May is Stop The Bleed Month!

May 22, 2020

May is Stop The Bleed Month!

Yesterday was National Stop The Bleed Day, and the month of May is Stop The Bleed Month! It's one of our nation's largest public health campaigns. Its goal is to save lives by training people across the country on how to stop traumatic bleeding. The importance of receiving training in controlling bleeding can't be understated. "Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable deaths. Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, establishing hemorrhage as the most common cause of preventable death in trauma. (Curry N, Hopewell S, Doree C, Hyde C, Brohi K, Stanworth S. "The acute management of trauma hemorrhage: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials." JoCrit Care. 2011;15(2): R92.)

Statistics show that the average time for a person to bleed out is 2 to 5 minutes, while the average time for 1st responders to arrive is 7 to 10 minutes. Bystanders can fill the gap with STOP THE BLEED® by learning how to quickly and effectively apply what we call "Triad of Bleeding Control," Tourniquet, Hemostatics, and compression dressing. We urge you to find training and assemble the basics you need to Stop The Bleed!

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