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Dr. Jacobs Receives Bigelow Medal for Stop the Bleed Campaign

Photo of Lenworth M Jacobs, JrPardon Kenney, MD, FACS, president of the Boston Surgical Society, has announced that the Society will award Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, FACS, the Society’s Bigelow medal for his leadership role in the Stop the Bleed campaign, an initiative of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Hartford Consensus.  

Stop the Bleed is a multidisciplinary concept developed in response to multiple shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. It supports President Barack Obama’s 2016 identification of gun violence as a public health crisis. The initiative was fueled by surveys taken in the wake of civilian mass casualties wherein the public expressed a willingness to deliver emergent medical care in the event of penetrating trauma. Public education and engagement of police and fire personnel in acute care of the victim has occurred. Directed therapy, consisting of wound dressing, wound pressure, and tourniquet application, are mainstays of the program, which is intended to complement efforts at sheltering in place until definitive care can be rendered. Propagation of these principles, combined with widespread availability of dressings and tourniquets in public places, are expanded goals of the program.

Stop the BleedThe Bigelow medal is the Boston surgical Society’s highest honor awarded in recognition of extraordinary, high-impact contributions to the field of surgery. Previous recipients have included Arthur W. Allen, MD, FACS; Murray F. Brennan, MD, FACS; Elliott Cutler, MD, FACS; W. Hardy Hendren III, MD, FACS; W. J. Mayo, MD, FACS; and David C. Sabiston, Jr., MD, FACS. Dr. Jacobs is professor of surgery at the University of Connecticut and a member of the ACS Board of Regents.