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.

A Community Education Initiative to Save Lives

Stop the Bleed is an initiative that 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.

While saving a life may sound intimidating, it is very doable through a simple approach that controls bleeding. It involves applying bleeding control techniques nearly anyone can do with the right tools and training. No prior medical experience is needed.

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What You Need to Do to Stop the Bleed

  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.