Empowering Individuals to Save Lives with Stop the Bleed®

Through the Stop the Bleed® program, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) continues to empower individuals—from high school students to medical students—to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching them the basic techniques of bleeding control. 

Serious, uncontrolled bleeding from trauma can result in death in less than 10 minutes. This is especially true when emergency response is delayed for an active shooter or other violent event. Similar to the way the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings and tourniquets. 

“Anyone who happens to be at the scene of an accident or act of violence can become an immediate first responder and save lives—if they know what to do,” said Corey Kubik, Off Campus Coordinator, Safety and Emergency Management, Henry Ford Allegiance Health.

Athletic trainers from the Henry Ford Allegiance Sports Medicine program will teach this important bleeding control skill in area schools, beginning in February. Stop the Bleed classes for community members, as well as their HFAH team members, will be offered in the future.  When available, dates and class information will be posted on HenryFord.com. 

Stop the Bleed supports a federal policy directive for national preparedness, which targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. Henry Ford Health System is a partner of the National Medical Disaster System, a federally coordinated health care system and partnership of the United States Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Defense and Veterans Affairs. Henry Ford Hospital serves as a receiving facility for medical evacuees and HFHS staff and physicians are made available to the Michigan Team, MI-1 DMAT (Michigan-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team). 

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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