No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, it's usually a community member who witnesses or is first on the scene of a traumatic injury. A severely bleeding person can die from blood loss in as little as five minutes. Therefore, it is crucial to quickly "stop the bleed."
Severe bleeding is the most common cause of preventable trauma death. That means community members like you can make a difference! "Stop the Bleed" is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.
Immediate responders can take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. It starts with knowing what to do.
The Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services offers a free bleeding control class for the community. If you have a group of 10+ who'd like to take the course, send us an email at [email protected]. We can host classes in a county building or at a location of your choosing within Howard County.
Watch the full course below, taught virtually by one of our trained Risk Reduction Educators.