Traumatic injury is a major source of morbidity and mortality and is the leading cause of death in the population under 45 years of age. Uncontrolled bleeding is cited as the primary cause of death in 35% of traumatic mortalities and often contributes to death ultimately attributed to other causes. Direct manual pressure is the gold standard for bleeding control, however, the literature regarding the best methods to stop bleeding is sparse. The purpose of this research is to investigate methods of direct manual pressure application and the best ways to teach these methods. This project will involve human subject research testing the ability of first aid providers to apply pressure to a simulated model of bleeding. By better understanding methods of pressure application and ways of teaching direct manual pressure application, we can improve first aid guidelines for bleeding control with the goal of saving lives.
The USOAR student will work on research design, IRB approval, implementation and data analysis of direct manual pressure studies. Students will be expected to compete for human subject research training, participate in research design, help enroll subjects, help analyze data and participate in manuscript writing.
No specific courses are required
1. Understand the basics of bleeding control in the first aid setting
2. Appreciate the complexities of research design and implementation
3. Understand the basics of data analysis and presentation