AMCNO Member Dr. Tom Collins Discusses Public First Aid Training on ideastream’s “The Sound of Ideas”

Dr. Thomas Collins, who is the Director of Emergency Medical Services at MetroHealth Medical Center, recently participated in a discussion on first aid training for the public during ideastream’s “The Sound of Ideas” program.

When the mass shooting occurred in Las Vegas, many bystanders provided life-saving help to those who were injured. This horrific event has sparked a conversation about the possibility of training the public on how to provide emergency procedures, since they are in a situation to provide immediate assistance. In most scenarios, time is critical when attending to a wounded victim—a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death. 

Dr. Deborah Kuhls, who is from the University Medical Center Las Vegas and also serves on the Committee on Trauma with the American College of Surgeons, participated in the program as well.

Drs. Collins and Kuhls discussed action items that the public could take to become familiar with providing emergency assistance, including how to overcome the initial feeling of fear and how to apply a tourniquet. 

Also discussed was the importance of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, which was launched nationally by the White House in October 2015 and is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Resources can be found on the website,

To listen to the full interview, click here.

Dr. Collins is an AMCNO Executive Committee and Board member.

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