May is National Stop the Bleed Month, and we want to help you learn everything you need to know about how to save a life with the quality bleeding control supplies included in our Compact or iPAK Bleeding Control kit and airway management kits (supplies that are logically organized to match the instructions in the Mobilize Rescue App).
Learn how to apply a TOURNIQUET:
The tourniquet is both a "highly effective and simple technique" that has recently made its way back into medical best practice lists (i.e. NAEMT) for managing extremity wounds (i.e. arms and legs). Thanks to the Baghdad study, we know tourniquets are a safe and effective means to stop the bleed (and can stay in place a whole two hours before the possibility of tissue damage begins). The Mobilize Rescue System includes SOF-T Wide Tourniquets (pictured in video) because they are easy to use, even for someone with limited training. Learn how to apply a tourniquet here: The Tourniquet – How to stop an extremity bleed.
Learn how to apply a PRESSURE DRESSING:
A pressure dressing is just that, a tightly wrapped bandage that offers mechanical pressure against a wound (to keep QuikClot in place). Once an appropriately applied pressure dressing is in place, the rescuer can stop applying manual direct pressure (with their hands), and move on to other assessments and/or interventions. The Mobilize Rescue System uses a NAR Emergency Trauma Dressing. Learn how to apply a pressure dressing here: The Pressure Dressing – How to stop a junctional bleed pt. 2
Learn how to remove GLOVES safely:
Since the mid-1980's, the concept of 'universal precautions' has been used to keep anyone in contact with bodily fluids safe from infectious agents. Under universal precautions, the provider assumes that EVERYONE is infected with a bloodborne pathogen and wears gloves and other pertinent personal protective equipment (PPE) during every patient encounter. While wearing gloves is a vital aspect of personal protection, never underestimate the value of careful removal of gloves (to avoid splatter) and good hand washing. Learn how to remove gloves here: Nitrile Gloves - How to stay safe while helping a patient
Learn how to prevent hypothermia with an EMERGENCY BLANKET:
If you get cold (even a few degrees colder than normal), the consistency of your blood begins to change; it doesn't flow well, it doesn't clot right, and most importantly it doesn't transport oxygen efficiently. This is detrimental to someone who already lost a lot of blood and is why emergency blankets, used to prevent hypothermia, are considered high priority for trauma victims. Learn how to use an emergency blanket here: The
Emergency Blanket – How to prevent hypothermia
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