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Bleeding Control

Stop the Bleed

Launched in October 2015, Stop the Bleed® is a national awareness campaign and call to action. It is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. The Stop the Bleed campaign has been successful in its efforts to inform, educate, and empower the more than 300 million citizens of the United States. ACS Fellows are educating other medical providers and the community on bleeding control in all 50 U.S. states and almost 40 countries internationally.

The Stop the Bleed campaign has been extremely successful. There are almost 3,000 registered classes and almost 6,000 instructors registered on the ACS BleedingControl website. This website has become the leading portal for bleeding control information, stories of the international impact of the Stop the Bleed efforts, and approved training materials. Even with thousands of instructors and more than 30,000 individuals already taught on what to do in a bleeding emergency, we need your help to spread the word. Stop by ACS Central during Clinical Congress to learn more about the program and register to become an instructor. Feel free to stop ACS COT members and ACS Trauma staff and ask them questions—they will be wearing red Stop the Bleed t-shirts.

This year, Bleeding Control Basic and Bleeding Control Instructor Training will be offered at Clinical Congress Monday through Wednesday. This will give all attendees the opportunity to receive this valuable training and learn how to train others! Please plan to attend one of the 60-minute sessions and receive this valuable information. Please review CC News for times and locations of the courses.

If you have not registered as an instructor, register today! 
If you have registered, set up a class in your local community. 
If you are teaching classes, train others to teach more classes in your area.

Each class you teach gives you an opportunity to empower someone to save a life!

For more information, go to or call the Stop the Bleed hotline at 312-202-5790.