CME Course

Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action, intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. This course highlights techniques available to stop bleeding including compression, packing, and application of a tourniquet; As well as steps to take when confronted by a bleeding victim.

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Target Audience

 All healthcare providers.

Goals and Objectives

Far too many deaths occur as a result of the inability to quickly stop hemorrhaging and the time it takes to transport an injured person to a medical facility. However, this can be prevented with on-site Bleeding Control Kits that are worn as belts on each law enforcement officer and located in K-12 schools.

Since 2008 the number of active shooting events (ASEs) tripled from five on average per year to almost 16 on average per year with almost one-half occurring at businesses and one-third occurring in schools, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Over the past fifteen years we have witnessed these horrific ASEs at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood Army Base, the Aurora Movie Theater, the Boston Marathon, and the Columbia Mall, among others.

While the locations range from schools to malls, one thing is in common – those on-site when the shooting occurs and law enforcement who are the first to arrive are in the best position to stop hemorrhaging that can save lives and limbs. The average response time by law enforcement for a mass casualty incident (MCI) is three minutes whereas medical professionals can take much longer or can’t be reached at all unless a police car delivers the patients to a medical facility. In fact, 80% of mass casualty patients are delivered to medical facilities by non-ambulances, according to the Special Operations Medical Association 2013 Conference. If no care is provided to stop bleeding on-site, the likelihood for surviving drops significantly.

According to the National Trauma Institute, hemorrhaging is responsible for almost 35% of pre-hospital deaths and 40% of deaths in the first twenty-four hours after a traumatic event and the U.S. Army considers hemorrhage as the number one preventable cause of death on the battlefield. As a result, the Department of Defense introduced gauze containing hemostatic agents in warzones in 2003 and by 2008 all warfighters were armed with their own trauma kit containing Combat Gauze upon deployment. The rapid response required on the battlefield mirrors the response needed in ASEs.

Course Information

CME Release Date: November 10, 2020
Valid for credit through: November 10, 2021
Course type: Video Lecture
Estimated time of completion: 30 Minutes

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Internet Activity (Enduring Material) for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
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  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

The content of the CME certified activity does not relate to products or services of an ACCME defined commercial interest. Therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to identify and no conflicts of interest to identify or resolve.

Leonardo Geraci, DO

Dr. Geraci is an acute care general surgeon at St Elizabeth Healthcare in northern Kentucky.  He is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  His residency training was completed at Pinnacle Health Hospitals in Harrisburg, PA.  When not in the OR, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife Karin and their kids Dominic, Josie, and Gio.

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