Recently, Huntington Hospital’s Amal Obaid-Schmid, MD, medical director of trauma services, Michelle Baker, RN, trauma program manager, and their team, completed a training for 75 local school nursing staff at Los Angeles County Office of Education. The session provided hands-on demonstrations and information about how to use tourniquets and control bleeding in traumatic injuries.
“Severe bleeding can kill someone within minutes before EMS or other public safety providers arrive,” says Baker. “The person closest to you may be the only one who can stop the bleed. This training can help everyone – from an experienced physician to an elementary school teacher – learn how they can help stop or control an actively bleeding injury, which may have been the result of a car crash, work or home accident or an active shooter event.”
Upon completion of the “Stop the Bleed” program, participants will be able to teach not only their fellow colleagues, but members of the community at large. In addition to the recent session, Huntington Hospital’s trauma team has held trainings for Pasadena Unified School District school nurses, Southern California Edison’s safety department and Holy Family Catholic School staff in South Pasadena.
As a Level II Trauma Center, Huntington Hospital is required to provide education to help prevent traumatic injuries. The Stop the Bleed program is a nationwide initiative created by the American College of Surgeons and the Harford Consensus to aid in these prevention efforts. With mass casualty incidents on the rise, this program has become the forefront for trauma centers injury prevention programs.
This initiative has great support from the community. Proceeds from this year’s Fall Food + Wine festival will support Huntington Hospital’s trauma services and education, including the Stop the Bleed program.
To learn more about the Stop the Bleed program and our trauma services, please visit: https://www.huntingtonhealth.org/our-services/emergency-trauma/.