Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.
Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes. However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responders and save lives if they know what to do. BleedingControl.org supports President Barack Obama’s policy directive for national preparedness (Presidential Policy Directive 8), which targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. BleedingControl.org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus and contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit partners to help prepare you in the event you are witness to one of these unspeakable events.
Our shared goal is to provide you with a one-stop, online resource to credible information on bleeding control. We hope you will never need to use this information, but if you do, at least you will have the assurance that the information is credible and timely.
Prepared for Pediatrics
The Prepared for Pediatrics program is a multi-phase recognition identifying EMS agencies that have established programs and standards to improve their capabilities to deliver care to children in emergencies. As part of the voluntary recognition, Woodland Hills EMS equipped all of its ambulances with additional pediatric-specific emergency equipment over and above what is required for a standard ambulance. Additionally, all EMS staff members are required to complete four hours of pediatric related continuing education each year, maintain certification in pediatric CPR and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and facilitate education, injury prevention, and community outreach focused on children.
Woodland Hills EMS is certified at the "Expert" level, which is the highest level that can be awarded to a service.