• 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:


    Videos about Stop the Bleed are here:


    Visit the following websites for more information:




    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.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.

    I’d like to thank the members of this committee for their time and thought provoking / forward thinking innovative ideas in melding these programs together and for advancing our goals. I would also like to thank Afia Jones, Sharon Gautschy, and the Board of Managers for their support of our work, which makes these activities possible.

    December 2021 Update

    Publications and projects update:

    1. Four 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.
      • Duncan, Thomas K., et al. American Association for the Surgery of Trauma Prevention Committee review: Family Justice Centers – a not-so-novel, but unknown gem: Trauma Surgery Acute Care Open 2021;6:e000725. doi:10.1136/tsaco-2021-000725. This manuscript was led by Dr. Thomas Duncan.
      • Kuhls, Deborah A., et al. Survey of American College of Surgeons Members on Firearm Injury Prevention. Journal of American College of Surgeons: September 2021 – Volume 233 – Issue 3 – p 369 – 382. Doi.org/10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2021.06.020. Dr. Kuhls was the lead on this manuscript.
    • 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. Dr. Bonne is leading this charge.
      • Other projects include health care and law enforcement guidelines. The committee is working alongside The Hospital Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI) and this charge is being led by Dr. Tatebe.
      • Broadening our horizon with Stop the Bleed efforts are ongoing by Drs. Joseph and Fischer.
      • The Committee is embarking on obtaining critical knowledge of AAST members’ understanding of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) and its implementation in varying trauma centers.

    2.  Trauma Prevention Coalition (TPC):

    • o Ongoing participation in Trauma Prevention Coalition— Deborah Kuhls, is the current Chair.
    • o AAST helped raise awareness on National Injury Prevention Day (November 18th) as many trauma centers banded together in shining a neon green light on their respective buildings.

    3. Arnold Foundation Grant Proposals for Firearm Injury Prevention

    o CNTR submitted a 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:

    • o 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.
    • o Thea James, MD, and Tracy Dechert from Boston University presented Addressing Social Determinants: An Equity Model—What can surgeons do?
    • o Cutting Edge and future Grand Rounds Topics are in discussion.
    • o The Firearm Injury Prevention Research Scholar in partnership with the ACS COT and other CNTR organizations selected Dr. Elle Thomas, who is finishing up her second year of phenomenal joint projects.

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