New ‘Stop the Bleed’ report highlights how a lack of training and equipment could cost thousands of lives
Thousands of lives could be saved in the US every year if people had the right training and education to ‘stop a bleed’ it has been revealed.
A new survey* to mark ‘Stop the Bleed Day’ shows that 99.3% of all respondents understand that a person can bleed out before professional help arrives, yet just over a quarter have the skills to prevent it.
Carried out by Cincinnati manufacturer TyTek Medical, the survey also illustrated that 78% of people don’t own or have access to medical equipment that could control a bleed, meaning lives could be unnecessarily lost in the wake of a deliberate attack, mass casualty incident or large-scale accident.
“The results of our survey demonstrate there is a stark disconnect between knowing the risks and being able to mitigate them,” explained Chris Tyler, TyTek Medical’s President.
“With the pandemic restrictions being lowered, people are moving around more and crowds are returning to sports and entertainment venues, transport hubs, shopping malls and even the workplace.”
He continued: “It has never been more important to treat a catastrophic bleed and save lives and we want to use ‘Stop the Bleed Day’ to raise awareness of our mission to educate, equip and empower people to save lives.”
Bystanders or zero responders will always be first on the scene of an accident or incident and, no matter how fast the emergency services arrive, it’s the bystander who becomes the first responder.
This simply means that the more people trained in stopping a bleed, the more lives that can be saved. Calls are now being made to increase training and awareness of the three simple actions you can immediately take in the event of severe bleed, such as pressure with hands, dressing and press and how to apply a tourniquet.
Dustin Calhoun MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, went on to add: “Around 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, which means hemorrhage is the most common cause of preventable death in trauma.
“It can take just two to five minutes for someone to bleed out. Therefore, if a bystander at the scene is educated, equipped and empowered, they will have more chance to save that person’s life.
“Anyone can be educated, equipped and empowered to save someone’s life in the event of a trauma – a friend, family member, colleague, or the person next to you at any given location.”
The survey also highlighted that 87% of responders didn’t know how or where to sign up for a ‘Stop the Bleed’ class.
Chris Tyler concluded: “We really need to get the message out there. A simple training class, combined with access to the right equipment, could save thousands of lives every year.”
*Based on a survey carried out by TyTek Medical (April 17 – May 7) with 151 responses.