You may be wondering where all this "Stop the Bleed" stuff has come from. Likely you have or will have seen Stop The Bleed kits, hemorrhage control stations in public settings just like AED's. The American College of Surgeons got together with first responders, statisticians, the US Military and put their heads together. "Stop the Bleed" is their brain child!
In April 2013, just a few months after the active shooter disaster on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events was convened by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with the medical community and representatives from the federal government, the National Security Council, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and governmental and nongovernmental emergency medical response organizations, among others. The committee was formed under the guidance and leadership of trauma surgeon Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer at Hartford Hospital, and professor of surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, to create a protocol for national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events. The committee’s recommendations are called the Hartford Consensus, and currently consist of four reports.
Hartford Consensus I–IV
Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events: The Hartford Consensus
June 1, 2013
Active Shooter and Intentional Mass-Casualty Events: The Hartford Consensus II
September 1, 2013
The Hartford Consensus III: Implementation of Bleeding Control
July 1, 2015
The Hartford Consensus IV: A Call for Increased National Resilience
March 1, 2016