Jason Martin, RN, CEN, TCRN, CPEN, NREMPT-P, HCA Midwest Health Trauma Injury Prevention/Education Coordinator, will lead Emergency Department staff and leadership from the HCA Midwest family of hospitals in a Stop the Bleed training. The program is a bleeding control course to help people care for injured in all types of trauma incidents like shootings, auto accidents, fierce burns and other devastating injuries. HCA Midwest Health, with seven Kansas City-area hospitals and eleven Emergency Departments, has some of the most experienced and highly trained physicians, specialists, nurses and caregivers who treat these situations every day and started training the public in free courses last summer.
“Our ongoing internal training helps leadership teach the public to be proactive in basic life-saving medical situations, outside of a hospital setting,” Martin says. “Should the unthinkable happen at someone’s place of work, play or worship or in another public setting—or another situation, like a car accident— it’s important for people to understand they can take the lead to care for someone injured before first responders arrive and perhaps help save lives in a challenging situation. Our specially trained trauma educators help people get prepared in a calm, supportive and educational setting.”
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign—and a major initiative of the American College of Surgeons— launched in 2015 by the White House to address bleeding, which is the top cause of preventable death in a trauma injury. According to Stop the Bleed, 20 percent of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control.
HCA Midwest Health—whose facilities combined cared for hundreds of trauma patients in the Kansas City region in 2017—has four Trauma Centers that care for patients with life-threatening injuries every day: Research Medical Center, Level I; Centerpoint Medical Center and Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Level II; and Belton Regional Medical Center.
Stop the Bleed is offered at HCA Midwest Health’s Kansas City-area hospitals at no charge, including Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center. The training is designed for non-tactical law enforcement officers, first responders, security personnel, teachers, church and synagogue leaders and other civilians.