Paramedic and EMS instructor Andy Grote says the average adult male can bleed to death from external hemorrhaging in 3 to 5 minutes.
“The average response time for a first responder is 7.5 minutes,” Grote wrote in an email. “That means there is a very good chance a person could bleed to death before help arrives.
“That’s why it’s good to know that a tourniquet can be applied to an arm or leg within 30 seconds and stop all external hemorrhaging.”
Grote continues sharing that awareness and hands-on instruction through free Stop the Bleed courses he offers monthly in northeast Indiana.
Grote is a paramedic with Aboite Fire and EMS and Parkview DeKalb EMS. He also owns MED Training and Consulting. “It’s one thing to know how to control life-threatening bleeding but it’s so much more important and effective to know why,” Grote said in an email.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was first created by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in 2000 in reaction to the Columbine shooting. Grote started the MED Training and Consulting program in 2017 after becoming a licensed national instructor, and with 10 years of experience as a paramedic and tactical paramedic.
“I decided to create MED Training and Consulting and offer Stop the Bleed classes to civilians and first responders after realizing a vast majority of people in northeast Indiana were lacking the knowledge and know-how of basic hemorrhage control, and there was little to no training available,” he wrote.
In the traditional STB course, students learn the A-B-C system: A-Activate the emergency response system; B-Look for bleeding; and C-Compression to control bleeding.
Grote took that one step further and began teaching students the stages of shock and the MARCH assessment: M-Massive hemorrhage; A-Airway; R-Respiratory; C-Circulation; and H-Hypothermia. He said he emphasized “why they these steps are so important in saving a life.”
This is the fourth year MED Training and Consulting has been offering Stop the Bleed classes. After each student takes the 90-minute Stop the Bleed course they receive a certification form the American College of Surgeons-Committee on Trauma.
“The best outcome of this program is saving someone’s life after they suffered a significant traumatic event,” Grote said. “Trauma is the leading cause of death in individuals less than 45 years old and the fourth-leading cause of death for all age groups. Hemorrhage is the second-leading cause of death in individuals less than 45 years old.”
During EMS Week, May 16-22, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security called attention to exemplary Hoosier EMS professionals. Among that list, the department cited Grote as being “very passionate about educating the public and first responders about the importance of hemorrhage control.”
Grote wrote that the Aboite Fire & EMS has been “so gracious with helping me get my knowledge and course out to the residents and first responders of Allen County.”
“Both Fire Chief Gale Stelzer and Trustee Mike Meyers have seen the importance of this course and feel this can truly benefit the residents we serve,” he wrote.
The Stop the Bleeding course is free to civilians and first responders. Courses will be offered:
June 18, 7 p.m., Aboite Fire Department, Fort Wayne;
June 19, 10 a.m., Thunder Lake Range, Angola;
July 3, 10 a.m., Aboite Fire Department, Fort Wayne;
July 17, 10 a.m., Concord Fire Department, St. Joe;
Aug. 14, 10 a.m., Thunder Lake Range, Angola;
Aug. 29, 1 p.m., Aboite Fire Department, Fort Wayne;
Nov. 6, 10 a.m., Aboite Fire Department, Fort Wayne.
For more information, contact MED Training and Consulting at 260-710-1023, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register online at form.jotform.com/medtrainingandconsulting/registration.