What is Stop the Bleed®?
Stop the Bleed® is a national awareness campaign and a call to action started by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security in 2015. The Stop the Bleed® program 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. Stop the Bleed® Kits, and other specialized bleeding control kits can be used by both trained professionals and bystanders.
No matter how quickly professional emergency medical technicians arrive, in the event of a mass shooting, workplace violence, traumatic injury, or motor vehicle crash, bystanders will be the first responders on the scene. As a result, easy-to-use public access bleeding control kits are increasingly important and are a necessary component of any comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. Check out these important Stop the Bleed® facts:
- Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma.
- Victims of severe bleeding can die within 5-10 minutes.
- Approximately 5 million people die every year around the world from accidental and non-accidental trauma.
- 340 mass shootings occurred in America in 2018.
- Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans 45 and younger.
- Trauma is the fourth leading cause of death overall for all ages.
- More than 60,000 American die each year from hemorrhagic shock.
- Hemorrhagic shock is responsible for 1.9 million deaths worldwide.
- 37,133 Americans died in motor vehicle crashes in 2017.
- 5,147 fatal injuries occurred in the workplace in 2017.
- Up to 20% of trauma-related deaths in the United States could have been prevented.
- Traumatic injuries cost an estimated $670 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity in 2014.
- Because of better wound care, between 2005 and 2013, the percentage of wounded service members who died of their injuries in Afghanistan decreased by nearly half.
- In the United States, 15,332 instructors have trained 124,350 people to Stop the Bleed®.
The Importance of Stop the Bleed®
Did you know that up to 20% of trauma-related deaths in the United States could be prevented? That’s approximately 30,000 lives that could be saved with proper training, equipment and product availability! With this information in mind, we strive to help our customers, educational partners and community members to better understand traumatic bleeding and the importance of bleeding control kits such as Curaplex® Stop the Bleed® Kits, Curaplex® Bleeding Control Kits and Stop the Bleed® tourniquets.
Over the past couple of years, the number of active shooter events, school shootings and mass casualty incidents at churches, concerts, and other public venues have increased dramatically.
These tragedies have changed what being a “first responder” means in society. “Now, the first responder is you or me. Now that first responders can also be laypeople or bystanders, we need to evolve the kinds of products we use and we need to put these products into the hands of the people who are truly there first,” said Sarnova’s Emergency Preparedness Product Manager, Danny Roberts. “Depending on how far away medical help is, that layperson can be the difference between someone living or dying. If you have the tools, like a Stop the Bleed® tourniquet, and training to stop bleeding, you can save someone’s life.”
Stop the Bleed® Training Near Me
With access to the right products and the right training, anyone can help stabilize a victim and improve their chances of survival. Just like having a publicly accessible AED, bleeding control kits are an important addition to workplace and public access emergency readiness programs. For households in rural, remote, or hard-to-reach locations, they make great additions to personal-use emergency kits. But do you know how to use the kits?
Although special Stop the Bleed® training is not required to use a Stop the Bleed® or a bleeding control kit, this training goes beyond standard first aid training and teaches laypeople and bystanders how to assess a scene for safety, find the source of bleeding, apply appropriate bleeding control measures, use a Stop the Bleed® tourniquet effectively and pack large wounds with hemostatic dressings.
In a recent news release issued by the American College of Surgeons, many Americans would be interested in “taking a bleeding control course that would empower them to immediately assist victims of active shooter and other intentional mass casualty events… Furthermore, the vast majority of civilians support training and equipping police officers to perform severe bleeding control on victims as soon as possible rather than wait for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to arrive on the scene. There’s also strong public support for putting bleeding control kits in public places where large crowds gather, similar to the way that automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are now found in airports and shopping malls for use by responders who have undergone cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.”
You are probably thinking, “where can I find Stop the Bleed® classes near me?” You can search online for “Stop the Bleed® training near me,” or you can visit bleedingcontrol.org to find the classes closest to you.