According to the American College of Surgeons, approximately 150,000 people die from trauma each year, of that, they say about 20% may have been prevented.
A program at Reston Hospital Center that encourages bystanders to become trained and empowered to decrease that number by providing immediate care. With tourniquets and gauze the “Stop the Bleed” campaign turns Northern Virginia bystanders into lifesavers teaching them bleeding control techniques step by step.
“We have a trauma center here but unfortunately the major cause of death for these patients is loss of blood at the scene. It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 minutes for someone to bleed to death from a major wound, even less if it’s a major arterial blood vessel,” said Luther Surface, Trauma R.N. at Reston Hospital Center.
The campaign was created by the American College of Surgeons in response to mass shootings.