NYU Winthrop Hospital to Train Public in ‘Stop the Bleed’

‘Stop the Bleed’ encourages everyday citizens to become trained in stopping a life-threatening bleed before professional help arrives.

NYU Winthrop Hospital to Train Public in ‘Stop the Bleed’

The program was initiated by the American College of Surgeons and is supported by Homeland Security.

Last week, NYU Winthrop Hospital announced it will be extending its ‘Stop the Bleed’ program to non-medical professionals to increase the number of civilians who can assist in stopping life-threatening bleeding.

In its announcement, the Mineola hospital says it is the first large-scale program of its kind in Nassau County.

Stop the Bleed was started in 2015 by the American College of Surgeons and is supported by Homeland Security. It aims to encourage everyday citizens to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

The program was initiated by a physician following the Sandy Hook massacre. The physician examined the wounds of those killed and determined that if pressure had been immediately applied to them, some deaths may have been prevented.

Stop the Bleed includes hands-on training using dummy body parts and blood-like liquid. Participants are taught how to pack wounds, make tourniquets, recognize signs of life-threatening bleeding and the differences between chest/abdominal injuries and arm/leg injuries, according to Innovateli.

The hospital’s announcement also references a study from the National Academics of Science which says post-event trauma from mass-casualty incidents is the leading cause of death of Americans under the age of 46. Bystanders are typically the first on scene for a catastrophic event.

“The most frequent cause of preventable death from extremity injury is bleeding from serious arm and leg wounds,” says NYU Winthrop lead trauma surgeon Fahd Ali, who is also a chief trauma surgeon with the New York State Police. “We as a community have the power to help prevent unnecessary deaths by undergoing Stop the Bleed training. Our hope is that, over time, Stop the Bleed becomes a standard lifesaving program in our communities just like CPR.”

NYU Winthrop launched a pilot program over the summer following a deadly boating accident at a Centerport yacht club. Twenty lifeguards and instructors at four sailing groups completed the two-hour course.

The program has since expanded to include training sessions for police officers, hospital security guards, parking attendants and athletic trainers at local high schools.

The hospital says its long-term goal is to have tourniquet and trauma aid kits everywhere defibrillators can be found.

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