Stop The Bleed Training Outreach Initaives Targeting High School Students In South Florida: It Takes A Community To Save A Life
*Adel Elkbuli, Brianna Dowd, Astrid Casin, Mark McKenney, Dessy Boneva
Kendall Regional Medical Center, Miami, FL
Background: To save lives, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has launched the Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign on hemorrhage control. One of the most vulnerable populations to mass shootings are high school students. This study aimed to determine if high school participants' knowledge base, confidence, and willingness to help victims with bleeding differ, after a Stop the Bleed training course.
Study Design and Methods: We initiated a Stop the Bleed campaign in our Trauma Center catchment area. The courses were offered to high school students and was conducted by Stop the Bleed ACS certified and registered instructors. Two anonymized surveys were distributed before and after participants completion of the training course. All identifiable personal information was removed. Statistical analyses on data was conducted with Chi Square with significance defined as p-value< 0.05.
Results: A total of 232 students were involved in the training. Pre and post-survey response rates were 100%. Study subjects were made up of high school students, none of whom had prior Stop the Bleed training. After training, responses to whether tourniquets are safe significantly increased from 77.8% to 98.7% (p<0.0001), responses to comfort to apply tourniquets significantly increased from 69.1% to 95.2% (p<0.0001), and responses to willingness to apply tourniquets significantly increased from 86.7% to 99.1% (p<0.0001).
Conclusion: Stop the Bleed training programs can significantly improve high school students' knowledge of and comfort/willingness to use a tourniquet in an emergency. This can be lifesaving in the event of a mass shooting, which are often targeted at schools.
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