November 14, 2018
The recent mass shooting events in Thousand Oaks and Pittsburgh continue to illustrate the need for a public health approach to firearms injury. At both events, bystanders and first responders were able to stop some victims from exsanguination using their "Stop the Bleed" (STB) training. The Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns and Acute Care Surgery has been a leader in the national STB campaign since its launch in 2016. The Division has trained more than 2,000 UC San Diego Health employees and members of the public in how to recognize and stop life-threatening bleeding with direct pressure, tourniquets and wound packing. The Division has also assisted in the recent placement of Public Access "Stop the Bleed" kits at San Diego International Lindbergh Airport, the San Diego Convention Center as well as all 16 entrance lobbies at UC San Diego Health. Currently the Division is assisting in the training of County of San Diego personnel in anticipation of an ordinance that will place STB public access kits at all County public buildings. All division surgeons, along with nursing and Emergency Management staff from UC San Diego Health provide training.
Dr. Jay Doucet, Interim Division Chief, is a member of the Stop the Bleed national advocacy working group; and Dr. Todd Costantini is the State Chair for the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and leads efforts in the San Diego County. They, along with Dr. Jeanne Lee and Dr. Bryan Clary as American College of Surgeons San Diego-Imperial Chapter executive members, will continue state advocacy efforts to bring about more public access STB kits. Dr. Laura Godat is a member of the national Committee on Trauma - Injury Prevention subcommittee, whose working group just released Nov 14, 2018 the "Chicago Consensus" – a plan for a broad public health approach to firearms injury prevention which was formulated by surgeons, including gun owners. We hope all surgeons and their allies can work together to "Stop the Bleed" and "Stop the Need".