Applying plenty of pressure directly on a gaping wound for ten minutes
may stop the bleed and save a life while far from medical services. A
one-hour class will teach the critical information to save lives on Tuesday,
Feb. 25, at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital.
A national “Stop the Bleed” program was created after the 2012
tragic Sandy Hook event, where emergency medical providers recognized
that if more people knew how to stop massive bleeding probably 50% fewer
lives would have been lost.
Dr. Josh Waggener, a general surgeon at MDMH who has been an EMT and first
responder, said being prepared to assist at the scene of an accident can
save a life.
He said the average person’s blood pressure is 120 over 80 so the
amount of pressure has to be higher than 120 millimeters of mercury to
stop the bleeding.
That takes pressure and it takes time.
“People do a great job for the first five to 10 seconds but then
they get tired because they aren’t positioned well,” Waggener
said. “If it drops below, starts bleeding and blows the blood clot
out they have to start all over again. Basically in order to get the blood
to clot you have to stop the flow out through the injury, and then by
stopping the flow it allows it to clot and form a plug so that the blood
no longer goes out the blood vessel.”
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