Tampa General Hospital – Stop the Bleed

Tampa General Hospital

"Stop the Bleed"

In 2017, Tampa General Hospital implemented the “Stop the Bleed” national awareness campaign to teach bystanders to stop severe bleeding in emergency situations before first responders arrive.

Following the active shooter disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events convened to create a protocol for national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events. Out of this work came “Stop the Bleed,” a national awareness campaign and call to action launched at the White House in 2015.

The goal of the program is to turn bystanders into responders who can help victims at the scene with severe bleeding before first responders arrive. Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable deaths, with approximately 40 percent of trauma-related deaths worldwide due to bleeding or its consequences. As a result, hemorrhaging is the most common cause of preventable death in trauma.

Tampa General Hospital (TGH) began Stop the Bleed in November 2017 and has offered 77 classes to date, in addition to participating in nine public community events and health fairs. TGH has certified 1,231 individuals following their participation in the Stop the Bleed program, training more than 2,000 total.

Trauma Program Manager Dawn Lewis leads the TGH Stop the Bleed team, along with a core group of nurses who run trainings. The TGH team has also trained 52 volunteer instructors who assist in teaching courses across the Tampa community.

TGH also provides “train the trainer” courses for community partners and holds free, public classes several times a month. Trainings are scheduled for the remainder of 2019 for individuals interested in becoming certified.

Through the Stop the Bleed program, Tampa General Hospital has demonstrated a serious financial and resource commitment to its community, including approximately $100,000 in training costs and significant time commitments from both full-time and volunteer nurses. The program has significantly improved its community’s ability to respond quickly to save lives.

TGH has trained community, corporate, faith-based, government, education, health and law enforcement partners, including:

  • American Heart Association
  • Downtown Tampa Hillsborough County Center
  • First Baptist Church of College Hill
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Florida Motorcycle Coalition
  • Hard Rock Casino
  • Highlands County EMS
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
  • Northdale Community Center
  • Philippine Nurses Association
  • Society of Pediatric Nursing
  • Sebring Airport
  • TGH Health Park
  • Tampa Preparatory School
  • University of South Florida

The real-world impact of this program is felt on a daily basis, as demonstrated by feedback from a Florida Department of Transportation employee who participated. He witnessed a motorcycle accident involving a rider without a helmet who was experiencing life-threatening bleeding. After calling 9-1-1, he was able to administer first aid using Stop the Bleed techniques until first responders arrived.