• Prevention Committee

  • March 31, 2018 is National Stop the Bleed Day. The event was launched by the White House in 2015 to encourage bystanders to intervene and stop bleeding before emergency personnel arrive to the scene of injury. Training bystanders to stop blood loss can avoid otherwise preventable death. National Stop the Bleed Day will bring instructors and students together training, free of charge. 

    You can help to raise awareness about National Stop the Bleed day in your organization by sharing the following information:

    • Traumatic Injury is the leading cause of death for people 46 years and younger
    • 35% of pre-hospital deaths are due to hemorrhage
    • Of the 147,000 trauma deaths in 2014, 30,000 might have survived with timely hemorrhage control
    • 80% of victims of mass casualties are transported to the hospital by the public
    • EMS response times often exceed the five-minute target times for emergency response

    Bleeding Control Classes can be found here:

    https://cms.bleedingcontrol.org/class/search

    Videos about Stop the Bleed are here:

    https://www.bleedingcontrol.org/resources/videos

    Visit the following websites for more information:

    https://www.stopthebleedday.org/

    https://www.bleedingcontrol.org/

    https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

    Unintentional injury is the 4th leading cause of death for all Americans and the 7th leading cause of death for older American adults. Unintentional injury is also a major contributor to the global burden of disease and disability. The goal of the Prevention Committee is to help advance and disseminate best evidence and best practice regarding injury prevention to members of the international trauma community. Our primary efforts are focused on educational activities at the Annual Meeting, electronic learning through AAST Grand Rounds and webinars, and through publications. We also work closely with the Trauma Prevention Coalition of the American Trauma Society and the Prevention Committees of the COT and EAST to foster collaboration and synergy across organizations

    BleedingControl

    BleedingControl.org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus and contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit partners to help prepare you in the event you are witness to one of these unspeakable events.

    Check out AAST’s Periscope to see  the archived video of the live streaming of  “How to Build a Comprehensive STOP THE BLEED Program:  Tips and Lessons Learned”

    I’d like to thank the members of this committee for their energy, enthusiasm, and commitment in pulling these programs together and for advancing our goals. I would also like to thank Brea Sanders, Sharon Gautschy, and the Board of Managers for their support of our work, which makes these activities possible.

    November 2020 Update

    1. Publications and projects update:
      • Three Peer Reviewed Publications:
        • The Proceedings manuscript of Medical Summit on Firearm Injury was  accepted and published in JACS. The AAST Prevention Committee members were key participants in the planning and manuscript preparation. The AAST was represented by Dr. Croce at the Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention.
        • Duncan, Thomas K., et al. Domestic Violence and Safe Storage of Firearms in the COVID-19 Era. Annals of Surgery: August 2020 - Volume 272 - Issue 2 - p e55-e57 doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004088 This manuscript was led by Dr. Thomas Duncan in partnership with the Prevention Committees of AAST., EAST and COT.
        • AAST/EAST Firearms survey. Manuscript submitted to JOT and is undergoing peer review. Dr. Kuhls and the Committee are responding to peer review comments.
      • The Committee is working on plans for potential new projects related to: long term follow-up of disability adjusted years of life lost from sequelae related to firearm injury survivors, COVID-19 and Patterns of Trauma and Intentional Violence in the early pandemic period.
    2. Trauma Prevention Coalition (TPC):
      • Ongoing participation in Trauma Prevention Coalition— Deborah Kuhls, is the current Chair.
    3. Arnold Foundation Grant Proposals for Firearm Injury Prevention
      • CNTR submitted proposal and was accepted for a full submission, and the proposal from last year was resubmitted and has been funded.
    4. Next Step – projects in progress:
      • The AAST Virtual Grand Rounds sponsored by the Prevention Committee was given by Eileen Bulger and Ronald Stewart on The Role and Importance of Regional Medical Operations Centers in the COVID-19 Pandemic.
      • Thea James, MD, and Tracy Dechert from Boston University are planned to present Addressing Social Determinants: An Equity Model—What can surgeons do?
      • The Firearm Injury Prevention Research Scholar in partnership with the ACS COT and other CNTR organizations was selected Dr. Elle Thomas. She has begun and is starting joint projects for this two-year position.

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