Some have wondered what differences exist between our Stop The Bleed (Basic Bleeding Control) Course and the Stop The Bleed (M.A.R.C.H.) Course. While the information between the two is the same at its core, our Stop The Bleed (M.A.R.C.H.) program includes cumulative skills to be performed by a trained/licensed provider, and Freestanding Communities Volunteers.
In addition both programs incorporate the use of equipment that is applicable to the skill sets of each group. For instance, both programs introduce and reinforce the importance of scene safety, activation of the emergency services system, as well as the ABC's of bleeding control. To add more context to such differences, the basic course is isolated to and emphasizes the correct procedures to be followed in order to identify and stop life threatening bleeding. The M.A.R.C.H. program reinforces this information, incorporates airway adjuncts and positioning, and includes a patient scenario contingent. In this latter part participants learn how to conduct a thorough trauma assessment based on the identification and treatment of Massive Hemorrhaging, management of an Airway, treatment and prevention of Respiration compromise, assessment and monitoring Circulation, and the identification of Head Injuries and Prevention of Hypothermia (M.A.R.C.H.). Once practiced, participants are required to identify life threatening wounds and appropriately manage a trauma patient within 6-10 minutes.
Lastly, our Stop The Bleed (Basic Bleeding Control) Course is offered to members of the community while our Stop The Bleed (M.A.R.C.H.) Course is reserved for Freestanding Community Volunteers working within the communities they serve. Freestanding Communities remains committed to building resilience in the community and can be found taking steps to elevating health literacy, advocating healthy lifestyles, and assisting with emergency planning. If you would like to join our team and earn certifications required to assist your community, please click on the photo to get started.