POMONA, California. (KABC) — Knowing how to keep someone from bleeding in an emergency situation can mean the difference between life and death.
The Stop the Bleed campaign in Pomona teaches people techniques and simple skills to save lives.
dr Michael Jimenez, a trauma surgeon at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, demonstrated with a nurse how to stop bleeding from a wound on an arm or leg in a dire situation.
First, start with a tourniquet.
“You continue with the Velcro and turn it around. They keep twisting and twisting and what it does forms a tourniquet,” Jimenez said. “That compresses the vessel and as soon as the wound stops bleeding, as soon as you see the blood stop, you know it’s appropriate.”
Jimenez says if bleeding is coming from another part of the body, use gauze to stop the bleeding and start filling the wound with gauze.
“Never forget that keeping the pressure over the wound and over the bleeding site is the principle and the key to stopping the bleeding,” he said.
This campaign is designed to educate the ABC public on how to treat someone who is losing a lot of blood.
dr Jimenez says remember, “A, Alert, so you want to go ahead and call the authorities 911. B bleed, so find the bleeding and then compress.
Gauze and tourniquet first aid kits are available online or in stores ranging in price from $15 to $45.
The only thing Jimenez advises is if you’re going to a large gathering, be aware of your surroundings and know where the exits are.
Done right, he says, these simple, basic skills could save a life.