The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Student project: Follow-up study on Stop the Bleed-training of rescue services

Katarina Iversen, Master programme in cognitive science, year 1
Supervisors: Erik Prytz, Carl-Oscar Jonson
Focus area: Human factors

Stop the bleed is an educational concept to teach control of massive bleeding. Rescue services in Sörmland, Sweden, underwent training in 2018, and the aim of the study is to do a follow-up on the educational effort. Has the knowledge on bleeding control been retained? What have the benefits been for those who did the training? The study is a survey study that aims to investigate the effects of the training course, both looking at the situations in which the trainees have used the skills and how skills and knowledge are retained two years later. The development of the survey builds on the research questions on knowledge retention, but also keeping the experiences of situations where skills have had to be applied in mind. Additionally, the target group’s experience in rescue work is considered. The goal is to evaluate the effects of the Stop the Bleed training and the need for it in the rescue services, to detect the need for e.g. refresher courses.

To date, there are no long term follow-up studies on bleeding control training, and it will be interesting to evaluate knowledge retention and at the same time be able to work with the human factor and the experience of the usage of learnt skills

Katarina Iversen,
cognitive science