It’s Stop the Bleed Month! And we’re encouraging everyone to join this important awareness campaign to help the public feel empowered to help during a bleeding emergency.
According to the STOP THE BLEED campaign, the average bleed out time is 2-5 minutes. While the average EMS response time is 7-10 minutes.
Which means nearby bystanders continue to be the key for survival during a bleeding emergency.
How to respond to a bleeding emergency
Blood loss can quickly become life-threatening. Because a person experiencing severe bleeding can die within only a few minutes, it’s important you respond immediately.
Call 911 if the person is severely bleeding or if the bleeding won’t stop. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow these steps:
- Apply direct pressure to the wound.
- Add dressings as they become blood-soaked.
- Apply a tourniquet if the bleeding can’t be controlled with direct pressure.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for detailed steps and for more information related to bleeding emergencies.