In high-pressure medical situations, knowing how to stop the bleeding can save lives.
“We’re taking a lead in the state about … making sure in worst case scenarios and anything happens that our people are safe or have a better chance of surviving,” said Chad Black, the Regional Trauma Advisory Committee chairman for Region II.
First responders, doctors and other involved with trauma care gathered Friday for the inaugural Region II Trauma Symposium. Region II is composed of 13 counties in North Georgia including Hall County.
After Northeast Georgia Medical Center became a Level II trauma center in 2013, the committee of hospital officials, EMS and other health care providers started working to develop a region-wide trauma plan, Black said.
Roughly 200 people were trained in the committee’s first big push in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, wishing to show people how to provide pressure before medical professionals arrive.
“With all the unfortunate shooting situations — active shooters, schools and businesses — a lot of those patients suffered limb injuries, penetrating trauma to the legs or arms,” Black said.
Patients can bleed out quickly particularly if the injury damages the femoral or brachial arteries.
“Someone can bleed to death in about three minutes from something like that,” Black said regarding the femoral artery.
Those trained at the symposium today were given certificates, but the committee hopes to take the initiative to every school system.
“We want to train all law enforcement in the region and actually put the tourniquets on their person,” Black said. “They can make a big difference if one of them were to get hurt or if they’re out on the scene and they see somebody they can put one on.”
According to the campaign, the tips are to apply “firm, steady pressure” with both hands or some sort of dressing to the bleeding site.
“If the bleeding doesn’t stop, place a tourniquet 2-3 inches closer to the torso from the bleeding,” according to the campaign.