National STOP THE BLEED Day is May 21, 2020:
Join the national campaign to provide life-saving emergency bleeding control!
Experts say it takes between:
3 - 5 minutes to die from blood loss.
7 -10 minutes is the average EMS response time.
"Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade 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." Stop the Bleed is an initiative endorsed by the American College of Surgeons, The Committee on Trauma, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and many other national organizations. Learn more at: http://www.bleedingcontrol.org
- Call 9-1-1 yourself
- Tell someone to call 9-1-1
Ensure Your Safety
- Before you offer any help, you must ensure your own safety!
- If you become injured, you will not be able to help the victim
- Provide care to the injured person if the scene is safe for you to do so
- If, at any time, your safety is threatened, attempt to remove yourself (and the victim if possible) from danger and find a safe location
- Protect yourself from blood-borne infections by wearing gloves, if available