Since December 2012, cities around the country have been responding to the White House's campaign to "Stop The Bleed" with tourniquets and trauma kits.

Stop The Bleed Campaign
Stop The Bleed Campaign

(Newswire.net — April 26, 2017) Woodbridge, Virginia — Cities across the country are responding to the White House’s “Stop the Bleed” (http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/) campaign, which was enacted after the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012. The campaign was enacted to teach citizens how to react not only to mass casualty incidents but also in everyday accidents at home, work or school. Bystanders are typically the first responders to a situation, thus it is crucial for everyday citizens to feel confident administering first aid, particularly in instances of severe bleeding. Paramedics average eight minutes to arrive at a scene, and one can die within five minutes of blood loss. 

Surviveware Tourniquet in Use

When responding to a trauma situation, the first step is to immediately call 911. Turning to the victim, there are three important steps to follow: first, apply firm pressure to the site of the bleeding; then, expose the site of the wound and apply firm pressure with bandages or dressing; if this does not stop the bleeding, apply a tourniquet, following the regulations given by the Red Cross. If the bleeding persists, apply a second tourniquet.

Cities are initiating “Stop the Bleed” training events and fairs, where people can learn firsthand from healthcare workers how to properly treat a serious injury; placing first aid kits in locations, such as schools, police cruisers, and office buildings; and raising awareness of how simple it is for people to help an injured person with their hands. Many cities are passing bills that mandate placing tourniquets and other trauma items, such as pressure dressings and gloves, in high-risk buildings such as schools and government offices. Officials behind “Stop the Bleed” are hopeful that trauma training will become as commonplace as CPR training one day soon. Just one person in a crowd can make a difference in saving lives, which is the message they hope to get across. 

Many people already carry basic first aid kits with them on their daily routines. “Stop the Bleed” officials want everyone to consider adding a Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) to their kit. The CAT was designed to be light and simple, yet durable and powerful; an injured person can use it on themselves if need be. For those looking to augment their First Aid Kit, the Surviveware Combat Application Tourniquet is  worthy of consideration, as its compact size means it will fit in nearly all sizes of First Aid Kit, as reviewed by this Surviveware customer, “Luckily haven’t had to use it, but it arrived as advertised and definitely functions well in a quick self-test. It’s also pretty small for packing in a true emergency first aid kit.”

Tourniquet Fits in Any First Aid or Trauma Kit

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