MEDIA ADVISORY: Stop the Bleed event at UH medical school on May 15

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tina Shelton, (808) 554-2586
Communications Director, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Posted: May 13, 2019

What:  News conference at 10 a.m. 
Stop the Bleed, one of the nation’s largest public health campaigns, launched in 2015, aims to save lives by training people across the country how to stop traumatic bleeding.

Trauma physicians will demonstrate life saving techniques on and with John A. Burns School of Medicine students.

When: May 15, 2019, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Who:  The State of Hawaiʻi Trauma System — including the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Branch and the Trauma Advisory Council, JABSOM, Hawaiʻi‘s major healthcare providers and UH academic training partners.

Where: JABSOM Main Courtyard

Why: Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable deaths. Approximately 40 percent of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, establishing hemorrhage as the most common cause of preventable death in trauma.

Research has shown that bystanders armed with “Stop the Bleed” training, and little or no other medical experience, can save lives by recognizing the signs of life-threatening bleeding and taking key steps to control it – even before emergency responders arrive.

  • It takes only 2 to 5 minutes to bleed out. (average time).
  • Average time for 1st responders to arrive is 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Bystanders can fill the gap with STOP THE BLEED.

Additional details:

  • Trauma teams and JABSOM medical students will be on hand to demonstrate how to get trained, get equipped, be ready, be empowered, spread the word and Stop the Bleed. Other activities include informational booths by the healthcare providers.
  • Stop the Bleed Hawaiʻi is working to get bleeding control kits placed next to automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public locations so bystanders can act when help is needed.