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 stopthebleedtexas.org.

Stop the Bleed can be taught by healthcare professionals, non-healthcare professionals, and associate instructors who have completed the Bleeding Control training or STOP THE BLEED Basic 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, a certificate of completion, an instructor (if needed), and all other material needed for the class. Any agency that is a member of CATRAC is able to borrow Stop the Bleed training equipment.

For general questions or to learn if you are eligible to teach Stop the Bleed, please reach out to the CATRAC Stop the Bleed POC, Rachel Lindsay:


If you are not a member and are interested in borrowing Stop the Bleed training supplies, please reach out to administrator@catrac.org to inquire about membership.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Is the training available to the public?
Yes, the training is designed for the public.
2Do I need to bring anything specific?
No, materials and a certificate of completion will be provided.
3What is the cost?
There is no cost to take Stop the Bleed.
4Is this a two-day course?
No, the lecture will take about 45 minutes. Hands on training should take about 45 minues as well.
5How many classes are required?
Stop the Bleed is one training session that covers both the lecture and hands-on portion.