“Stop the Bleed” Programs Save Lives: Learn How to Participate with This Checklist

Last Updated: May 30, 2019

Active shooter and other explosive events are a growing public health concern, affecting communities throughout the nation.

Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. A victim can die from uncontrolled bleeding within five to ten minutes. One way to save lives is through educating the public on proper bleeding control techniques.

Pennsylvania physicians have joined together – through a decision made at the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED) October 2017 House of Delegates meeting – to support the American College of Surgeons’ promotion of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Stop the Bleed®” national public educational campaign.

PAMED has developed a Stop the Bleed planning checklist. Physician practices, hospitals, and communities can use the list to assess how their organization might offer this life-saving education. You’ll find items to consider when planning your own Stop the Bleed training event, such as:

  • Budget
  • Manpower/materials
  • Venue
  • Marketing

Get the Checklist

Additional Resources

More information on the Stop the Bleed initiative and education can be found on the websites below:

If you want to become a Stop the Bleed instructor, access the Instructor Portal here. There are also several “Bleeding Control Basics” classes currently scheduled throughout Pennsylvania. To find out if there is a class available in your region, search online here.


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