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Stop The Bleed Campaign

What is Stop The Bleed? 

Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved. The first responder program has received very good response and is widely being used across the country. The next step is to focus on needs of civilian bystanders.

Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+million citizens of the United States.



How Can Johnson County Get Involved?

In the Summer of 2017, Johnson County MED-ACT became a Stop The Bleed training class provider. Our community education program presents the Stop the Bleed training to groups and businesses at no charge. Just like our CPR and Fall Prevention courses, we want to provide the community with as many resources and education materials as possible. If you're interested in setting up a time, please contact our Community Education Specialist at: 913-715-1981

Graves Mistakes: Teen Distracted Driving Program

Grave Mistakes is a teen distracted driving program put on through Johnson County MED-ACT, featuring actual call scene photos, video footage, and stories to help newly licensed teenagers understand the consequences of their choices while driving.

There is no fee for the Grave Mistakes program as it is apart of our community outreach programming for the citizens of Johnson County. We contact high schools, and organize time during their school year to come out to give this important 45 minute presentation and answer students questions about distracted driving.

The topics include:

  • texting
  • seatbelts
  • speeding
  • road conditions
  • alcohol
  • 3 ways of distraction (visual, manual and cognitive)  

As the emergency services providers for Johnson County, we want teens to know that keeping their mind on the road is one of the most important parts of their driving experience. Every choice they have while behind the wheel has some sort of consequence and we hope that they don’t make a Grave Mistake.




File of Life Program

Download a File of Life form HERE.

*If you would like a refrigerator magnet sleeve, please contact the Community Education Specialist at (913) 715-1981.

When Seconds Count…

Paramedics at Johnson County MED-ACT are prepared to respond to your home any time you are faced with sudden illness or injury, but have you done everything you can to prepare?  Will you be able to communicate your past medical history, the list of medications you are taking and any life threatening allergies you may have?  What happens when the illness or injury prevents you from being able to do so?

This frightening scenario is all too common, so Johnson County MED-ACT has made the File of Life available to our citizens at no charge.  This simple tool allows patients to post a “mini medical history” via magnet on their refrigerator so paramedics have somewhere to look for this critical information.

The front of the form contains demographic information and communicates patient preferences including hospital of choice and whether or not an Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate form exists for the patient.  The back of the form is where the patient can document the prescription medications they take, any current medical conditions they have, and medication allergies paramedics will need to know about.  The form is then folded and placed in this magnet pocket for display on the refrigerator.

Here are just a few scenarios to consider:

  • Knowing that a patient is taking blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin), Pradaxa (dabigatran), or Plavix is critical for patients who have sustained a traumatic injury or may be suffering from a stroke.
  • Unconscious diabetic patients can be treated more efficiently and perhaps even avoid a trip to the hospital if their history of diabetes is documented.
  • Medication allergies can be life threatening, so sharing that information with paramedics helps prevent unnecessary complications during the course of treatment.

Chances are there is something about your medical history or current medical status Paramedics would need to know.


EMS Provider Continuing Education

Johnson County MED-ACT provides continuing education for all Johnson County EMS providers. This satisfies the continuing education requirements set forth by the Kansas Board of EMS and the National Registry of EMTs. EMS Captains in the Education Division offer continuing education system lectures. Lectures are offered in both the live and distributive format throughout the year.  Almost all continuing education hours are offered on duty. MED-ACT also supports local hospitals with continuing education programs by providing EMS continuing education hours. The live lecture events are open to anyone to attend.  There is no cost for current Johnson County Providers.  Those attending from outside the county are charged an administrative fee to process and maintain continuing education records.

The MED-ACT Education Division plays a key role in educating the entire Johnson County EMS system quarterly, which is approximately 850 EMS providers. This quarterly system training is called Skills and Simulation. These sessions are held on duty and are hands on skills education sessions.  These sessions are for Johnson County EMS providers only and routinely cover topics and skills associated with Johnson County EMS protocols. Skills and simulation is a collaborative effort between Johnson County MED-ACT, Johnson County Fire Department’s training divisions, and the Johnson County Medical Director’s office.

photo of audience in lecture paramedics training

CPR AED Training


CPR and AED training can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Recognition of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, early activation of 9-1-1, bystander CPR and AED utilization can all dramatically impact a person’s chances of survival.

We offer the following training:

  • HeartSafe Hands-Only CPR & AED training
  • AHA Certified CPR

Contact the MED-ACT Community Education Specialist at (913) 715-1981 to set up a time for your group to learn.

AED registration:

Have you recently purchased an AED?  PLEASE make sure to register the device, so your information will be available when someone calls 9-1-1!  Go to:  http://www.marc.org/Emergency-Services-9-1-1/MARCER/Activities/AED-Registry/AED-Registration-Form to fill out a simple form.


Advance Care Planning


At Johnson County MED-ACT, our patients are the center of our focus.  We act with honor, bound by ethical and professional standards.  Those standards form the basis for “doing the right things for the right reasons.”  We seek to provide care that is consistent with our patients’ wishes.  Our challenge is discovering those wishes when a patient is unable to speak for themselves.

There are tools to help patients think about what their healthcare choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.  There are also tools which allow patients to write down their wishes so they are available to emergency medical service providers.  If available, and valid, MED-ACT can honor such documents while providing patient care.

For more information about advance care planning and making your healthcare wishes known, please go to www.practicalbioethics.org/resources/caring-conversations.  These free resources will take you through the process of advance care planning from the very first conversation through documentation of your wishes via healthcare directive and durable power of attorney for healthcare forms.

If you would also like information regarding the Kansas Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form, please contact  our office at 913-715-1950.

If this is an emergency,
please call 9-1-1