1, 2, 3, Stop the Bleed: Analysis of a Bleeding Control Educational Course
Hemorrhaging, or uncontrolled bleeding, accounts for 40% of preventable deaths in the United States that occur after a traumatic injury. The Stop the Bleed campaign was launched in 2015 by the White House National Security Council to educate the public about methods to control and stop bleeding as well as empower individuals to take action if a traumatic accident occurs. The goal of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the “Stop the Bleed” bleeding control course to increase knowledge about the topic as well as increase confidence to take action and use the techniques that were taught during the course appropriately. Data was collected via a cross sectional pre-post survey design. At baseline, the participants were asked basic knowledge questions about bleeding control and techniques to use as well as how confident they felt using those skills. After being presented the bleeding control material and practicing the techniques in the hands-on portion of the course, the participants were asked to complete a post-test with similar questions to that of the pre-test. De-identified responses were collected to analyze the changes in the overall knowledge scores and overall confidence scores with the use of the paired-t statistical test on SPSS. The participants (N=32) were employees within the Thomas Jefferson University Campus Security department. The overall score for the knowledge-based questions were analyzed from pre to post and showed that the changes were statistically significant (8.163, p<0.000). The changes in the overall confidence scores from pre to post were statistically significant as well (t=4.798, p<0.000). These results suggest that there are benefits of teaching a bleeding control course to nonmedical individuals to improve their knowledge and confidence with applying the bleeding control techniques. Future research is necessary to target different career fields to improve the results generalizability.
Recommended CitationLevic, MPHc, Taylor; McAna, PhD, MA, John; and Kramer, RN, Nora, "1, 2, 3, Stop the Bleed: Analysis of a Bleeding Control Educational Course" (2018). Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations. Presentation 259.