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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 this initiative, UNC has developed a Stop the Bleed program that will include a series of educational tools and training to facilitate layperson tourniquet application. Stop the Bleed kits have been placed near AED wall units in each building. Kits include gloves, tourniquets, compression dressings, gauze, and bleeding control instruction cards. Hands on training takes place on a regular basis on campus. Please watch announcements for upcoming training sessions. 

If interested, training can be scheduled for individual departments. 

Remember, no matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. You are the help until help arrives. 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

Watch how Stop the Bleed training helped save a young skier's life at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh7ekDeFQ_s

 "You are the help until help arrives" website

For in person "Stop the Bleed" training on campus contact Deb Miller at: debra.miller@unco.edu