Stop the Bleed

Logo of stop sign with hand and text that says “Stop the bleed”

Launched in October of 2015 by the White House, Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed 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.


No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care if they are equipped with the appropriate training and resources.

What’s Happening Now

The Stop the Bleed initiative brought together a number of Federal agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations to develop and disseminate resources to train the public in bleeding control. Hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, the Stop the Bleed website offers posters and other materials that explain how to control life-threatening bleeding and links to information, such as where to find courses on bleeding control and how to offer them in your community.

Who’s Involved

The Stop the Bleed initiative began as a collaborative effort headed up by the White House that included a number of Federal agencies, including the NHTSA Office of EMS, as well as national organizations and corporations.

What You Can Do

  • Offer training on bleeding control in your community to increase bystander engagement and willingness to act during an emergency. Find more information about how to offer a course in your community.