By Mike Ittner, NR, Paramedic, TCHC Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Did you know that when injuries occur during emergencies and man-made and natural disasters, major bleeding is the second-leading cause of death?
TCHC EMS is championing this campaign in Wadena, Todd and Otter Tail counties by offering free Stop the Bleed kits and free education to anyone in the tri-county area who needs it.
Each Stop the Bleed kit has gloves, absorbent gauze and tourniquets, as well as a flyer containing first aid tips. When we deliver the kit, we will provide free training on how to use the items and the best methods for controlling bleeding. One of our main goals is to put a Stop the Bleed kit wherever there is an AED, but anyone with a need is welcome to request one.
You can make a difference
Victims of a massive bleed can die within five to 10 minutes if it isn’t controlled. Serious bleeding could be caused by a number of incidents, including falls, shop accidents, car crashes and man-made or natural disasters.
One of the core components of the Stop the Bleed campaign is to educate potential bystanders. Despite how quickly emergency responders arrive, witnesses are always the first people at a scene, so their quick action could be the difference between life and death for a victim.
The more blood we keep in the body, the better chance a person has of surviving. Our free kits allow bystanders to immediately begin life-saving measures by controlling a bleed until emergency responders arrive. Anyone can save lives if they know what to do.
This Stop the Bleed campaign will help us further increase safety for the public, and we hope community members will take advantage of these free kits and training.
I want to give a huge thank you to the local VFW, American Legion, Lions, Elks, St. Helen’s Episcopal Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ Lamson fund and the Tri-County Health Care Foundation, all of whom donated funds to make our Stop the Bleed kits possible.
To request a Stop the Bleed kit, give me a call at 218-631-7464.
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign started by a workgroup of The White House National Security Council.
For more information, visit bleedingcontrol.org.
About the Author: Mike Ittner, a retired member of the U.S. Armed Forces, is currently the EMS manager. He received his EMT training from Tri-County EMS, completed his paramedic training and has been associated with Tri-County EMS for seven years.