Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.
You may be able to save a life by taking these simple actions immediately after the trauma.
I Want to Take a Course
If you would like to take a course to prepare yourself to assist injured people following a traumatic event, contact your local public health department, hospitals and clinics, emergency medical services, or fire and police departments to see if they offer any training.
I Want to Teach/Host a Course
If you would like to teach or host a training program in support of the Stop the Bleed Campaign:
1. Pick a training curriculum and affiliate with that organization, such as:
- The American College of Surgeons Bleeding Control Basics course (often called B-Con)
- The First Care Provider organization's suite of courses
- The You Are the Help Until Help Arrives suite of courses (a joint program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FEMA, and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences)
2. Identify available instructors (or become trained as an instructor yourself)
3. Advertise to staff, colleagues, friends, family, and the public
4. Start training!