Immediate Responders ...
Not Bystanders

"Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.

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.

Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. There are some very simple actions anyone can take to help save a life.

Steps To Save A Life

Call 911

Bystanders can take simple steps to keep the injured alive until the appropriate medical care is available.


Find where the bleeding is coming from and apply firm, steady pressure to the bleeding site with bandages or clothing.


If the bleeding doesn't stop, place a tourniquet 2-3 inches closer to the torso from the bleeding.

The tourniquet may be applied and secured over clothing. Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.

Compress Again

If the bleeding still doesn't stop, place a second tourniquet closer to the torso from the first tourniquet.

Pull the strap through the buckle, twist the rod tightly, clip and secure the rod with the clasp or the Velcro strap.

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The “Stop the Bleed” campaign was launched during an event at the White House, to provide bystanders of emergency situations with the tools and knowledge to stop life threatening bleeding. Working with the private sector and nonprofit organizations, the “Stop the Bleed” campaign will put knowledge gained by first responders and our military, into the hands of the public to help save lives.

NAEMT participated in the launch of this White House initiative, and has endorsed the Stop the Bleed campaign. NAEMT was recognized at the launch for its work in developing the Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con) course to teach basic life-saving medical 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. The course is designed for NON-tactical law enforcement officers, firefighters, security personnel, teachers and other civilians requiring this basic training.

Who Can Teach A Course

All NAEMT PHTLS or TCCC instructors are eligible to teach the NAEMT Bleeding Control (B-Con) course, and course materials are free of charge for NAEMT Instructors. To learn more about who may receive free training materials and teach a course, please feel free to visit the NAEMT website or contact the NAEMT directly.

You Can Help

A successful Stop The Bleed campaign fits within your injury prevention and community preparedness initiatives. If you would like to learn more about how you may provide this valuable information to your community, please contact using the form above.

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