STOP THE BLEED INITIATIVE
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, making it imperative to know how to quickly stop the blood loss.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign is an initiative to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. There are simple steps that can be taken by bystanders in an emergency situation to stop or slow life threatening bleeding which can save lives.
Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.
For more information on these efforts and how you can get involved in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, please visit dhs.gov/stopthebleed. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, a partner in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, has also developed a series of training resources available online http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/public/resources.
US Department of Homeland Security
American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma