Stop the Bleed Initiative:
Turned into a Safety Mission
The Stop the Bleed Initiative was created in 2012 after the Sandy Hook tragedy by the Hartford Consensus. It convened officials from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries most likely presented as severe bleeding, and if left untreated resulted in death. The consensus remains if you can provide first responders and bystanders with skills and tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency, lives can be saved.
Fast forward to Spring of 2018. U16 racer Jonathan Davis JDavisFinal.m4v had an unexpected fall during a slalom at Whiteface Mountain, that forever changed the face of ski racing. Together with his coaches and the race staff, his life was saved and he is on the road of recovery. His mother Shelly Davis, is a nurse who recognized the need for training and protocols with all clubs and coaches has set out on a mission to educate to prevent the risk of hemorrhage on the race hill. It is her goal to never have what happened to her son happen to another racer and has partnered with the Kelly Brush Foundation to offer training and bleeding kits to all race programs.
Thank you to the Davis Family and to the Kelly Brush Foundation for making ski racing safer for all!