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Stop the Bleed

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Save A Life bannerBystanders will be first on the scene. Life threatening emergencies can happen without warning and emergency responders may not be nearby. Bleeding is one of the most common injuries among survivors of an emergency and rapid loss of blood can result in death. A person can die from blood loss within five minutes. Those nearest someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care and significantly increase a person’s chance of survival.

Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call to action adopted by the Florida Department of Health. The Stop the Bleed campaign, based on U.S. military success in reducing combat fatalities, launched by the White House in October 2015, is aimed at decreasing preventable deaths through bleeding control.

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Bureau of Preparedness and Response supplied Stop the Stop the bleed kit opened showing gauze, sponges, scissors, and gloves Bleed kits to Department of Health offices statewide to enable FDOH workplaces to be prepared to respond to a bleeding emergency. Kits include a tourniquet, QuikClot, gloves, elastic and modular bandages, gauze, sponges, scissors, and an instructional guide.

Watch as Florida Department of Health Medical Director, Dr. Brad Elias describes and demonstrates how to use the Stop the Bleed kit.

first page of compress and control pdf detailing gauzing wound, applying continuous pressure, and using tourniquet for severe bleeding


For more information on using the kit and to be prepared in the event of a bleeding emergency, review the Stop the Bleed instructional infographic.

Ordering Kits or Supplies 

Stop the Bleed Kits and replenishment of supplies are available for purchase through trusted vendors of your choice. Know your chosen vendor, as there have been reports of counterfeit tourniquets that fail on use. Also, it is important to continually monitor your entity’s kits for expired contents or restock needs to ensure each is ready when needed. 

Training, Resources and Additional Information 

App for Cell/SmartPhones – Free Stop the Bleed mobile device app from the Uniformed Services University’s National Center for Disaster phone with Stop the Bleed app displayedMedicine and Public Health designed to teach users how to stop Life-threatening bleeding. Photo by Yubanet

To download the app on your mobile device or table:
           Android                  IPhone

 

To learn more about the Stop the Bleed campaign and to find additional resources and training materials check out the following:

US Department of Homeland Security Stop the Bleed – Contains background information and downloadable poster.  

US Department of Homeland Security – You are the Help Until Help Arrives – Learn how you can help. 

BleedingControl.Org - One-stop resource to credible information on bleeding control containing diagrams, news, videos, training brochures and other resources. The site, maintained by the American College of Surgeons, is updated frequently.

FEMA-Why You Need to Stop Bleeding Right Away - Close captioned video from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

FEMA-How to Stop Bleeding – Close captioned video from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Florida Department of Health Until Help Arrives Resources for bystanders who can step forward to help save lives during unexpected emergencies.

Quick Clot Combat Gauze – Directions for Use Training – Video training from Z-Medica on using product contained in the Stop the Bleed kit.   

The Hartford Consensus Reports and recommendations from the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass-Casualty and Active Shooter Events.

Happening Around the State 

FDOH in Marion County partnered with local agencies, to lead a trauma response training event on National Stop the Bleed Day. More than 90 participants and 46 volunteers gathered to learn emergency bleeding control techniques and CPR at the event.

FDOH in Martin County is collaborating with community partners to provide training for county leadership, schools, and other community members.

FDOH in Nassau County was awarded a grant from the Northeast Florida Health Care Coalition and has provided training and distributed Stop the Bleed kits to local schools. FDOH Nassau is planning to expand to municipalities, courthouses and other community partners.

FDOH in Okaloosa County conducted a train the trainer class and certified 14 Medical Reserve Corps members and health department employees as trainers. Community classes are being set up in local schools and houses of worship.

Free Local Trainings 

To find an American College of Surgeons, Committee on Trauma no cost class in your community visit the BleedingControl.org Class Search

For more information about Department of Health Stop the Bleed initiatives or to share what is happening in your community contact flhealthsystems@flhealth.gov

The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House.  The Department of the Defense owns the “the “Stop the Bleed” logo and phrase – trademark pending.