Injuries are the leading cause of death among Americans ages 1 through 44 — whether from a motor vehicle crash, falling from a roof while cleaning gutters, a serious cut from a home project or intentional violence. When injuries involve uncontrolled bleeding, death can happen in mere minutes.

Every second counts in a trauma situation. That's where you can help. The first step when encountering an injured person is to call 911.

STOP THE BLEED® is a national campaign of the U.S. Department of Defense. It recognizes that a bystander like you, an "immediate responder," could be an injured person's only chance for survival — whether that person is a family member, friend or a stranger. You can help control bleeding until first responders arrive and take over.

Bleeding Control Training Classes in the Milwaukee Area

Locally, the Froedtert & MCW adult Level I Trauma Center offers bleeding control training classes that will teach you lifesaving techniques to stop an injury from bleeding. While saving a life may sound intimidating, nearly anyone can do it with the right tools and training. You don’t need medical experience, and classes are free.

As the only adult Level I Trauma Center in eastern Wisconsin, we offer Milwaukee-area training courses to individuals or professionals interested in learning bleeding control techniques (in group sessions). If you are interested in the next class open to the community, please view our class calendar and search on keywords stop the bleed.

For more information about arranging a bleeding control course for your group or if you have questions, call the Froedtert & MCW adult Level I Trauma Program team at 414-805-8744. To make an online request, contact us.

What You Need to Do to Stop Uncontrolled Bleeding

  1. Call 911 or tell someone to call 911 if you can't do it yourself.
  2. Make sure you are safe, or you won't be able to help. Only provide care if it's safe to do so.
  3. Use appropriate techniques to control bleeding. Stopping uncontrolled bleeding involves putting pressure on bleeding wounds using the hands and gauze or attaching a tourniquet in the right place to control the bleed.

Frequently Asked Questions About STOP THE BLEED®

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