Stop the Bleed: Public Access Bleeding Control Program

What is Life Threatening Bleeding?

Hemorrhage (severe bleeding) remains the single biggest cause of preventable death among trauma patients. Survival decreases dramatically following a severe injury with uncontrolled hemorrhage. Simple hemorrhage control techniques can effectively slow blood loss and save lives, and are easy to learn. The success of these interventions and their impact on survival relies on rapid response by trained individuals and immediate access to the proper equipment including hemostatic gauze, pressure dressings, and tourniquets. Access to these life saving supplies and training is limited, and an EMS-only response may not be sufficient to address the hemorrhage control needs presented by a mass casualty/mass trauma event.

Program Goal

The Howard County Comprehensive Public Safety Hemorrhage Control Initiative aims to reduce the impact of hemorrhage in victims of traumatic injury and to improve mass casualty response by increasing knowledge of hemorrhage control techniques and improving access to hemorrhage control supplies.

The program includes the following key components:

  • Public Access Bleeding Control kit placement co-located with select AEDs throughout Howard County.
  • Bleeding control training for members of the public safety community and the general public.
  • Working to ensuring that public safety personnel have access to the bleeding control equipment.

Extensive Department of Defense research has demonstrated that the appropriate use of hemostatic gauze, pressure dressings, and tourniquets can reduce the impact of a traumatic injury and save lives. The Department of Homeland Security Stop the Bleed initiative is a resource with simple materials for public distribution. Detailed hemorrhage control guidance can be found in the Hartford Consensus series of recommendations produced by the American College of Surgeons in collaboration with the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass-Casualty and Active Shooter Events.

Training Information

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, immediate responders (previously known as bystanders) will always be first on the scene.  A person who is severely bleeding can die from blood loss in as little as five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly “stop the bleed.” 

Did you know? Severe bleeding is the most common cause of preventable trauma death? 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. Here is how you can make a difference:

  • Take advantage of our FREE Bleeding Control course and sign up for a class using the form below, or call 410-313-2016 (for groups of 20+, we are happy to come to your location).
  • Educate yourself on bleeding control by viewing the videos below.
  • Consider obtaining a bleeding control kit for your community, workplace, or office.

Virtual Training Dates:

In-person training dates:

  • February 9, 6 – 7PM at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center (2200 Scott Wheeler Dr., Marriottsville, MD)

For additional information and to learn more:

For more information, contact Outreach at Fire and Rescue Services Email
Fire & Rescue

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