Q: May is National Trauma Awareness Month. What is the most important aspect
A:: This year marks the 30th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s
recognition of the need for trauma awareness and delegation of resources
to work toward not just reacting to and treating trauma-induced injuries,
but highlight the most important aspect of trauma: prevention.
At CaroMont Health, we are actively supporting Stop the Bleed, an initiative
created by The National Security Council, The American College of Surgeons
and advisors from law enforcement and the United States military in response
to the Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting of 2012. The main goal of Stop the
Bleed is to prepare the general public to save lives.
Uncontrolled bleeding does not only occur after a mass casualty incident
and can result from just everyday accidents. If the bleeding is severe,
death can occur within minutes before emergency medical personnel even
has the opportunity to respond. The Stop the Bleed program aims to connect
members of the general public with health care professionals who provide
hands-on education. The training ranges from how to use dressings, tourniquets
and wound packing to providing immediate, life-saving aid to victims who
To date, over 50 volunteer CaroMont Health nurses and physicians, paramedics
from Gaston County EMS, and paramedic students from Gaston College have
become certified community trainers through CaroMont Health’s Train
the Trainer program. After recent national events, our sense of urgency
to provide this life-saving training to our community has intensified
and CaroMont Trauma Services has partnered with Gaston County Schools
to provide Stop the Bleed training for all school nurses and social workers.
This is just the initial phase of our school system rollout, with our
ultimate goal of providing all teachers with these life-saving skills.
Our resolve to bring Stop the Bleed to Gaston County also includes providing
the tools that accompany Stop the Bleed training. CaroMont Trauma Services
has secured grant funding to help supply bleeding control multi-pack kits
to all 11 Gaston County high schools by the start of the 2018-2019 school
year. These kits include necessary items to Stop the Bleed, including
gauze, gloves and tourniquets. Individual kits for businesses, churches
and community organizations throughout the county will also be disseminated.
It is our hope to place bleeding control kits everywhere there is an AED
(Automated External Defibrillator used to restore normal rhythm to a heart
that is experiencing cardiac arrest) and everywhere large crowds gather.
We hope that every member of the community will have the knowledge and
feel empowered to be able to Stop the Bleed because the person whose life
you could save may not be a stranger but instead a family member or friend,
a neighbor, or possibly, your own. In the words of The American College
of Surgeons, “The only thing more tragic than a death is a death
that could have been prevented.”
Sharry Duncan, Assistant Manager
CaroMont Trauma Services
CaroMont Regional Medical Center is a Level III Trauma Center, one of only
four in North Carolina. We diagnose, treat and manage serious traumatic
injuries utilizing a multidisciplinary team to care for trauma patients. Click
here to learn more about our emergency care services.