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Saving lives with “Stop the Bleed”

Date: 05/22/2019

Stop-the-Bleed-photo-sm-(1).jpgBangor, Maine (May 22, 2019) — After the Sandy Hook tragedy struck in 2012, a group of leaders from the medical community, law enforcement, and the federal government, looked for ways to improve survivability from mass casualty events. They could see that if civilian bystanders were taught the basic skills to stop bleeding in an emergency situation, lives could be saved, and the national Stop the Bleed initiative was created.
“After accidents, there can be a delay between the time of injury and when a first responder can begin treatment at the scene,” explains Anna Moses, BSN, RN, CCRN, CEN, TCRN, nurse coordinator, Trauma Program, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. “You never know when you might find yourself at the scene of major trauma. Even injuries from falls or car crashes can cause life-threatening bleeding.”
On Thursday, May 23, National Stop the Bleed Day, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center will be sharing information with patients, visitors, and staff, about steps they can take to help prevent the primary cause of death after injury: bleeding.

“With the Stop the Bleed class, any of us can be quickly taught simple skills that can save lives,” says Anna. “It empowers civilians who are not clinically trained with techniques to control bleeding, use your hands for direct pressure, apply dressings, and use a tourniquet.”
Since July 2017, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has been distributing the Stop the Bleed message in the community by partnering with law enforcement, local emergency responders, and educational institutions to offer the 75-minute class by request at no charge. To date, the Medical Center’s trauma program has trained about 1,100 community members over the course of 50 classes.

If you would like to bring this class to your community or organization, please contact Anna at
The Stop the Bleed program was created by the Hartford ConsensusTM, The Committee on Trauma, and it is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons. Learn more at Thursday marks the second annual National Stop the Bleed Day.