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Minutes count! Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 5 minutes. That’s why bleeding control—keeping the blood inside the body—is the purpose of Stop the Bleed training.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is a Stop the Bleed course?

    Most Stop the Bleed courses last no more than 90 minutes. A formal presentation is followed by hands-on practice of applying direct pressure, packing a wound, and using a tourniquet to stop bleeding.

  • How much does a Stop the Bleed course cost?

    Typically, there is no charge for most Stop the Bleed courses. However, sometimes expenses are incurred to hold one. Check with your local instructors to see if there is a fee for their courses. All of our instructors volunteer their time and expertise to teach Stop the Bleed training.

  • Where can I find a Stop the Bleed course?

    The Stop the Bleed website contains upcoming courses. Use our Find a Course tool to search for one that’s near you. Courses are updated on a regular basis, so you can check back again if you don’t find a course that matches your schedule or is close by. If you don’t find a course in your town or city, try searching by zip code or state.

  • I don’t see a course available in my community. How do I request one?

    Stop the Bleed is a grassroots effort. If you don’t see a course available near you, contact your local hospital and ask for one to be held in your local community.

  • How do I set up a course for my school or community group?

    It’s easy to set up a Stop the Bleed course for your local group. There are tens of thousands of instructors around the U.S. and world. You can find someone nearby to come teach a course for your group by contacting stopthebleed@facs.org.

  • Are bleeding control classes available online?

    Bleeding control courses are not available online. Use our Find a Course tool to search for upcoming classes scheduled in your area. You do have to attend and be physically present to participate to learn how to control bleeding in one of our Stop the Bleed courses.

  • Where can I find my course completion certificate?

    Please reach out to the instructor of your course for a copy of your Stop the Bleed course completion certificate.

News Coverage

  • Police officer receiving Stop the Bleed training
    Stop the Bleed kits used to administer first aid
    Education Week reports on a shooting at Saugus High School and the Stop the Bleed kits used to administer first aid to victims.

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  • Tourniquet training
    Off-duty officers rushed to Saugus High after hearing shots: 'Their actions saved lives'
    USA Today reports on the actions of off-duty first responders at a Santa Clarita high school and the Stop the Bleed kits they used to save lives.

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  • Learning how to "Stop the Bleed"
    Learning how to "Stop the Bleed"
    CBS News recently featured a segment on 60 Minutes Overtime about Stop the Bleed and how knowledge of bleeding control techniques can help save the life of someone who's been shot with an assault rifle.

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Stop the Bleed state legislation is taking hold

State Legislation Is Taking Hold

Several states in the U.S. are already enacting legislation that takes into account the core principles of the Stop the Bleed campaign.

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U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee learns how to apply pressure to a wound.

Training Our Elected Officials to Stop the Bleed

Elected officials at the state and national levels have taken notice of the life-saving potential of Stop the Bleed. We have trained numerous members of Congress, state officials, and their staff members on how to Stop the Bleed.

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National Stop the Bleed Month and Day

Mark your calendars! May is National Stop the Bleed Month. This month-long observance highlights the importance of Stop the Bleed training and offers the public training courses in bleeding control techniques. An additional focus will be directed to May 21, 2020, which will be the third annual National Stop the Bleed Day. We’ll have more information on this website by spring 2020.