ATS and STN Project Featured at Recent White House Stop the Bleed Program
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Last week, the ATS joined the White House and other trauma and emergency care partners for the launch of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign. This initiative provides bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. Working with the private sector and nonprofit organizations, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign will put knowledge gained by first responders and our military, into the hands of the public to help save lives.
The launch event included representatives from numerous private sector groups and nonprofit organizations to who are working to implement and accelerate this initiative. As the ATS and STN have collaborated on National Trauma Awareness Month, the groups joined together again to submit a proposal to help build national awareness of the campaign and the important role bystanders can play in saving lives. This project along with 26 others from partner organizations were highlighted as "featured programs" during the launch event. The ATS looks forward to assisting with this important effort. For more information on these efforts and how you can get involved in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, please visit dhs.gov/stopthebleed.
About the Campaign
No one plans for an emergency. A car crash, a tornado, an active shooter, or any accident can change lives in a split second. No one plans to be a victim. No one plans to witness tragedy. However, simple knowledge and immediate action of a bystander can mean life or death for a victim. Bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become lifesavers. The "Stop the Bleed" campaign provides people with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding in the event of an emergency situation. So, why is bleeding the trauma you need to pay attention to in an emergency? Severe bleeding can lead to death in five minutes or less. A victim can bleed to death much faster than trained public safety personnel can arrive. The person standing or sitting next to that individual may be the ONLY one who can make the difference between life and death. The “Stop the Bleed” campaign is the culmination of work convened by the National Security Council at the White House with partners committed to build awareness, harness technology, and empower Americans from all walks of life to respond when they are needed most. Please take a moment to get the information and have the tools to help save lives in the precious moments immediately after an emergency. While the government can and does have a role in fortifying our Nation’s readiness, response happens every day on the individual level. Everyone can protect our nation from harm; anyone can protect their neighbor from harm; and anyone can protect their loved one from harm. Don’t be a bystander. Get informed and be a hero and stop the bleed. Click here to learn more.