You may be able to save a person who is bleeding to death by taking quick action. That's the point of National Stop the Bleed Day on March 31.
"Stop the Bleed" is a national initiative launched by the White House and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage bystanders to be trained and equipped to assist in a bleeding emergency.
No matter how fast emergency responders arrive at a trauma scene, bystanders will always be first on the scene. People nearest to someone bleeding badly from injuries are in the best position to provide initial care.
A severely bleeding person can die from blood loss within five minutes. It is crucial to stop blood loss incurred in a shooting, stabbing, car wreck or accident.
The National Stop the Bleed initiative was conceived by the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus, which studied how to save peoples' lives in a mass casualty event like the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre.
"The only thing more tragic than a death from bleeding is a death that could have been prevented," the American College of Surgeons asserts.
Launched in October of 2015 by the White House after that study was released, Stop the Bleed is a national call to action for bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
On National Stop the Bleed Day this week, colleges, universities, first responders, schools and government entitles across the U.S. will conduct seminars about how ordinary people can respond effectively in a trauma situation to help save the life of a person bleeding profusely.
Bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death in trauma - 20 percent of people who die from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control, according to the American College of Surgeons.
John Caine of Quake Kare, a premier provider of emergency survival kits based in St. Louis, says, "When Quake Kare learned about National Bleed Day back in 2015, we began to consider the best ways to address the Stop the Bleed initiative so that any bystander in an emergency situation could immediately help people whose injuries caused severe bleeding."
"We do not profit from trauma," Caine asserts. "Quake Kare is owned by Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis, which is a 501©3 not-for-profit social services organization founded in 1933. All revenue from Quake Kare product sales goes directly to support programs for people who are blind and visually impaired in Missouri and Southwestern Illinois."
Quake Kare's ER™ Blood Stopper Kit contains critical medical supplies for treatment of moderate to severe uncontrolled bleeding caused by penetrating wounds. This kit is designed to enable non-emergency personnel to deliver life-saving treatment to an injured victim until EMS can arrive on scene. The kit includes a color-coded instruction card and an instructional/training video link.
The kit is packaged in a neon orange zippered pouch with a transparent front for increased visibility. The price per kit is $93, and volume discounts are available. Since its introduction Quake Kare's ER™ Blood Stopper Kit has been acquired by hospitals, schools and businesses. The biggest market to date has been school districts and universities. Each kit includes:
"The inability to predict where and when disasters may occur makes it crucial for people to prepare for emergencies with reliable products and expert guidelines that can help save lives," says Brittney Bettonville of Quake Kare.
"As part of a not-for-profit organization, Quake Kare specializes in reducing the stress of disaster preparedness as an experienced source of dependable, affordable products that help people when emergencies occur."
"Quake Kare's ER™ Blood Stopper Kit complements our company's full range of emergency survival kits to help protect people when disasters occur, whether they are natural or man-made, including earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, school shootings and terrorist acts," she says. For descriptions of Quake Kare survival kits, please see www.quakekare.com
Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis helps children and adults who are visually impaired maintain dignity and independence by offering employment, education and support services.
The Lighthouse currently employs 48 people who are legally blind in two manufacturing plants in St. Louis County, Missouri, to assemble, pack and ship Quake Kare survival kits and many other products for consumer, corporate and government customers.
For details about Lighthouse for the Blind-Saint Louis services and programs, please call 800.542.3697 or 314.423.4333 or visit the website www.lhbindustries.com
For information about National Stop the Bleed Day, see the website www.stopthebleedday.org
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