Stop the Bleed - Save a Life
Aurielle Smith, Trauma Prevention Coordinator
Launched in October 2015, "Stop the Bleed" is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. UW Health supports the campaign and through its Level One Trauma Center, is a regional leader to help cultivate a grassroots effort to 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 blood loss.
Those nearest to someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care. According to a recent National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 46.
Ways You Can Stop the Bleed
Become a Stop the Bleed Trainer
Anyone with health profession licensure (EMT, First Responder, RN, NP, PA, MD, etc.) can take a "Train the Trainer" class. Once trained, you can instruct others in your community on how to Stop the Bleed and save lives. Contact us and we'll help you find a training class.
Take a Stop the Bleed Training
Even if you have no medical training, you can take this class and be ready to save someone's life. Classes are being added every month. You can check with your local EMS providers to see if they offer a class, or complete this form and request a class for your community.
Host a Stop the Bleed Training
Consider hosting a training for your school, employer or community group. From Girl Scouts to grandpas, nearly anyone can learn to how to stop the bleed. Complete this form to request a training and we'll contact you to finalize details.