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UNC Stop the Bleed Program

According to the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, trauma is the leading cause of death for people 1-40 years old.  More specifically, hemorrhaging is responsible for almost 35% of pre-hospital deaths and 40% of deaths in the first twenty-four hours after a traumatic event.  Given these facts, on October 6, 2015 the White House launched the Stop the Bleed initiative. Stop the Bleed seeks to build personal resilience and safeguard the nation by empowering the public to stop life-threatening hemorrhage.  

To further the Stop the Bleed initiative, UNC is developing a Stop the Bleed program that will include a series of educational tools and training to facilitate layperson tourniquet application. Stop the Bleed kits are being placed near AED wall units in each building. Kits will include gloves, tourniquets, compression dressings, gauze, and bleeding control instruction cards. Face to face training will take place on a regular basis. Please watch announcements in UNC Today for upcoming training sessions. 

Remember, 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. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.

You may be able to save a life by taking these simple actions immediately after the trauma.

Stop the Bleed Instruction Card

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