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Stop the Bleed

Contact: Florida Health

Stop the bleed offical logo
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.
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. 

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.   

Free Local Trainings 

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

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

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.