There are a number of methods that can be used to stop bleeding and they all have one thing in common—compressing a bleeding blood vessel in order to stop the bleeding.
If you don’t have a trauma first aid kit:
Apply direct pressure on the wound (Cover the wound with a clean cloth and apply pressure by pushing directly on it with both hands)
If you do have a trauma first aid kit:
For life-threatening bleeding from an arm or leg and a tourniquet is NOT available OR for bleeding from the neck, shoulder or groin:
For life-threatening bleeding from an arm or leg and a tourniquet is available:
Note: A tourniquet will cause pain but it is necessary to stop the life-threatening bleeding.
In this video, Dr. Lenworth Jacobs walks you through how to apply a tourniquet on a bleeding victim. Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, is a trauma surgeon and Chair of the Hartford Consensus, a committee that aims to create a protocol for the national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events.
This brief video produced by the Hartford Consensus provides an overview of recommended response and bleeding control protocol in the event of a mass casualty event. The video, in conjunction with other training materials, can be useful as an introduction or refresher to bleeding control training.
How can you stop the bleed? Learn about Stop the Bleed kits that are popping up in public sites across the nation and on TV’s Code Black!
The cast of ‘Code Black’ and CBS Cares encourage you to learn how to stop the bleed.
“A Perfect Stranger,” tells the story of Kinneil and Angelia and the event that brought the two women together. It is a powerful reminder that at a moment’s notice, any one of us might find ourselves in a situation where we are the help until help arrives. In the end, this film calls on all Americans to remake what it means to be a bystander. Video courtesy of FEMA.