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Stop the Bleed, Save a Life
May is Stop the Bleed Month
The purpose of the STOP THE BLEED ® campaign is to make our nation more resilient by better preparing the public to save lives if people nearby are severely bleeding.
A bleeding injury can happen anywhere. We’ve all seen it happen too often – on the news or in everyday life. Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 5 minutes. Life-threatening bleeding can happen in people injured in serious accidents or disasters. Instead of being a witness, you can become an immediate responder and help save a life because you know how to STOP THE BLEED ®.
What You’ll Learn
What stops bleeding? In a STOP THE BLEED ® course, you’ll learn three quick techniques to help save a life before someone bleeds out: (1) How to use your hands to apply pressure to a wound; (2) How to pack a wound to control bleeding; (3) How to correctly apply a tourniquet. These three techniques will empower you to assist in an emergency and potentially save a life.
Who Can Take the Course?
A STOP THE BLEED ® course is for people who are interested in learning this lifesaving skill. The American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED ® campaign has trained over 1 million people including students, teachers, private individuals and community groups. We at Grand River Health are committed to training anyone who is old enough to understand what the course teaches and is interested in learning how to STOP THE BLEED ® and save a life.