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Trauma is a leading cause of death. The prevalence of Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) continues to dramatically increase. The BleedSafe Community program seeks to increase survival from both by assisting in the development of a community based, integrated approach to managing trauma. The program allows communities to evaluate their current state of readiness, and establish goals to help create a tangibly safer community in response to trauma. By earning “pressure points” toward the designation, your team can strengthen your community in places that people live, work, and play. “Pressure Point” criteria are based on the programs four foundational pillars: Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery from trauma. Although primarily focused on developing more ready and resilient communities from trauma related to Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response, the concepts and principals of the program translate to all types of trauma.
Blood loss is a leading cause of death for trauma victims. Death from blood loss, especially from arm or leg wounds, has been identified as a potentially preventable cause of death. Immediate actions for life threatening bleeding should be centered around the application of aggressive direct pressure while a public access trauma kit is retrieved. Striving to earn “Pressure Points” is a constant reminder to all that aggressive direct pressure may be required to help slow or stop bleeding while a Public Access Trauma Kit is retrieved.
No. However, it is recommended that communities striving to become “Bleed Safe” incorporate recognized trauma curriculum for the layperson, First responders, and First Receivers.
No. Yet, a key component of a BleedSafe Community is the creation and implementation of a Public Access Trauma Kit Program.
Submit the online application form. Ensure that you include contact information (ex: email, or phone number). For more information, please visit:
Public Access Trauma Kits are funded 100% through community donation. Donations are made to our non-profit Chino Valley Fire Foundation. For more information, please visit:
Recommendations for equipment inclusion within a trauma kit are based on managing potentially preventable causes of death from trauma. Examples include (but are not limited to):
Wound packing gauze/material (for junctional hemorrhage or areas not amenable to tourniquet use)
Adhesive occlusive chest seals
Personal Protective Equipment
We encourage community members seeking to acquire a trauma kit to receive training in the use of the trauma kits contents.
This is recognition given to establishments that meet the following criteria:
-Submitted an application to receive free training and a Public Access trauma Kit
-Minimum of 50% of employees trained in “recognized” trauma curriculum
-Completed a risk assessment form, and discussed with all employees.
-Has a public access trauma kit on site. Must be in an area that is easily visible, and easily accessible to all.
-Has notified surrounding businesses/tenants of the availability of the establishments on-site Public Access Trauma Kit.
Any municipality or organizational community is eligible to apply for the BlledSafe designation. Applicants can be determined by geographic locations or organization size. Geographic locations are cities or townships. Organizational applicants are determined by campus size and average daily population.
While there is no application fee, there are often costs associated with meeting the criteria to become a BleedSafe Community. Cost will vary depending on the Community’s size and needs (e.g. Trauma related training, equipment and Trauma Kit placement). A proper assessment of your Community will determine the needs.
The Hartford Consensus IV: A call for Increased National Resilience (published March 1,2016). For more information on The Hartford Consensus Compendium, please visit: https://www.bleedingcontrol.org/about-bc/hartford-consensus
It was established in 2017.