Following the Hartford Consensus meetings, the Stop the Bleed Campaign was created to reduce the prevalence of death from exsanguination in the case of traumatic hemorrhage. The campaign revolves around providing hemorrhage control training to members of the public and increasing public access to hemorrhage control equipment. To our knowledge, no medical school has established a self-sustaining Stop the Bleed program to train their students and faculty as well as made hemorrhage control equipment available for use in an emergency.
Bleeding control classes were offered at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine beginning in January 2018. A proposal was made to the medical school's Council on Curriculum Oversight in May 2018 to incorporate the training as part of the required curriculum for first-year students. A second proposal was made to Quinnipiac University’s Emergency Management Team in June 2018 to purchase hemorrhage control equipment.
Twelve bleeding control courses were held between January and August 2018. Two hundred ten medical students, 19 faculty members, and 36 public safety officers completed initial training. Thirty-four medical students, two faculty members, and two public safety officers became certified instructors. Training was incorporated into the first-year curriculum to be taught by certified second-year students under the direction of the school’s Department of Surgery. The school purchased approved training equipment. A student-coordinator position was created in the Surgery Interest Group. Hemorrhage control equipment was purchased for each public safety officer, patrol vehicles, and for the Central Dispatch headquarters. Public-access equipment has been purchased for each Automated External Defibrillator cabinet at the medical school.
The School of Medicine community has been empowered with the ability to save lives. Students and faculty have been trained in life-saving skills, a self-sustaining training process has been created, and equipment has been purchased for hemorrhage control efforts.
From the Frank H. Netter, MD, School of Medicine (J.F.), Department of Surgery (C.V.C.), Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Injury Prevention, Community Outreach & Research Program (P.V.), Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven; Department of Emergency Medicine and Traumatology (L.J.Jr.), University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington; and Trauma Institute (L.J.Jr.), Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut.
Submitted: August 23, 2018, Revised: September 12, 2018, Accepted: September 18, 2018, Published online: October 2, 2018.
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