A Blanket Can Save a Life

Mar 12, 2018

By Kathleen Hiltner, MS, CSP, Paramedic

An unexpected event occurs in the workplace.  A coworker has been severely injured and is losing blood rapidly.   You know you can control external bleeding by applying direct pressure at the bleeding site and a pressure bandage to stop the bleeding, but how can a blanket help save a life?

The Pre-Hospital National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and American Council of Surgeons stress the importance of preserving body heat in trauma patients. The reason is because clotting factors in the blood require the body to be at or near normal temperature to effectively stop bleeding from trauma.  Even when the temperature seems comfortable to you if the patient is shivering or has cold and clammy skin it is likely that they are losing body heat.  Low body temperature or hypothermia severely impairs the body’s ability to stop bleeding so it important to maintain body temperature through the use of blankets.   It could save a life.

Do you have a blanket in your emergency first-aid kit?

PHTLS; prehospital trauma life support, (8th ed.). S.I.: JONES & BARTLETT LEARNING

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New Greater Detroit ASSE Mentoring Program

Feb 27, 2017

The purpose of the Mentoring Program is to provide the platform and structure for health and safety professionals to grow and develop into the field of safety and career for which they strive.

Through support of the Greater Detroit Chapter and other groomed safety professionals, the Mentoring Program will support health and safety professionals in professional development no matter what stage of their career or field of safety.

The purpose of the program is not intended to be a vehicle to establish employment but rather a program and structure to develop health and safety professionals.

Click here to find a summary of the program along with descriptions of what roles both mentors and mentees play in the program.

How do I become a Mentor or Mentee?

Becoming a Mentor or Mentee is simple, just click here to answer some preliminary information and one of our Chapter Mentoring Committee members will contact you shortly afterwards to begin the process.