Stop the Bleed
- WHO is it directed toward? Anyone who wants to help save a life. No “medical” experience is needed!
- WHAT is it? A program designed to train lay people to identify and manage uncontrolled bleeding until trained personnel arrive. Training is provided regarding the use of direct pressure, wound packing, and tourniquet application.
- WHEN/WHERE might it be used? Anytime you encounter a victim that has a wound with uncontrolled bleeding. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, work or home related injuries such as a fall or major cut, or intentional violence.
- WHY is it important? A victim can bleed out in just the few minutes it takes for EMS to arrive on the scene of an injury/accident. Early recognition of life threatening bleeding and taking appropriate action can mean the difference between life and death! Stopping the bleeding can enable EMS to get the patient to a hospital to address the source of bleeding
- HOW do I get trained? Classes are offered typically free of charge and last approximately 1.5-2 hours. There is no written testing or certification to maintain. Classes consist of basic education along with hands on practice. Call the Cudahy Health Department at 414-769-2239 to schedule a training for your agency or to see when our next community training will be.
For more information on the Stop the Bleed Program, visit their website .