What is Stop the Bleed®?

    Do you have bleeding emergency? What can you do?  Stop the Bleed® is a national awareness campaign and a provincial call to action that aims to train citizens how to stop a person from bleeding to death. Loss of life from exsanguination can happen in as little as 4-5 minutes therefore the need for early control of bleeding is imperative.

    Stop the Bleed® was initiated by the American College of Surgeons in 2015 in response to the active shooter disaster at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Their goal was to create an initiative that will improve survival of mass casualty events.

    Trauma Services BC believe this is a provincial responsibility to ensure that first responders and the public have the education that they need to do their part. First responders play a critical role in Stop the Bleed® and we want to ensure this message gets out there. The goal is train the public, who then in turn train others.

    SoPEC founder and CEO Landon James states “Unfortunately there are many ongoing events in BC that can cause injuries with massive bleeding, some of these include road vehicle accidents, recreational events or sport-related injuries”.   Many of these events can and will happen in remote locations where help is hard to find. Having non health providers trained to manage massive bleeding can help prevent unnecessary death.

    For anyone who may be a bystander or first on the scene, having the skills to manage massive bleeding could save a life.

    Since 2015, Stop the Bleed® has been adopted internationally to provide basic life-saving skills to health care professionals and members of the public.

    If you have questions or to register for Stop the Bleed® training outside of Vancouver, please email landon.james@sopec.ca