CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 24, 2018 –
Novant Health has received a
substantial grant from the James R. and Bronnie L. Braswell Trust in Wadesboro, North Carolina, to provide bleeding control kits and education to all 53
Union County Public Schools (UCPS). With these funds, Novant Health trauma team
members will work collaboratively with UCPS to educate school emergency
response teams, teachers, students and parents. The project aims to train
approximately 6,000 Union County residents by the end of 2018.
Led by Angela Clarkson, BSN, RN, TCRN, outreach and injury prevention
coordinator at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, Novant Health has
already conducted 35 Stop the Bleed training courses to more than 350 community
members since August 2017.
of people assume that Stop the Bleed is only useful in the case of a mass
casualty event,” said Clarkson. “But anyone who has gone through this training
can attest that this program and the techniques it teaches extend far beyond
mass casualty events.”
participants learn the ABCs of bleeding control: A, be alert and call 911; B,
find the bleeding injury; and C, compress it. In small groups with hands-on
instruction from Novant Health team members, participants learn how to use
tourniquets and pack wounds, and other critical steps to take in the moments
following a traumatic event before rescue crews and police arrive. The
techniques are straightforward and can be utilized in everyday life by anyone,
of any age, and without any prior medical training.
previous nonmedical participant in a Stop the Bleed training course was able to
render lifesaving assistance when they witnessed a car crash in Charlotte recently.
The person’s rapid response and confidence in the ability to help drew the
attention of another bystander, WBTV’s Molly Grantham, who wrote about the
experience on her Facebook page.
the Bleed, launched by the White House in 2015, is intended to cultivate
grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and
empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives, according
to the Department of Homeland Security’s webpage on the program.
If you are interested in
attending a Stop the Bleed training session, visit www.bleedingcontrol.org and click “find
a class.” Classes are free and take approximately one hour to complete.