New London Hospital’s Stop the Bleed Program
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action launched in 2015 by the American College of Surgeons. The program trains community members how to help in a bleeding emergency prior to the arrival of professional help. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. Stopping the bleeding is critical for chances of survival.
Often when people think about serious injuries resulting in critical bleeding, mass shootings are the first events that come to mind.
“While mass shootings certainly raise awareness for the need to train citizens, critical bleeding injuries are much more common than people are aware,” says Pamela Drewniak, EMS and emergency preparedness coordinator at New London Hospital. “From traffic accidents, such as the motorcycle accident we saw in Randolph, NH, recently, to yard injuries involving various equipment, being prepared if such an incident happens can save a life.”
In May 2018, New London joined several other organizations nationwide providing training sessions in their communities on Stop the Bleed Day. In 2019, New London EMS hosted six Stop the Bleed training sessions in the month of May in the Lake Sunapee Region, which included the towns of Danbury, Wilmot, New London and Sunapee.
Stop the Bleed is now one of the nation’s largest public health campaigns. Jason Warn, paramedic at New London, is the New Hampshire State Coordinator for National Stop the Bleed Month. “One of the leading causes of preventable death in traumatic injury is unmitigated bleeding. Every individual trained becomes educated and empowered to act in someone else’s time of need when precious seconds count,” says Warn. “The feedback from class participants has been incredibly positive. The common theme is the sense of self confidence in mindset and skill set among students when they complete class. Another sentiment echoed many times is that this education and training should be held in every school, in every town, to every citizen. And that Public Access Bleeding Control Kits should be placed in every public space next to any AED station. I hope to see these ideas become a reality in the near future.”
For more information about Stop the Bleed, visit www.bleedingcontrol.org or contact Pamela Drewniak, EMS and emergency preparedness coordinator at NLH, at 603-526-5501 or Pamela.Drewniak@newlondonhospital.org.