Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
No 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.
Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. Remember to be aware of your surroundings and move yourself and the injured person to safety, if necessary.
Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured alive until appropriate medical care is available. Here are three actions that you can take to help save a life:
To apply tourniquet; PULL the strap through the buckle, TWIST the rod tightly, CLIP and SECURE the rod with the clasp or velco strap.
1. EXPOSE to find where the bleeding is coming from and apply FIRM, STEADY PRESSURE to the bleeding site with both hands if possible.
2. EXPOSE to find where the bleeding is coming from and apply FIRM, STEADY PRESSURE to the bleeding site with bandages or clothing.
3. 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. If the bleeding doesnt stop, place a second tourniquet closer to the torse from the first tourniquet.