Stop the Bleed is a nationwide program that is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (PRWEB) March 24, 2018
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recognizes March as National Athletic Training Month (NATM). The 2018 theme is “Compassionate Care for All.” Athletic Trainers from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania participated in the Stop the Bleed campaign to help demonstrate Athletic Trainers’ ability to provide care for all populations. Launched in 2015, Stop the Bleed is a nationwide program that is “intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives” (https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed).
On March 1st, Athletic Trainers from the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) and the Berks County Scholastic Athletic Trainers’ Association (BCSATA) participated in launching of the Stop the Bleed campaign in Berks County, PA. In partnership with Penn State Health St. Joseph, a local hospital, and the Berks County Intermediate Unity (BCIU), the BCSATA will be supplying all area school buildings with Stop the Bleed kits and will be training individuals in those school buildings in the proper application of tourniquets.
On March 14th, in the Southwest region of PATS, Athletic Trainers participated in Stop the Bleed training during the regional meeting. These Athletic Trainers learned proper techniques on pressure and tourniquet application to a person who has a significant bleed. According to the Stop the Bleed website, this training is important because “no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore, it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46” (https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed).
Athletic Trainers’ first priority is their patients’ well-being. They provide thoughtful, compassionate health care, always respecting the rights, welfare and dignity of others. By participating in Stop the Bleed campaign, Athletic Trainers can continue to be an integral part of their local communities by training others to be an active bystander during emergent situations.
For more information regarding this topic or to schedule an interview with PATS President George Roberts, MEd, LAT, ATC, CES (president(at)gopats.org), please contact Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PATS Executive Director at patsexecutivedirection(at)gopats.org.
The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. is a progressive organization of licensed health care professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Our society continues to increase public awareness and education regarding athletic trainers and the athletic training profession while serving as the premier source of information for public safety, injury and illness, early intervention, patient care and healthcare delivery for the physically active in the Commonwealth.
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