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    March 31, 2018 is National Stop the Bleed Day. The event was launched by the White House in 2015 to encourage bystanders to intervene and stop bleeding before emergency personnel arrive to the scene of injury. Training bystanders to stop blood loss can avoid otherwise preventable death. National Stop the Bleed Day will bring instructors and students together training, free of charge. 

    You can help to raise awareness about National Stop the Bleed day in your organization by sharing the following information:

    • Traumatic Injury is the leading cause of death for people 46 years and younger
    • 35% of pre-hospital deaths are due to hemorrhage
    • Of the 147,000 trauma deaths in 2014, 30,000 might have survived with timely hemorrhage control
    • 80% of victims of mass casualties are transported to the hospital by the public
    • EMS response times often exceed the five-minute target times for emergency response

    Bleeding Control Classes can be found here:



    Videos about Stop the Bleed are here:



    Visit the following websites for more information:





    Unintentional injury is the 4th leading cause of death for all Americans and the 7th leading cause of death for older American adults. Unintentional injury is also a major contributor to the global burden of disease and disability. The goal of the Prevention Committee is to help advance and disseminate best evidence and best practice regarding injury prevention to members of the international trauma community. Our primary efforts are focused on educational activities at the Annual Meeting, electronic learning through AAST Grand Rounds and webinars, and through publications. We also work closely with the Trauma Prevention Coalition of the American Trauma Society and the Prevention Committees of the COT and EAST to foster collaboration and synergy across organizations


    BleedingControl.org is an initiative of the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus and contains diagrams, news, videos, and other resources contributed by a variety of other private and nonprofit partners to help prepare you in the event you are witness to one of these unspeakable events.

    Check out AAST’s Periscope to see  the archived video of the live streaming of  “How to Build a Comprehensive STOP THE BLEED Program:  Tips and Lessons Learned”


    I’d like to thank the members of this committee for their energy, enthusiasm, and commitment in pulling these programs together and for advancing our goals. I would also like to thank Brea Sanders, Sharon Gautschy, and the Board of Managers for their support of our work, which makes these activities possible.

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