Trauma is the leading cause of death for people 1-40 years old. More specifically, according to the National Trauma Institute, hemorrhaging is responsible for almost 35% of pre-hospital deaths and 40% of deaths in the first twenty-four hours after a traumatic event. Given these facts, on October 6, 2015 the White House launched the Stop the Bleed initiative. Stop the Bleed seeks to build personal resilience and safeguard the nation by empowering the public to stop life-threatening hemorrhage. Stop the Bleed recognizes that while the public is relatively well educated about layperson lifesaving for cardiac arrest and choking, there is no similar knowledge dissemination for traumatic emergencies.
To further the Stop the Bleed initiative, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) developed a series of educational tools to facilitate layperson tourniquet application. To access our educational website click on this link: https://stopthebleed.usuhs.edu/ or you can download our FREE app from the Google and Apple app stores for your phone and tablet. Both contain a 5-minute video, Q & A, a quiz, and other resources that we created and researched. Share with your loved ones and friends.
Stop the Bleed Tourniquet Application Instructions available:
English (CLICK HERE)
Spanish (CLICK HERE)