National Stop the Bleed Month

Bleeding from unintentional trauma is a leading cause of potentially preventable death in the United States and across the world. Approximately 30,000 people die each year from bleeding that could have lived with rapid intervention and transport to a hospital. Stop the Bleed is a bystander first-aid training program that gives the general public the knowledge and skills they need to save a life due to massive bleeding.


A group of military veterans who ran the social media pages of Next Generation Combat Medic and The Tourniquet Project felt there was a gap in the Stop the Bleed campaign’s goal of training 200 million and the current approach regarding civilian-targeted training. Weeks after discussions began as to how best to effectively reach out to nonmilitary bystanders, administrators from both sites watched with the rest of the world as the Las Vegas shooting unfolded on October 1, 2017. Within 12 hours of the Las Vegas shooting, the inaugural National Stop the Bleed Day (NSTBD) was launched. National Stop the Bleed Day was created to generate public awareness for the official Stop the Bleed program and the B-Con course. Its goals were aimed at leveraging social media to establish a network of regional coordinators who would work together to raise general public awareness about the Stop the Bleed initiative and to direct them to B-Con courses in their area. The size of NSTBD had grown too large, so the event dates were expanded to the entire month of May, and the name was changed to NSTBM.


National Stop the Bleed Month is an international public awareness campaign.

Stop the Bleed is a bystander bleeding control program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with the goal of reducing the number of Americans dying each year from potentially survivable bleeding. National Stop the Bleed Month is a grassroots public awareness campaign to increase participation in bystander bleeding control education and access to bleeding control kits in public spaces.

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Get Involved

Get involved with National Stop the Bleed Month by taking a bleeding control class near you, teaching a bleeding control class in your community, or hosting a bleeding control class at your business or venue.

According to Dr. Nicholas Senn, 1897

The fate of the wounded rests with the one who applies the first dressing


National Stop the Bleed Month is observed every May, and it is an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the importance of stopping bleeding in emergency situations. The campaign is designed to educate the public on how to take quick action and save lives in cases of traumatic injury, such as those caused by accidents, natural disasters, and violent incidents.

To promote this initiative, various publications are released throughout the month of May. These publications can be in the form of informational brochures, posters, videos, and social media campaigns. They aim to provide the public with essential knowledge about the critical role they can play in saving lives in emergency situations.

The publications provide information on the steps that individuals can take to stop bleeding, such as applying pressure to the wound and using tourniquets. They also highlight the importance of seeking immediate medical attention and staying calm during the situation.

In addition to promoting public awareness, National Stop the Bleed Month publications also serve as a resource for healthcare professionals and emergency responders. They provide guidance on how to manage bleeding effectively and share best practices for responding to traumatic injuries.

Overall, National Stop the Bleed Month publications play a critical role in promoting public safety and increasing awareness of the importance of stopping bleeding in emergency situations. By sharing information and resources, they empower individuals and communities to take action and save lives when it matters most.

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