Should the public be taught about severe bleeding?
Dr. Matthew Levy, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, has said the public should receive basic training in how to stop severe bleeding. Teaching people the basic steps in controlling bleeding, similar to the way CPR is taught, could save hundreds of lives.
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, in the US, have started training sessions on immediate management of severe bleeding and use of the new bleeding control kits at schools. Bleeding control kits will be installed in all schools in Howard, as well as other public areas such as libraries, community centres and government buildings to enable the general public to help victims in traumatic incidents.
County Executive Allan Kittleman said about the kits: “We have experienced far too many tragedies, from Sandy Hook Elementary and the Boston Marathon to attacks in Paris and Brussels and other events that have hit close to home…In the wake of tragic events, where victims experience serious injuries, our first responders want to empower the community to help, by transforming bystanders into immediate responders.”