"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.
On October 6th 2015 the White House unveiled its “Stop the Bleed” campaign to empower bystanders to act as immediate responders. This campaign is a result of the collaboration among the National Security Council at the White House with partners such as the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, American College of Surgeons, Hartford Consensus and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
- 35% of pre- hospital deaths are a result of bleeding
- 80% of mass casualty patients are delivered to medical facilities by non ambulances
What does “stop the bleed” teach?
Stop the bleed teach recognizes citizens are the immediate responders to any emergency. The public education focuses on actions to protect lives and stop the loss of life from severe bleeding. This includes:
- Actions to ensure personal safety
- How to identify bleeding as a life threat
- The use of hands to apply direct pressure
- Proper use of wound packing
- Proper use of tourniquets
StopTheBleedNY is a consortium of New York Trauma Centers that are instructing citizen and professional responders on bleeding control using the “stop the bleed” campaign. “Empowering citizens to save lives with the right knowledge and tools will make a difference in deaths from bleeding” says Mark Gestring M.D, Director of the Kessler Trauma Center.