Vinay Nadkarni, Perelman School of Medicine “ABC-Stop the Bleed” Indo-US Road Traffic Accident and Injury Response Program
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Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine
India has extremely high road traffic accident injury related mortality and morbidity. Uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death, accounting for 40% of deaths. Although India has committed to halve the number of trauma fatalities by 2020, very few victims currently receive “Stop the Bleed” treatment at the scene. The lack of simple first responder “Stop the Bleed” first aid knowledge and action leads to preventable loss of life and limbs. In India, first responders often quickly reach the scene, but ambulance response may be delayed due to traffic. Training first responders to “Stop the Bleed” with simple techniques (phone 9-1-1, apply direct pressure) and equipment (tourniquets) can reduce mortality and morbidity in developed countries. UPenn’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Center for Simulation, Advanced Education and Innovation, in collaboration with India’s Emergency Management and Research Institute, India’s Pediatric Simulation Training and Research Society, the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, Worldpoint Inc., regional Indian Road Safety Clubs, and other partners will collaboratively launch a pilot “A-B-C Stop the Bleed” program in Hyderabad, India. The project “Stop the Bleed” Indo-US Road Traffic Accident and Injury Response Program seeks to produce new knowledge and insight, pilot test drone delivery of lifesaving emergency equipment, enhance Indo-UPenn educational and curricular initiatives, and increase substantive UPenn visibility through transformative research and program implementation with collaborative high-profile partners in India.