ACS COT Guidance for STOP THE BLEED Course Instructors

Committee on Trauma logoThe American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) fully supports the directives urging social distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and strongly encourages all instructors to cancel STOP THE BLEED® Courses planned in the near future.

The ACS COT expects adherence to all governmental and organizational restrictions on gatherings, hosting of meetings on their premises, or business travel for their employees. If you do hold a STOP THE BLEED® Course, course size should not exceed 5-10 participants,  and make sure that you are appropriately sanitizing your equipment and have the appropriate personnel cleaning supplies for your staff, faculty, and Course participants. Advise potential participants that they will not be admitted to a Course should they demonstrate signs of cold- or flu-like illnesses.

Everyone must do their part to reduce risk and promote the health and safety of the global community. Currently, that requires social distancing which outweighs the very real need to provide training on this crucial life-saving skill. The ACS COT is working on alternate options for sharing key principles of the Stop the Bleed message; when these are available, they will be posted on

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DoD Guidance for STOP THE BLEED Course instruction

With the nation still fighting to stop the spread of COVID-19, social distancing remains an essential method to protect lives and preserve the capacity of our hospitals and medical system. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) recommends that hands-on classroom-based STOP THE BLEED® training continue to be suspended until at least June 15. In the meantime, learners may take advantage of the many web-based options for STOP THE BLEED® education.

DoD will reevaluate the situation in early June and make further recommendations at that time. Thank you for your continued support of the STOP THE BLEED® program.