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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 STOP THE BLEED classes available online?

    The lecture portion of the STOP THE BLEED® course is now available virtually. Use our Find a Course tool to search for upcoming classes. The skills portion of the STOP THE BLEED® course is still an in-person requirement to complete the course.

  • 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

  • STOP THE BLEED® helps prepare bystanders in India
    STOP THE BLEED® helps prepare bystanders in India

    Knowing how to control bleeding is helping bystanders save lives in India, a country with a high rate of preventable fatalities.

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  • 'Violence is a pandemic': Trauma surgeon helped save kids after Uvalde shooting
    'Violence is a pandemic': Trauma surgeon helped save kids after Uvalde shooting

    Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS, shares his experience with TODAY about treating victims of the Uvalde School shooting and how STOP THE BLEED® can turn bystanders into immediate responders.

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  • STOP THE BLEED® on 60 Minutes
    STOP THE BLEED® on 60 Minutes

    60 Minutes recently reported on the push for everyday people to learn how to stop bleeding before first responders arrive.

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Dr Jacobs Interviewed on All Things Considered

Dr Jacobs Interviewed on All Things Considered

Dr Lenworth Jacobs, MD, FACS, joined "All Things Considered" on Connecticut Public Radio to encourage everyone to visit the STOP THE BLEED website and find a nearby class.

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STOP THE BLEED comes to Antarctica

STOP THE BLEED comes to Antarctica

The medical team at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station recently hosted the first STOP THE BLEED® course in Antarctica. The research team at the South Pole Station is in isolation in an extreme environment for 10 months out of the year and lack consistent connectivity to access up-to-date medical resources.

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Training Our Elected Officials to STOP THE BLEED

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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Legislative Updates

Legislative Updates

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to expand access to bleeding control kits and several states around the U.S. have enacted legislation that takes into account the core principles of the STOP THE BLEED® campaign.

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