BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Amid ongoing violent crime in Baltimore City and other high-profile mass shootings across the country, Thursday marked national Stop The Bleed Day.
“We’ve got a real problem in society right now, and we can be there for each other if we get this training,” Nurse Brad Antlitz said while leading a training season at the University of Maryland’s R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
About 100 University of Maryland medical system workers were trained Thursday. Many will lead training sessions throughout the community.
“It’s not going to stop bullets from flying. It won’t stop people from being unkind to each other and doing bad things, but this training can help people who have been injured in this way as well as everyday incidents,” said treating surgeon Dr. Sharon Henry. “Ten minutes is the fastest time you can expect help to arrive and it’s possible that a lot of blood will be lost in that time.”
dr Henry advocates that bleeding control kits be available in places where large numbers of people congregate. The kits contain tourniquets, gauze, and other devices to slow or stop bleeding.
“In Baltimore we have a lot of traumatic injuries. A lot of people in Baltimore – you could just walk the streets – so I think it’s important to have that training so we’re ready to act in an emergency,” said staffer Cornelius James.
dr Henry says the need is amplified due to the critical nationwide blood shortage.
“Any blood we save is more blood that we don’t need to get from another source,” said Dr. Henry.
To learn more about training and resources, visit stopthebleed.org.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/19/umms-employees-learn-to-intervene-save-lives-on-national-stop-the-bleed-day/ UMMS workers learn to intervene and save lives at National Stop The Bleed Day – CBS Baltimore