Stop the Bleed

Following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama called for a unified effort to enhance the public's resilience to events resulting in mass casualties. In 2013, The American College of Surgeons responded with the Hartford Consensus which called for training the public in techniques to control bleeding. If injuries have occured and medical professionals are unable to attend the scene because of an active shooter or threat of an explosive device, have members on the ground with basic bleeding-control training will save lives.

With the same mindset there is around learning CPR, the general public should actively learn to perform proper bleeding-control techniques. These skills should include how to use your hands, field dressings, and tourniquets. When it comes to uncontrollable bleeding, death can occur within minutes, but with basic bleeding-control training the loss of life can be mitigated. is an initiative designed by the American College of Surgeons and the Hartford Consensus. The website 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.


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