Stop the Bleed!

Stop the Bleed Program Empowers Bystanders to Help

by UPMC Susquehanna – March 16, 2018

A person who is bleeding from an injury can die from blood loss within three to five minutes—well before most trained emergency responders can arrive at a scene and start administering aid. Whether it’s an accident, attack, natural disaster, or an everyday injury, knowing what actions to take to stop traumatic bleeding can save a life.

To better empower its communities to take quick action, UPMC Susquehanna offers free local Stop the Bleed training to school districts, businesses, and other interested community organizations for free. Since bystanders are first on the scene ahead of trained emergency personnel, Stop the Bleed aims to teach community members without medical training how to take appropriate action during those critical first minutes. Being confident in how to effectively offer aid not only empowers the community but can also bolster a victim’s resilience following a traumatic event.

The 90-minute Stop the Bleed program teaches simple techniques to help control bleeding and allows attendees to practice their skills on training mannequins, including the proper use of a tourniquet. While previously treated as a last resort, newer research shows that a tourniquet can be safely applied and kept in place for six hours or more without causing permanent damage to an arm or leg.

Attendees of Stop the Bleed learn to act quickly in an emergency using the following steps:
– Call 911
– Make sure you and the victim are in a safe place
– Expose the bleed to find the source
– Apply direct pressure to the source
– If direct pressure fails, immediately apply a tourniquet as high up on an arm or leg as possible; if that fails, place a second tourniquet just below the first tourniquet
– Once in place, do not remove the tourniquet

UPMC has dedicated more than $1.3 million over the next three years to provide free Stop the Bleed training, hemorrhage control kits, and combat application tourniquets, across the state. UPMC Susquehanna’s goal is to place hemorrhage control kits in strategic locations throughout northcentral Pennsylvania, working with school districts, community organizations, and business leaders, the health system to identify key areas.

To learn more about Stop the Bleed or to schedule a training program for your organization, contact Andy Tom, director of pre-hospital services for UPMC Susquehanna Soldiers + Sailors, at 570-723-0441 or

Idea/Concept: Johanna Vogt
Videography: Andrew Moore
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: UPMC Susquehanna
Anchor: Johanna Vogt

Produced by Vogt Media
Funded by UPMC Susquehanna

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