford Consensus IV, called for a national implementation of standards and protocols. In response to this call, the American College of Surgeons developed training programs and resources under the umbrellas of Stop the Bleed and www.BleedingControl.org to provide a training framework and “a one-stop, online resource to credible information on bleeding control.”
About the Connecticut State Medical Society
One of the nation’s oldest medical societies, the Connecticut State Medical Society was founded in 1792 and serves more than 6,000 physicians across the state. The mission of CSMS is to be the voice of all Connecticut physicians; to lead physicians in advocacy; to promote the profession of medicine; to improve the quality of care; and to safeguard the health of our patients.
About the Connecticut Chapter of the ACS
Founded 50 years ago, the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Professional Association is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of surgical care through education, mentorship, fellowship and advocacy for patients, physicians and surgical residents.