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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Please reach out to the instructor of your course for a copy of your STOP THE BLEED® course completion certificate.
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"It doesn’t take a health professional to save the life of someone bleeding heavily," reports The Philadelphia Inquirer in this article about the lifesaving possibilities of STOP THE BLEED®.
Knowing how to control bleeding is helping bystanders save lives in India, a country with a high rate of preventable fatalities.
Learn about recent legislation, including a major new law in California that requires the installation of trauma bleeding control kits in newly constructed public and private buildings throughout the state.