Stop the bleed

The research effort “Stop the Bleed” includes several research projects that all aim to improve society’s response to traumatic bleedings.

Several projects are ongoing within the area and are performed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Uniformed Services University, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health and Harvard in the US.

Developing an Educational Concept for Prehospital Bleeding Control

The project will create a standardized national curriculum for teaching prehospital bleeding control techniques to rescue service workers. The educational training concept is based on Stop the Bleed but is adjusted to Swedish conditions concerning the chain of response to incidents. Similar work is being performed to develop a similar concept for the Swedish police, in collaboration with CARER (Center for Advanced Research in Emergency Response).

A pilot training session has been developed and validated. The results indicate good quality: The participants from Swedish rescue services were able to demonstrate both theoretical knowledge and practical skills concerning bleeding control after finishing the training. Validation did not lead to changes in the educational concept. The educational concept developed within the project could form the basis for a national standardized and validated training for bleeding control measures for rescue services. By extension, this can provide rescue service personnel with knowledge and skills to save lives when faced with massive bleeding.

UtVäG B – Development of Guidelines for Basic Bleeding Control

The project aims to enhance the resilience and capacity of the Swedish society to handle serious incidents, by developing the capacity of the public to perform life saving first aid actions when faced with incidents that cause massive bleeding. The project aims to explore various human factors related-issues (e.g. training effectiveness, instruction design) for bleeding control techniques.

The project will also study how a new type of tourniquet should be developed, especially to guide untrained laypersons to secure bleeding control, similar to how fully or semi-automatic defibrillators guide the user in how to act in the case of cardiac arrest.

The project will improve knowledge on the specific challenges that untrained laypersons face in dramatic situations where life-threatening injuries occur, and what is required of laypersons to be able to successfully contribute to accurate bleeding control.

 

Carl-Oscar Jonson talked about using a tourniquet and the project on a conference day on global health.

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Bethany Lowndes, Katherine Law, Amro Abdelrahman, Erik Prytz, Carl-Oscar Jonson, Matthew Sztajnkrycer, Hunter Hawthorne, Walter Franz, Renaldo Blocker, M. Susan Hallbeck (2019)

Military medicine , Vol.184 , s.28-36 Continue to DOI

Bethany Lowndes, Katherine Forsyth, Erik Prytz, Carl-Oscar Jonson, Amro Abdelrahman, Sztajnkrycer Matthew, Walter Franz. III, Renaldo Blocker, Susan Hallbeck (2017)

Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 Annual Meeting , s.1076-1080 Continue to DOI

Katherine Forsyth, Bethany Lowndes, Erik Prytz, Carl-Oscar Jonson, Sztajnkrycer Matthew, Stephanie Heller, Susan Hallbeck, Renaldo Blocker (2017)

Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 Annual Meting , s.588-592 Continue to DOI

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