A Nationwide Campaign to Empower Individuals to Act Quickly and Save Lives

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.

Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and man-made disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, 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.

The goal of this initiative is to build national resilience by empowering the general public to be aware of the simple steps that can be taken to stop or slow life threatening bleeding, and to promote the general public’s access to Bleeding Control Kits in public spaces, while they travel, and in the home.

EMS practitioners are asked to help build awareness of this initiative. For more information on these efforts and how you can get involved in the “Stop the Bleed” campaign, please visit dhs.gov/stopthebleed.

For any interest in classes locally in the Capital Area region, please email: training@catrac.org 

Stop the Bleed can be taught by EMTS, paramedics, nurses, physicians as well as ATLS, ITLS, PHTLS, TCCC, ATCN, TNCC, NAEMT, PHTLS, TCCC, TECC instructors or providers who have completed the Stop the Bleed course. 

CATRAC has all training material needed to teach a class. We will provide a training simulator for wound packing, trainer tourniquets, trauma supplies, PowerPoint, and all other material needed for the class. Anyone who is a member of CATRAC and has taken the approved Stop the Bleed course will be allowed to check out CATRAC equipment.

For any further information on checking equipment out please contact CATRAC at training@catrac.org or (512)926-6184.

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