Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance 2022 Hybrid Annual Conference participants learned the benefits of training employees on how to respond to trauma at facilities such as manufacturing plants and construction sites. Independence Training leaders, Glen and Drew Stilson, shared tips for stopping bleeding, assessing patients, and creating an emergency response plan that works under stress.
“We teach field medicine used in battlefields or in remote rural areas,” said Glen Stilson. “Our goal is saving lives, and that might happen in less clinical settings.” Stilson said people are generally safer when they realize what can go wrong, and they follow safety guidelines and wear PPE [personal protective equipment] better.
Mental Preparedness Leads to Better Injury Management Outcomes
A large part of trauma response training is mental preparedness on top of education, according to Stilson. “Most people have an unrealistic idea of what happens in a medical emergency,” he said. “Stress inoculation is needed.”
Aside from potentially saving a life, trauma response training benefits individuals in many areas. “Off-the-job use of training benefits friends and family, communities, themselves,” said Drew Stilson. “The training can help build teams and confidence. It gives team members opportunities to build up confidence in each other, too.”
'MARCH' Checklist Helps Assess Death Risk
Drew Stilson shared the acronym MARCH, which lists what steps to take in a specific order to assess a patient's risk of death:
M- Massive hemorrhage
Ensure the patient is not bleeding to death
Ensure the patient has a clear airway
Ensure the patient is breathing regularly
Ensure the patient has pulse
Treat the patient for shock and maintain their body temperature
Checking and regulating body temperature is critical, Greg Stilson says, because the human body only allows for two degrees of variation from 98.6 degrees before organs begin shutting down.
Greg Stilson encouraged participants to invest in safety. “You don't need a medical degree to save someone's life,” he said. “These are things you can and should know. As Ben Franklin once said, 'By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.’”
The hands-on sessions led by Independence Training helped participants learn how to quickly apply a tourniquet, pack wounds and assess patients in the field by using the "MARCH" system.