Kaiser Permanente Launches Two Programs to Prevent, Treat Traumatic Injuries
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center treats many critically injured patients as Solano County’s designated Level II Trauma Center. Recently, we’ve launch two programs focused on these trauma patients – one to help prevent injuries, and one that will help them survive in the critical moments before they arrive at our trauma center.
Stop The Bleed
Time is precious in an emergency. An injured or wounded person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes. But no matter how fast a medical professional arrives on scene, it’s bystanders who may be called on to make a lifesaving difference.
Stop the Bleed is a nation-wide federal campaign to train and empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center, Is now offering the “Stop the Bleed” program to the community. The purpose is to equip bystanders – who may or may not have any medical training — to help victims of a mass casualty incident, a car crash, a natural disaster or an industrial accident. Often victims die from bleeding that may have been stopped before emergency personnel are able to reach the victim.
“We have first responders on scene, and then physicians, nurses and staff at our trauma center who can care for an injured person,” said Paula Green, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center. “But that only happens once they get here. This training will equip people in the community to render vital, potentially lifesaving, aid until appropriate medical care is available.”
The goal is to train people in the community who want to bring these skills to their workplace, school, or other high profile areas. Those who go through the training will learn how to assemble an emergency kit and receive step-by-step training on how to stop bleeding with dressings, compression, and tourniquets.
Impact Teen Driver
The National Safety Council estimates that within the last year 40,000 people died in car crashes, making this the highest rate of motor vehicle deaths in nine years. A disproportionate number of these deaths involve teen drivers. Despite car manufacturers’ efforts to build safer cars and engineers’ focus on making our roads safer, car crashes continue to escalate, due to distracted driving.
Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center is a key participant in the Solano County Trauma Prevention Collaborative, which includes local health care providers and first responders focused on this groundbreaking initiative to educate Solano County teen drivers about the dangers and consequences of distracted driving.
Using the powerful Impact Teen Drivers “What Do You Consider Lethal?” program, the Collaborative will expose Solano County teens to training and data that will empower them to make meaningful behavioral changes in their driving habits. In turn, teens will be equipped to influence the culture of reckless and distracted driving in their communities.
If you are interested in learning more about the Stop The Bleed or Impact Teen Driver Programs, please contact the Kaiser Permanente Vacaville Medical Center Trauma Prevention Program at 707-624-1572.