An Evaluation of Hemorrhage Control in a Field Environment Public Deposited

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  • February 26, 2019
  • Gurganious, Nicholas
    • Affiliation: School of Medicine, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Physician Assistant Program
  • Massive hemorrhage is the number one cause of battlefield mortality followed by tension pneumothorax and airway trauma. As a result of this, hemorrhage control has been at the forefront of battlefield medicine. Lifesaving intervention can be performed at the most basic level of Self Aid Buddy Care. With its success, the civilian population is incorporating hemorrhage control into the echelon of pre-hospital emergency care. Programs, including Stop the Bleed are providing training and education in tourniquet use to the most likely first responders and bystanders. The program, presented through UNC trauma, was assessed for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). One strength of the program is that it’s nationally recognized. Weaknesses include a lack of training requests and volunteer instructors. Opportunities include increased awareness of potential for mass casualties and improvements in technology. The analysis also looked at threats to the program such as the lack of a certifying assessment. Overall, the programs are vital as tourniquet use has been shown to be an invaluable tool in controlling life threatening hemorrhage.
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  • Hrdina, Jason
  • Carson, William
  • Master of Health Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2018
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