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National Trauma Awareness Month 2017
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"Stop The Bleed"  


The American Trauma Society, in collaboration with the Society of Trauma Nurses, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month.  This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 29th anniversary supporting efforts to StopTheBleedStopTheBleed is a nationwide campaign, designed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.  Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers.  Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

We hope the campaign and its materials will continue to draw attention to these issues and invoke change by the community.  The ATS has posted this year’s campaign materials electronically for your use, not only for May, but also in the months thereafter.

We also encourage trauma centers to have a “trauma survivors’ day” to reunite patients and families who have been served by the trauma center. Visit the TSN web site for the materials to plan the celebration. Click on “Get Involved”, and then National Trauma Survivors Day.


General Resources 
Stop The Bleed Program

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Stop The Bleed Website


Hartford Consensus 
The Hartford Consensus III: Implementation of Bleeding Control

Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events: The Hartford Consensus

Compendium of Strategies to Enhance Victims’ Survivability from Mass Casualty Events


General Information / Articles of Interest / Research

What the White House's Stop the Bleed Campaign Means for EMS (JEMS)

How the University of Georgia Embraces ‘Stop the Bleed’ (Campus Safety)

In Chicago, Witnesses to Violence Turn to First Aid to Save Lives (ABC News)

Public use of tourniquets, bleeding control kits (EMS1)

Public Access Bleeding Control - An Implementation Strategy (National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI))

Tourniquets in Field Management of Active Bleeding (JEMS)

Better Training, Tourniquets And Techniques Since 9/11 Are Saving Lives (Kaiser Health News)

How to Use a Tourniquet (Mass General Hospital)

Fighting Terrorism With Tourniquets (The Atlantic)


Posters / Marketing Materials

Stop the Bleed InfoGraphic (DHS) 

Stop the Bleed InfoGraphic (Thin) (DHS)

Stop The Bleed Instructional Poster

The Basics of Bleeding Control

Save a Life Flowchart

How to Stop Bleeding


Training Materials

Stop The Bleed Bleeding Control Kits and Training Kits

Find a B-Con Training Course


Social Media Resources  

Stop the Bleed Logo

Who Can Respond and Control Bleeding?


"How to Use a Tourniquet" (American College of Surgeons)

"Improving Survivability" (American College of Surgeons)

"How To Apply A Tourniquet" (Mass General Hospital)

"Stop the Bleed - Basic Skills to Help Save a Life" (Pitt County Government)

"Woodshop Class Accident Simulation" (SSI Guardian)

"Sales of counterfeit tourniquets prompts safety alert" (CBS News)

"A Perfect Stranger" (FEMA)


The 'Stop the Bleed' campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public. The Department of the Defense owns the 'Stop the Bleed' logo and phrase – trademark pending.

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