Bleeding Control Stations


Board of Health Receives Grant for Public Access Bleeding Control Stations
By Susan Lumenello, Director of Public Health

August, 2019 - The Burlington Board of Health, in collaboration with the Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps and the Burlington Fire Department, has been providing “Stop the Bleed” training for interested members of the public for the last several years.  “Stop the Bleed” is a national awareness campaign that trains and empowers bystanders to act in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.  Because victims suffering from massive bleeding can die from blood loss within only 5 minutes, it is important to act quickly to save lives. 

In an effort to give the public the tools needed to save lives, the Burlington Board of Health has received a grant through the CDC to purchase several public access bleeding control stations.  Bleeding control stations are not intended for general first aid but for injuries where the victim could bleed out in minutes, such as the severing of a major artery.  A public access bleeding control station provides the equipment needed for the public to take action, if needed, in a major traumatic event such as a mass shooting, but also, more commonly, for any accidental or sports injury that has caused major bleeding. 

Bleeding control stations have been placed next to the AEDs in the Burlington Public Library, the Human Services Building, Town Hall, the Burlington Ice Palace, the Burlington DPW building, and the Burlington Police Station.  Equipment at the stations is placed in an air tight sealed container and includes trauma dressing, gauze, tourniquet, and an instruction card.  This equipment could be used by off duty medical personnel and first responders but also by any bystander who knows how to implement bleeding control techniques. 

There are several ways to learn more about how to become trained in “Stop the Bleed”.  The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health has launched a free android and iphone “Stop the Bleed” app that teaches users about bleeding control.  The Department of Homeland Security has information about the “Stop the Bleed” campaign at dhs.gov/stopthebleed.  If you are interested in taking an in-person class, the Board of Health, with the Burlington Volunteer Reserve Corps and Burlington Fire Department, will be continuing to offer “Stop the Bleed” training to the public free of charge.  Anyone interested in attending training can call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955 or email boh@burlington.org

 Susan Lumenello has been the Burlington Director of Public Health since 2012.   One of her responsibilities is to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.  She works closely with other local and state partners on emergency preparedness.