Stop the Bleed® Kits: What You Need to Know


Imagine you’re at the state fair, and you hear a scream, and it’s not an excited roller coaster scream. To avoid the crowds, someone took a shortcut behind a ride, and cut himself badly on a misplaced piece of equipment. He’s losing blood by the second, and the medics are on the other side of the park. Are you prepared to help him?

If there was a Stop the Bleed® Kit nearby you could quickly address the situation and provide first aid. The steps outlined on the included instructions would teach you to 1) Apply Pressure, 2) Apply Dressings and 3) Apply the Tourniquet. While you send someone to run for the medic or call 911, you can be actively helping to save a life.

What is “Stop the Bleed®”?

Stop the Bleed® is a national public health and awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Defense to encourage bystanders to become equipped and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Its goal is to save lives by training people across the country how to specifically stop traumatic bleeding.

According to Homeland Security, a person can die from blood loss within two to five minutes and, unfortunately, the average time for first responders to arrive is seven to ten minutes. It is so important for bystanders to fill that gap. Those closest to someone with a life-threatening injury should be the first to provide care. If they do so, the number of preventable deaths from uncontrolled bleeding would quickly decline.

What is in a Stop the Bleed® Kit?

Stop the Bleed® Kits are compact packages with the tools and information you need to act quickly to stop excessive bleeding and save a life. They are designed to provide their users with immediate access to products that slow traumatic hemorrhaging. In fact, the tourniquet and hemostatic dressing in the kits are the same technology recommended by the U.S. military.

Each kit also comes in a convenient vacuum-packed clear, plastic pouch. The pouch easily fits in standard AED cases and most first aid cabinets or drawers.

Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Level Kits

There are a variety of Stop the Bleed® Kits available; the more advanced the kit, the more supplies that are included. All kits, including the most basic, have items like gloves, gauze dressing, trauma shears, bandages, a permanent marker, a tourniquet and instructions for use. The more advanced kits include the previously listed items plus chest seals and additional combat gauze.

Choice of Tourniquet

When choosing your Stop the Bleed® Kit, you can pick between three different tourniquet styles. The options include:

  • C-A-T® Tourniquet
    • Has ‘Single Routing Buckle’ for fast application
    • The Red Tip Technology® elliptical tab provides added visual clues during application
    • Durable windlass system to provide enough pressure
  • SAM XT Tourniquet
    • Requires few windlass turns, enabling quick, easy, intuitive use
    • TRUFORCE™ buckle technology auto-locks to eliminate tourniquet slack
    • All-weather Precision Strap for use in wet or dirty conditions
  • SOF-T Tactical Tourniquet
    • Made of light-weight alloy components for use on the largest of limbs
    • Has 1 ½” constricting band for increased constricting pressure and patient comfort
    • Comes with two UV resistant rubber bands for mounting to equipment

Not sure which type of tourniquet is best for you? The good news is – you can’t go wrong. They all serve the same purpose. Many people in the medical field have personal preferences, which dictate which kit they buy. If you don’t have any experience with a tourniquet, we think the SAM XT Tourniquet is one of the easiest to use.

How do I use a Stop the Bleed® Kit?

Stop the Bleed® Kits are intended for use by your average Joe – not just medical professionals. They come with instructions that show you which injuries to treat first, and what products to use for treatment.

While it’s not fun to envision, there are different ways to treat bleeding, based on whether it’s spurting or oozing. Once you rip open the plastic packaging you can read how to apply a tourniquet or gauze depending on the situation.

Where Should I Keep My Stop the Bleed® Kit?

In an emergency situation, your Stop the Bleed® Kit must be easy to access. We recommend prominently displaying the kit in a wall mounted cabinet or next to your other medical supplies or AED.

Do I need a Stop the Bleed® Kit?

While Stop the Bleed® Kits are great for your home (or your car), most of the time they are purchased for use in public spaces. Think parks, pools, restaurants, event venues, businesses, churches or schools. If the location has an AED or is a place where many people can gather or visit, you should consider purchasing a kit.

Where to Purchase a Kit

Emergency Medical Products (EMP) knows the value of Stop the Bleed® Kits. We are proud to have partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense to offer officially licensed Stop the Bleed® Kits on our site. Check out our BasicIntermediate and Advanced kits.

Be prepared for a bleeding emergency – get your Stop the Bleed® Kit today at

**For more information about Stop the Bleed® download our Resource Guide here! It has best practices for preparing for an emergency, training information and ways to help fund your kit purchases.

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