by Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS
An opportunity for
and peer education
It is an uncommon gift to come away from an academic conference motivated to implement a significant changein one’s practice; it is even more
rare to be so inspired that you decide to create a whole
new program or initiative. Yet such was my reaction
upon learning the details of the Stop the Bleed® campaign at the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC.
In his presentation, ACS Regent Lenworth M.
Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, outlined the rationale,
process of development, and plans for a nationwide
rollout of the Stop the Bleed campaign. The beauty of
the program was immediately apparent. It is simple,
concise, easily teachable, and has great potential to
save lives that might otherwise be lost. Although the
program was created in response to the mass casualty
events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown,
CT, in 2012, and the 2013 attack at the Boston Marathon, MA, the skills are transferrable and applicable
to the treatment of bleeding from any cause.
As I listened to Dr. Jacobs’ presentation, I
kept thinking about my own family and my own
community in Rochester, N Y. My wife and I are both
privileged to serve on the executive boards of the city’s
major Jewish agencies, where heated arguments con-
tinue about whether armed guards should be hired
to protect the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and
the Community Day School that our three children
attend. My mission became clear—I needed to teach
this curriculum to the entire staff of each of these
organizations and to install hemorrhage control kits
in strategic locations throughout these facilities.
Implementation of the program
Implementing the program was surprisingly simple.
Like many other surgeons, I attended a brief training
session at Clinical Congress and became certified to
teach the curriculum. Over the next few weeks, I met
with the leaders of the five largest Jewish organizations in Rochester. As anticipated, they all immediately
recognized the importance of this project and were
enthusiastic about the opportunity to have their staff
members trained—and quickly. At each organization,
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