Stop The Bleed teaches that no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.  “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.  Remember to be aware of your surroundings and move yourself and the injured person to safety, if necessary.  Call 911.  Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available.  Here are three actions you can take to help save a life:

  1. Apply Direct Pressure using your hands.
  2. Apply a dressing and press.
  3. Apply Tourniquet (s).

This training is available from KYTEMS Instructors and trained active KYTEMS members for citizen’s groups, veteran’s groups, churches, schools, businesses, organizations and industrial sites.

A second program is B-Con:

B-Con: Bleeding Control for the Injured is available through KYTEMS instructors and the National Association of EMT’s (NAEMT) and teaches participants basic life-saving interventions, including bleeding control with a tourniquet, bleeding control with gauze packs or topical hemostatic agents, and opening an airway to allow a casualty to breathe.