Recently, Huntington Hospital's Amal Obaid-Schmid, MD, medical director
of trauma services, Michelle Baker, RN, trauma program manager, and their
team, completed a training for 75 local school nursing staff at Los Angeles
County Office of Education. The session provided hands-on demonstrations
and information about how to use tourniquets and control bleeding in traumatic injuries.
“Severe bleeding can kill someone within minutes before EMS or other
public safety providers arrive,” says Baker. “The person closest
to you may be the only one who can stop the bleed. This training can help
everyone – from an experienced physician to an elementary school
teacher – learn how they can help stop or control an actively bleeding
injury, which may have been the result of a car crash, work or home accident
or an active shooter event.”
Upon completion of the “Stop the Bleed” program, participants
will be able to teach not only their fellow colleagues, but members of
the community at large. In addition to the recent session, Huntington
Hospital's trauma team has held trainings for Pasadena Unified School
District school nurses, Southern California Edison's safety department
and Holy Family Catholic School staff in South Pasadena.
As a Level II Trauma Center, Huntington Hospital is required to provide
education to help prevent traumatic injuries. The Stop the Bleed program
is a nationwide initiative created by the American College of Surgeons
and the Harford Consensus to aid in these prevention efforts. With mass
casualty incidents on the rise, this program has become the forefront
for trauma centers injury prevention programs.
This initiative has great support from the community. Proceeds from this
year’s Fall Food + Wine festival will support Huntington Hospital's
trauma services and education, including the Stop the Bleed program.
To learn more about the Stop the Bleed program and our trauma services,