Stop the Bleed Campaign Launched by the White House & Department of Homeland Security

Stop the Bleed Campaign Launched by the White House & Department of Homeland Security

Posted by Nick Disparti on 10 06 2015

The White House and the Department of Homeland Security today launched the Stop the Bleed campaign to provide bystanders in emergency situations the knowledge and tools to stop life threatening bleeding.

Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed LogoNo matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.

Remember to be aware of your surroundings and move yourself and the injured person to safety, if necessary.

Call 911.

Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. Here are three actions you can take to help save a life:

Compress

Compress

Find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to the bleeding site with bandages or clothing

Tourniquet

Tourniquet

If the bleeding doesn't stop, place a tourniquet 2-3 inches closer to the torso from the bleeding. (The tourniquet may be applied and secured over clothing.)

Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.

Compress Again

Compress again

If the bleeding still doesn't stop, place a second tourniquet closer to the torso from the first tourniquet.

Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.

* One type of tourniquet is depicted in the illustrations.

http://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

More Information

You can learn more about how to “Stop the Bleed” and help save a life by accessing these training and resources:

To learn more or to get involved in the Stop the Bleed Campaign, contact us at stopthebleed@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Published Date: October 5, 2015