"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.
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.
Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. There are some very simple actions anyone can take to help save a life.
Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured alive until the appropriate medical care is available.
Find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to the bleeding site with bandages or clothing.
If the bleeding doesn't stop, place a tourniquet 2-3 inches closer to the torso from the bleeding.
The tourniquet may be applied and secured over clothing. Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.
If the bleeding still doesn't stop, place a second tourniquet closer to the torso from the first tourniquet.
Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was launched during an event at the White House, to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. Working with the private sector and nonprofit organizations, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign will put knowledge gained by first responders and our military, into the hands of the public to help save lives.
NAEMT participated in the launch of this White House initiative, and has endorsed the Stop the Bleed campaign. NAEMT was recognized at the launch for its work in developing the Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con) course to teach basic life-saving medical interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe. The course is designed for NON-tactical law enforcement officers, firefighters, security personnel, teachers and other civilians requiring this basic training.
The B-Con course is a joint product of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians’ Prehospital Trauma Life Support. Wherever, and whenever, possible ACS instructors are encouraged to collaborate with local PHTLS coordinators. To connect with a PHTLS instructor in your area, contact [email protected].
Any healthcare providers can deliver and present the B-Con content, without having previously taken the course and are not required to have PHTLS Instructors involved in the process. Any lay personnel who has previously completed the B-Con course can deliver and present the content. However, should they need assistance, PHTLS faculty can assist with any needs. As noted previously, collaboration is strongly encouraged.
Course facilitators/instructors are not required to maintain or submit participant rosters. If B-Con courses are conducted as part of a trauma center’s outreach and education program, a list of the total number of courses and the total number students will be requested as part of the PRQ. Submitting course info is easy using the Share / Receive Information Form above.
Course content is currently available on this website as well as the FACS website. The certificate of completion for the B-Con course is the same for both NAEMT and ACS sponsored courses. The certificate of completion can be found on the FACS website and this website.
A successful Stop The Bleed campaign fits within your injury prevention and community preparedness initiatives. If you would like to learn more about how you may provide this valuable information to your community, please contact using the form above.
Stop the Bleed 2015-2016