Department of Homeland Security Stop the Bleed Campaign

October 27, 2015

Stop the bleed

On October 6, 2015 the White House and the Department of Homeland Security launched the "Stop the Bleed" campaign in order to educate the general public about bleeding control in emergency situations. In many cases, the quick reaction of bystanders is critical prior to the arrival of trained professionals, because individuals who suffer traumatic injuries can die from blood loss within minutes.1 From events such as the Boston Marathon Bombing to everyday situations like motor vehicle accidents, the intervention of bystanders can make the difference between life and death for a victim.

The campaign, based on knowledge and procedures currently implemented by trained first responders and military personnel, not only educates individuals on the appropriate steps involved, but also promotes general awareness of the life threatening complications of excessive bleeding.2

Similar to CPR and AED programs, the "Stop the Bleed" campaign provides simple steps and Bleeding Control Kits to the public so that bystanders can quickly and efficiently stop the bleeding and save a life. The first step is "compress" – locate the source of the bleeding and apply constant pressure with a bandage or any other accessible resource, such as clothing. If compression does not alleviate the bleeding, the second step is to apply a tourniquet. If the bleeding continues to persist, apply a second tourniquet above the initial tourniquet.3

The SPTC/NCSP has numerous courses that include aggressive hemorrhage control including tourniquets, direct pressure, and wound packing. These skills are taught across disciplines to ensure that the first responders on scene are aware of and able to react to life threatening bleeding.

For more information about the "Stop the Bleed" campign, see:

For information about upcoming SPTC/NCSP courses contact the SPTC at or (315) 768-5689.

1. "FACT SHEET: Bystander: 'Stop the Bleed' Broad Private Sector Support for Effort to Save Lives and Build Resilience".The White House. October 6, 2015. Accessed October 22, 2015

2. Ibid.

3. "Stop the Bleed" Department of Homeland Security. October 7, 2015 Accessed October 22, 2015.