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Hartford Consensus News Coverage


Free tourniquet training open to the public
9NEWS, June 19, 2016

The Denver Health Paramedic Division is offering free Bleeding Control (B-Con) courses to the Denver community June 20-23. The skills taught in the B-Con course are consistent with the recommendations of the ACS-led Hartford Consensus, which advocates that “no one should die from uncontrolled bleeding.” 

With Active-Shooter Events on the Rise, Advocates Say Everyone Should Know How to Stop Bleeding
US News & World Report, June 14, 2016

"The realization that many people are dying who might be saved prompted Jacobs, a leader of the American College of Surgeons, to propose that the world's largest surgeons' organization take action. The group formed a committee made up of representatives of government, law enforcement, defense and medical officials to develop a national policy designed to increase survival from active shooter and mass casualty events."

Phoenix shows support for Orlando shooting victims [news story]
Cronkite News 06/14/2016 [video]
Cronkite News, June 13, 2016

“Sydney Vail [MD, FACS], a Phoenix doctor who treated four victims of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in which 32 people were killed, carries a trauma kit around his ankle, just in case.

Dr. Vail, who heads the trauma division at Maricopa Medical Center, said he believes Arizona is prepared to handle a major event like the one in Orlando.”

Public use of tourniquets, bleeding control kits
, May 31, 2016

“The American College of Surgeons convened a special committee to identify changes necessary to improve survival following active shooter and MCIs. One of the major themes to emerge from these series of meetings, known as the Hartford Consensus, is that the public will act as responders to provide aid before the arrival of professional rescuers.

Another major theme of the Hartford Consensus, which was the focus of the second Hartford Consensus Conference, is the value of a comprehensive educational program for all members of this trauma chain of survival. Critical to this concept and the focus of third Hartford Consensus Conference, is educational campaigns targeting members of the general public, which should include training on how to apply direct pressure, how to use hemostatic dressings, and how to apply tourniquets.”

The average bystander won't know how to control bleeding
Reuters, April 19, 2016

"Regarding a mass shooting, 75 percent of people randomly selected to consider this scenario said they would try to give first aid if it seemed safe to do so, according to a report in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons."

Sherman gives local public safety departments mass trauma bags
Chicago Tribune, January 22, 2016

“Williams said the group used the Hartford Consensus as a model for its work and has developed a series of classes based on those offered by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians to provides basic medical training for all first responders involved in mass shooting incidents.

He explained the Hartford Consensus is a committee of medical professionals that formed in the aftermath of the mass shooting in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. to look at enhancing survival in such situations.”


Fighting Terrorism With Tourniquets
The Atlantic, November 20, 2015

“The idea that these techniques could be transferred from the military to the civilian sphere has gained momentum in the United States since the 2012 slaughter of 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut, according to E. Reed Smith, the co-chairman of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC), a volunteer organization composed of civilian and military medical experts. Four months after the Newtown shooting, the American College of Surgeons founded the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass-Casualty and Active Shooter Events. The result has been a series of conferences producing what has become known as the Hartford Consensus: a collection of recommendations centered on the principle that ‘no one should die from uncontrolled bleeding.’ In a July article in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, the Joint Committee argued that “bystanders” should instead be thought of as ‘immediate responders,’ and that first-aid courses should include lessons on how to properly apply tourniquets. The same principles underlie the White House’s ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign, launched in early October.”


Marathon bombing prompts police to carry tourniquets
USA Today, April 12, 2014

“While the Boston tragedy served to accelerate the new equipment distribution, the series of mass-casualty shootings — especially the 2012 Connecticut elementary school massacre — started an examination last March of crisis response led by the American College of Surgeons, the FBI, the Major Cities Chiefs Association and other groups.

That review resulted in a July publication known as the Hartford Consensus, named for the groups' initial meeting location, that offered strategies for how best to increase victims' survivability in mass-casualty events, emphasizing hemorrhage control and the application of tourniquets by first-responding officers.”

Reviving a Life Saver, the Tourniquet
New York Times, January 19, 2014

“In June, the Hartford Consensus reported that ‘hemorrhage control’ was one of the most important factors in saving lives after mass casualties occur. Four months later, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, a group of police commissioners from the 63 largest urban cities in the nation, unanimously endorsed guidelines to equip police officers with tourniquets.”


Editorial: Epidemic of mass-casualty events inspires new EMS rules
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 17, 2013

“Dr. Lenworth Jacobs is a trauma surgeon who created The Hartford Consensus, which brought together eight experts in emergency medicine, military and law enforcement after the Newtown shooting to try to find better ways to respond.

Dr. Jacobs was the lead author of a paper issued by the group, which said it hoped the plan would be a blueprint for towns and cities to use as a starting point for coordinating emergency response efforts.”

New ‘Active Shooter’ Protocol: Despite Danger, Stop The Bleeding Faster
WBUR, December 9, 2013

“In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting nearly a year ago, a group of medical, military and law enforcement experts, commissioned by the American College of Surgeons, convened to answer a burning question: How do you increase survival in such mass attacks?

That ‘Hartford Consensus’ group issued its initial concept document just 10 days before the Boston Marathon bombings in April, said Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, a trauma surgeon at Hartford Hospital. The much-admired emergency response to the marathon attack only bolstered the group’s findings. Support grew, and federal authorities — Homeland Security and FEMA — adopted the Hartford-based protocols in September, he said.”

In Mass Attacks, New Advice Lets Medics Rush In
New York Times, December 7, 2013

“‘These events like the shootings are usually over in 10 to 15 minutes, but it often takes over an hour for everyone to get there,’ said Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, a trauma surgeon who created the Hartford Consensus, which brought together experts in emergency medicine and officials from the military and law enforcement after the Newtown shooting to determine better ways to respond to mass casualties.

‘We’re seeing these events in increasing frequency, and unfortunately we have to change how we approach them to keep death tolls down,’ Dr. Jacobs said.”

Tourniquets Gain New Respect
Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2013

“After the Newtown shooting, Dr. Jacobs was among the medical experts asked by the American College of Surgeons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to draft recommendations for the best way to respond to such events. Those recommendations, called the Hartford Consensus, included a call for wider use of tourniquets.”

FEMA Adopts Active-Shooter Guidelines Calling For 'Warm Zones,' Tourniquets
Hartford Courant, October 21, 2013

“The Hartford Consensus was formed after Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, director of trauma and emergency medicine at Hartford Hospital, approached the American College of Surgeons about developing a response to recent mass shootings. Jacobs said he had the idea for the group after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

In spring this year, the group drafted a rough outline of their plan. A few months later, members developed a more detailed plan, which includes more use of tourniquets and bringing EMS into ‘warm zones’ to more quickly treat the wounded. The plan discussed earlier this month by the American College of Surgeons in Washington D.C.”

Doctors Of 'The Hartford Consensus' Draft Plan To Help Cities, Towns Prepare For Mass Shootings
Hartford Courant, May 27, 2013

“Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, director of trauma and emergency medicine at Hartford Hospital, said the group hopes the plan it is drafting will be a blueprint for each community—something towns and cities would use as a starting point for coordinating emergency response efforts. The short paper that came out of the daylong conference will be published in the June issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.”

Death and injuries in Boston evoke war's hard lessons
USA Today, April 16, 2013

“A committee of medical experts from the military, first responders, the FBI and the American College of Surgeons met this month in Hartford, Conn. Citing the Sandy Hook massacre that killed 20 children and six adults, the panel drafted recommendations for improving survival rates in horrific events.”