Emergency bleeding control basics for civilians, emergency responders and law enforcement

Stop the Bleed is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus with the aim of empowering civilians to act quickly and effectively to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, such as when someone severely cuts themselves, an active shooter is involved or during a mass casualty event. Death from bleeding can happen within just five to 10 minutes, but if civilian bystanders (often the first people on the scene) as well as emergency responders/law enforcement are equipped with basic tools for stopping the bleeding, lives may be saved.

At both Main Line Health Trauma Centers located at Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital, our Stop the Bleed instructors offer basic bleeding control training, such as how to apply pressure as well as use dressings and tourniquets to stop severe bleeding in an emergency situation.

Register for an upcoming Stop the Bleed training class

Stop the Bleed emergency bleeding control training for law enforcement

As early responders, law enforcement officers who have bleeding control training may be able to help keep victims alive until emergency medical personnel arrive. Thanks to a partnership between the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, all PSP members will receive Stop the Bleed training at designated trauma centers. At Lankenau Medical Center and Paoli Hospital Trauma Centers, we work with law enforcement to provide this lifesaving treatment. As part of this effort, all Pennsylvania State Police officers will carry tourniquets if needed in an emergency.

Our training teams also work closely with EMS (emergency medical services) personnel and other county organizations to provide training on basic bleeding control to our community members, youth groups and schools.

Interested in more information or in hosting the Stop the Bleed program? Please call Lisa Eckenrode at 484.565.8328 or Flo Byarms at 484.476.8207. You can also email the Trauma Center at Paoli Hospital at paolitrauma@mlhs.org.

Download the Stop the Bleed app

Life-threatening bleeding can be fatal in minutes. Use this app to learn techniques recommended by the Stop the Bleed campaign to apply pressure and possibly save lives in an emergency.

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