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STOP THE BLEED Kits Installed at Kahului Airport

May is National STOP THE BLEED (STB) Month. This year, the fourth annual National STOP THE BLEED Day was celebrated on Thursday, May 20. In honor of National STB Day, officials from Maui Health, Department of Transportation, and Maui County EMS installed the first of eight STB kits at Kahului International Airport. The kits were donated by Maui Health’s Trauma Program and are being installed in key high-traffic areas throughout the airport to help keep people safe and potentially save lives.

Department of Transportation’s Kahului International Airport Manager Marvin Moniz is confident that his team is prepared and ready to use these lifesaving tools and techniques to help stabilize someone until emergency medical services arrive. According to Marvin, the airport provides ongoing training for staff on how to use lifesaving STB tools and techniques.

Airport Rescue and Fire Lieutenant Troy Demello reports that over 500 out of 2,000 members on the Kahului operations staff are already trained on how to use the STB technique.

Maui Health Trauma Program Manager Jeff Later and his team have worked tirelessly to establish a STB program in our community. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic they were able to train over 200 individuals at schools across Maui and here at Maui Memorial Medical Center.

What is STOP THE BLEED?

STOP THE BLEED (STB) is the result of a collaborative effort led by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) to bring knowledge of the live-saving potential of early bleeding control. Because time is a critical factor in saving lives due to severe bleeding, bystanders play a crucial role. The STB training teaches people how three quick actions to control serious bleeding can and has saved lives. The national STB public awareness campaign emerged following the tragic events in the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, and other intentional acts of mass violence. The goal is to improve victim survival by empowering trained bystanders to take life-saving action if quickly needed- regardless of the situation or cause of severe bleeding.

Why is STB important?

The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. Bleeding control is the #1 way to prevent death in the event of severe trauma. More than 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control. With quick action and the simple but effective skills taught in the STB technique training, more people around the nation will be prepared to control active bleeding in an emergency situation and potentially save more lives.

Remember, the STB technique is not limited to mass shootings. Severe bleeding can occur with many other injuries especially here in Hawaii where we live an active lifestyle and see a growing visitor population. To learn more about Maui Health’s Trauma Program and its journey to becoming one of the only ACS Verified Level II Trauma Centers in Hawaii, click here.