'Stop the Bleed' Focus of Creighton Trauma Symposium

‘Stop the Bleed’ Focus of Creighton Trauma Symposium

When the first alert page sounded at Hartford (Connecticut) Hospital the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, nobody in the trauma ward thought much of it.

“They were putting us on standby, as there had been a school shooting in Sandy Hook,” said Lenworth Jacobs, MD, director of the Trauma Institute at Hartford Hospital. “We didn’t pay much attention initially. We thought it was just one shot into the roof. Very quickly, it became very clear that that was not the case.”

Within minutes, Jacobs and the trauma staff learned the nightmarish truth. Twenty children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School lay dead or dying after a shooter rampaged through the building.

Jacobs shared this story June 15, as the keynote speaker at Creighton’s Trauma Symposium.

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, Jacobs and several other physicians and first responders met with President Barack Obama and eventually developed the Stop the Bleed campaign — a national effort that aims to arm everyday citizens with the skills and equipment needed to save lives at large-scale events at which bleeding is a very preventable cause of death.