Stop the Bleed
Welcome to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Stop the Bleed campaign information page. We are excited to bring this world class, life-saving bleed control training to our employees and community!
Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly in a situation where a medical response is delayed, can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, it is important for the public to learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding -- within five to 10 minutes -- if the bleeding is not stopped.
The good news is that anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. Stop the Bleed supports President Barack Obama's policy directive for national preparedness (Presidential Policy Directive 8), which targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens.
Stop the Bleed is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus and contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit partners to help prepare you in the event you can help save a life.
Our shared goal is to provide you with training and credible information on bleeding control. We hope you will never need to use this information, but if you do, at least you will have the assurance of knowing how to recognize and stop bleeding until medical help arrives.
We invite you to register for one of our training courses today. The University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center bleeding control training is performed by trained medical professionals from here at UMMC/STC and includes hands-on instruction and visual presentations.
Learn more at Stop the Bleed.