|National Trauma Awareness Month 2017|
"Stop The Bleed"
The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month. This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 29th anniversary supporting efforts to StopTheBleed. StopTheBleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.
We hope the campaign and its materials will continue to draw attention to these issues and invoke change by the community. The ATS has posted this year’s campaign materials electronically for your use, not only for May, but also in the months thereafter.
We also encourage trauma centers to have a “trauma survivors’ day” to reunite patients and families who have been served by the trauma center. Visit the TSN web site for the materials to plan the celebration. Click on “Get Involved”, and then National Trauma Survivors Day.
We urge you to start planning activities and make this year’s celebration the best one yet!
General Information / Articles of Interest / Research
"How to Use a Tourniquet" (American College of Surgeons)
"Improving Survivability" (American College of Surgeons)
"How To Apply A Tourniquet" (Mass General Hospital)"Stop the Bleed - Basic Skills to Help Save a Life" (Pitt County Government)
"Stop The Bleed Training Introduction" (Center for Advanced Learning Solutions)
"Woodshop Class Accident Simulation" (SSI Guardian)
"A Perfect Stranger" (FEMA)
Trauma Awareness / Trauma Survivors Day (Wednesday, May 17th)
Tool Kit for Trauma Awareness Ceremony
Trauma Awareness Ceremony Checklist
Trauma Awareness Generic Ceremony Brochure
Trauma Nurse Excellence Award Letter
How to Invite and Host Legislators or Policymakers