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Stop the Bleed: The Effect of Hemorrhage Control Education on Laypersons’ Willingness to Respond During a Traumatic Medical Emergency

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 February 2018

Elliot M. Ross
Affiliation:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Office of the Medical Director, San Antonio, Texas USA San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas USA Prehospital Research and Innovation in Military and Expeditionary Environments (PRIME2) Research Group, San Antonio, Texas USA
Theodore T. Redman
Affiliation:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Office of the Medical Director, San Antonio, Texas USA San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas USA Prehospital Research and Innovation in Military and Expeditionary Environments (PRIME2) Research Group, San Antonio, Texas USA
Julian G. Mapp
Affiliation:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Office of the Medical Director, San Antonio, Texas USA San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas USA Prehospital Research and Innovation in Military and Expeditionary Environments (PRIME2) Research Group, San Antonio, Texas USA
Derek J. Brown
Affiliation:
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas USA US Army Institute of Surgical Research, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas USA
Kaori Tanaka
Affiliation:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Office of the Medical Director, San Antonio, Texas USA
Craig W. Cooley
Affiliation:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Office of the Medical Director, San Antonio, Texas USA University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Department of Emergency Medicine, San Antonio, Texas USA
Chetan U. Kharod
Affiliation:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Office of the Medical Director, San Antonio, Texas USA San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas USA Prehospital Research and Innovation in Military and Expeditionary Environments (PRIME2) Research Group, San Antonio, Texas USA
David A. Wampler
Affiliation:
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, Office of the Medical Director, San Antonio, Texas USA
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Abstract

Background

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign advocates for non-medical personnel to be trained in basic hemorrhage control. However, it is not clear what type of education or the duration of instruction needed to meet that requirement. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of a brief hemorrhage control educational curriculum on the willingness of laypersons to respond during a traumatic emergency.

Methods

This “Stop the Bleed” education initiative was conducted by the University of Texas Health San Antonio Office of the Medical Director (San Antonio, Texas USA) between September 2016 and March 2017. Individuals with formal medical certification were excluded from this analysis. Trainers used a pre-event questionnaire to assess participants knowledge and attitudes about tourniquets and responding to traumatic emergencies. Each training course included an individual evaluation of tourniquet placement, 20 minutes of didactic instruction on hemorrhage control techniques, and hands-on instruction with tourniquet application on both adult and child mannequins. The primary outcome in this study was the willingness to use a tourniquet in response to a traumatic medical emergency.

Results

Of 236 participants, 218 met the eligibility criteria. When initially asked if they would use a tourniquet in real life, 64.2% (140/218) responded “Yes.” Following training, 95.6% (194/203) of participants responded that they would use a tourniquet in real life. When participants were asked about their comfort level with using a tourniquet in real life, there was a statistically significant improvement between their initial response and their response post training (2.5 versus 4.0, based on 5-point Likert scale; P<.001).

Conclusion

In this hemorrhage control education study, it was found that a short educational intervention can improve laypersons’ self-efficacy and reported willingness to use a tourniquet in an emergency. Identified barriers to act should be addressed when designing future hemorrhage control public health education campaigns. Community education should continue to be a priority of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign.

Ross EM , Redman TT , Mapp JG , Brown DJ , Tanaka K , Cooley CW , Kharod CU , Wampler DA . Stop the Bleed: The Effect of Hemorrhage Control Education on Laypersons’ Willingness to Respond During a Traumatic Medical Emergency. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2018;33(2):127132.

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© World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine 2018 

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Conflicts of interest/disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or the United States Government. “I am a military service member. This work was prepared as part of my official duties. Title 17, USC, §105 provides that ‘Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the US Government.’ Title 17, USC, §101 defines a US Government work as a work prepared by a military service member or employee of the US Government as part of that person’s official duties.” The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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