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Bleeding Control FAQ

Current Bleeding Control Statistics—“The Numbers”

(as of December 2018)

  • Almost 40,000 instructors
  • In almost 90 countries and ALL 50 states
  • More than 500,000 people trained

What is the history of the Stop the Bleed® program and bleeding control?

In April 2013, just a few months after the active shooter disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Joint Committee to Create a National Policy to Enhance Survivability from Intentional Mass Casualty and Active Shooter Events was convened by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in collaboration with the medical community and representatives from the federal government, the National Security Council, the U.S. military, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and governmental and nongovernmental emergency medical response organizations, among others. The committee was formed under the leadership of trauma surgeon Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, to create a protocol for national policy to enhance survivability from active shooter and intentional mass casualty events.

Because these meetings initiated in Hartford, CT, the Joint Committee’s recommendations became known as the “Hartford Consensus.” One of the recommendations of the Hartford Consensus was to turn bystanders into immediate responders at the scene of wounding before first responders arrived. This step would improve the survivability of victims with severe bleeding. As soon as the area became safe, these immediate responders could act to stop bleeding if they were properly trained in the bleeding control techniques.

That recommendation gained widespread recognition in October 2015 when Stop the Bleed, a national awareness campaign and a call to action, was launched at the White House. 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.

Today, the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This effort is being accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control educational and informational program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate, and empower the more than 300 million citizens of the United States. The BleedingControl.org website provides instructors and the public with training and materials free of charge.

Studies have shown that the help given by an immediate responder can often make the difference between life and death, even before professional rescuers arrive. The Bleeding Control Basic Course provides participants with the necessary tools to become empowered immediate responders.

Bleeding Control Basics Course

What is the Bleeding Control Basic Course?

It is a maximum 90-minute course including a formal presentation and hands-on practice of direct pressure application, wound packing, and use of a tourniquet. The course was developed for a nonmedical audience to address the needs of the immediate responder to control life-threatening bleeding until help arrives

How do I find a class?

Visit the Find a Class search tool at BleedingControl.org and use the contact information included in each class listing to reach out to your local, approved instructors. If you don’t see any classes scheduled near you now, keep checking back—new classes are added every day. You can also reach out to your local trauma care providers to see if they have an approved instructor already on staff or an eligible individual willing to register and teach the community.

Does this class count for continuing education credits?

Bleeding control classes do not automatically qualify for continuing education credits. However, you can apply on your own behalf.

I do not live in the United States, are there bleeding control classes in my country?

There are ACS-approved bleeding control instructors offering classes all over the world. However, please note that our Find a Class tool is not currently available for courses scheduled outside the U.S.

How do I schedule a Bleeding Control presentation at my upcoming event?

Please reach out to a local, approved instructor to schedule a Bleeding Control course.

Are bleeding control classes available online?

Bleeding control classes are not available online. Use our Find a Class tool to search for upcoming classes scheduled in your area.

Where can I find my course completion certificate?

Please reach out to the instructor of your course for a copy of your course completion certificate.

Becoming an Instructor

Who can become an instructor?

Eligible instructors for the Bleeding Control Basic Course include:

  • Any MD, DO, RN, CRNA, NP, PA, DDS, DMD, DVM, PharmD, LVN, LPN, RD, RT, PT, OT, Paramedic, EMT, EMR/First Responder, Ski Patrol, Athletic Trainer, TCCC-MP Provider (both actively practicing and retired providers are eligible to be instructors) who has successfully completed the Bleeding Control Basic Course
  • Any PHTLS instructor who has successfully completed the Bleeding Control Basic Course
  • Any TCCC/TECCC instructor who has successfully completed the Bleeding Control Basic Course
  • Any ATCN/TNCC instructor who has successfully completed the Bleeding Control Basic Course
  • Any ATLS instructor who has successfully completed the Bleeding Control Basic Course
  • Any NAEMT instructor who has successfully completed the Bleeding Control Basic Course

Can medical, nursing, or EMT students become bleeding control instructors?

Students in any of our approved instructor categories are currently eligible to become bleeding control associate instructors. They can assist an approved instructor with teaching a class, but they cannot set up or teach classes on their own until they complete their student status.

How do I become an instructor?

If you have taken a Bleeding Control Basic Course, simply go to BleedingControl.org to register. Click on the Instructor Portal, review the Instructor Manual and Course Guidelines, then look for the link that says “please CLICK HERE for the new Instructor registration request.” From there, you will be able to request for approval to become an Instructor. In less than 48 hours, your registration will be approved and you can begin to help others STOP THE BLEED.

How long after taking a bleeding control class do I need to wait to register to become an approved instructor?

You can register for approval to become an instructor immediately after completing a Bleeding Control Basic Course.

What does it cost to become an instructor?

We do not charge for training or for course materials, which are available for download from our website.

I live outside the U.S. Can I become an instructor?

Yes, go to BleedingControl.org to register.

I applied for instructor approval more than two days ago and have not gotten a response. Have you received my request?

Please check your junk and spam folders for communications from us. If you haven’t received anything, please contact us at bleedingcontrol@facs.org.

I completed my registration and logged into the Instructor Portal. What other steps do I need to take to teach a class?

If you have access to the Instructor Portal, you have been approved to offer Bleeding Control Basic classes and do not need to take any further action. We recommend that you review the Instructor Manual, Course Guidelines, and Instructor Presentation Notes for guidance in teaching your first class. These materials are available under the Resources tab of the Instructor Portal.

Permissions and Copyright

Do I have permission to print copyrighted resources from BleedingControl.org?

You can print and distribute our materials as long as no information is changed or removed, and the American College of Surgeons is cited where appropriate. Please contact us at bleedingcontrol@facs.org to outline your intended use of materials.

Can I use the Stop the Bleed logo?

The Stop the Bleed logo and phrase are owned by the U.S. Department of Defense. For more information or to request a licensing agreement, please contact ramin.a.khalili.ctr@mail.mil.

Kits, Materials, and Products

The pricing of the kits is high. Why do we use expensive items?

The supplies that are included in our kits are approved for use by the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) and are part of their formulary. We only recommend using supplies that have been approved by this group, which has a process of formal equipment testing before being approved for use by the military. Ensuring the highest-quality materials for the best outcomes is our number one priority.

How do I get kits?

You may purchase individual kits, posters, brochures, bleeding control wall units, and training kits at BleedingControl.org.

Do I have to use your kits?

Our Bleeding Control Kits were developed in collaboration with the Department of Defense and leading manufacturers in the hemorrhage control industry. You are not obligated to purchase equipment through our website, but we do suggest you research your products to make sure it meets quality standards for efficacy.

Do I have to buy a whole kit?

Individual components of kits are available for purchase through our store. For more information or to place an order, contact our customer service representatives at service@controlbleedingkits.com or by calling 800-771-2734. Customer service is available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST), Monday through Friday.

Are preprinted booklets and posters available for purchase?

Preprinted booklets and posters are available for purchase through our store. For more information or to place an order, please contact our customer service representatives at service@controlbleedingkits.com or by calling 800-771-2734. Customer service is available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST), Monday through Friday.

When will my order arrive?

For more information on the status of your order, please contact our Store customer service representatives at service@controlbleedingkits.com or by calling 800-771-2734. Customer service is available from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST), Monday through Friday.

Do you sell those t-shirts?

Yes. They are available in sizes small through 4X. Visit BleedingControl.org to order.

Website Issues

When I tried to click the button to become an instructor, there was a page error…HELP!

On some computers, the ad blocker and/or firewall won’t support the page. Please temporarily turn off these before clicking to become an instructor.

I’m having a problem with your website. Can you help?

Please send an e-mail to us at bleedingcontrol@facs.org including:

  • Your browser and browser version
  • If you were using a public or private network at the time the error occurred
  • What links specifically caused an error
  • If possible, a screenshot of the error message you received