Brent Kahle is the ASSE Greater Detroit Chapter University of Findlay Technical Paper Scholarship Winner for 2017-18. He is a student in the Environmental, Safety & Occupational Health Management program at the University of Findlay in Ohio. Brent will graduate in May 2019. His paper is titled Teaching Safety Top to Bottom: Using Behavior-Based Safety as the Best Method of Creating a Safety Culture.
A Blanket Can Save a Life
Posted: 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
Proposed Amendments to Chapter Bylaws
Posted: Jan 03, 2018
This past August, ASSE members made the historic decision to change the organization’s name to the American Society of Safety Professionals.
ASSE members voted to amend Society bylaws to reflect the new name. As a separately incorporated entity, our chapter needs to hold a separate chapter member vote to change the name in our bylaws, as well.
To learn more about these proposed changes:
We will hold a member vote on these proposed changes at an upcoming meeting of the chapter.