St. Francis Medical Center’s Trauma Team Launches “Stop the Bleed” Training in the Community
Jun 14, 2019 | St. Francis News
St. Francis Medical Center’s Trauma team provides life-saving response to patients suffering from critical illnesses and injuries every day, including those accompanied by life-threatening blood loss. That’s why they are leading the hospital’s Stop the Bleed efforts as part of the national awareness campaign to train, equip, and empower bystanders to take action in a bleeding emergency until professional help arrives.
Stop the Bleed was initiated by the White House in 2015 following incidents involving mass casualties. In some cases, victims who initially survived, perished from loss of blood. When bleeding is severe, a person can die within five minutes. Stop the Bleed galvanized federal agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to develop and distribute resources and training to the public on how to curb uncontrolled bleeding. It is built on the premise that anyone nearest a person with critical injuries has the capacity to give immediate care if they have the education and training.
St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) joined the campaign last year, and since then, the Trauma team has developed its program of trainers, educational materials and equipment. It rolled out its first Stop the Bleed training this past May, educating leaders from Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). A collaborative effort with Huntington Hospital, the session taught 80 LAUSD supervisors on Stop the Bleed principles and techniques.
Reaching out to all ages, the Trauma team next joined with Cedars Sinai at Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School in Los Angeles at the school’s safety fair on May 22. SFMC’s Mayra Osuna, NP-BC, TCRN, Trauma Program Manager, and Trauma Nurse Clinicians Itzel Hernandez, RN, CCRN, and Arlene Lim, BSN, TCRN, helped demonstrate and educate more than 540 students grade K-5 on what to do if someone near them is bleeding badly.
Mayra was impressed by the students’ capabilities and commitment to learning how to stop the bleed. She said, “They were a little queasy about the idea at first, but once they began practicing on the mannequins, packing wounds and applying pressure, they felt empowered by what they could do it.
She continued, “They were very engaged and said it was like performing CPR, but you just press down constantly. One of the mannequins could measure the amount of pressure exerted, and many of the students were surprised by and proud of their own strength.”
Over the next two months, the Trauma team will be teaching Stop the Bleed to the staff of Southern California Crossroads, our trauma and injury prevention partner that provides injury and violence prevention, intervention, and society re-entry programs to youth in our community. The Trauma team will also provide training to SFMC’s EVS staff at an upcoming in-service, and to children, adults, and seniors at the hospital’s community health fair in September.
Mayra says that the Trauma team is passionate about this program. Each training session motivates them and reinforces how crucial this education is. She said, “Stop the Bleed is important and it’s simple – those few minutes can save a life.”