How EMS agencies can prepare their communities to ‘Stop the Bleed’

By: EMS1

Prehospital care experts stress the importance of the Stop the Bleed initiative, preparing bystanders to control severe hemorrhage and securing funding for a statewide program.

A live simulcast from the EMS Today 2018 conference, sponsored by Bound Tree, offered insight to attendees on how to prepare their communities to handle the most likely injury from an active shooter or mass casualty incident – severe hemorrhage.

Presenters included Richard Hunt, MD, senior medical adviser for National Healthcare Preparedness Programs; Jon Swanson, executive director, Metropolitan (Arkansas) Emergency Medical Service; Major Clayton Goddard, paramedic, special operations supervisor with Metropolitan Emergency Medical Service; and Brian Rogers, partner/COO with Community Ambulance in Las Vegas.

Rogers provided a firsthand account of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history – the Oct. 1, 2017 Las Vegas shooting. A gunman who opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival left 58 people dead and 851 injured.

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