STOP THE BLEED
STOP THE BLEED® is an interactive course formed as the result of a collaborative effort led by the American College of Surgeons. Participants are taught to recognize life-threatening bleeding and act quickly and effectively to control it using three methods of bleeding control – direct pressure, wound packing, and application of a tourniquet. The course has trained over 2.6 million students, teachers, and community groups in learning how to STOP THE BLEED and save a life.
1. Call 911
2. Apply Pressure with Hands
3. Pack Wound and Press
4. Apply Tourniquet
California Passes STOP THE BLEED Bill
The American College of Surgeons applauds the California State Legislature and Governor Gavin Newsom for enacting Assembly Bill 2260, “Emergency Response: Trauma Kits.” The American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED® program has prepared over 2.4 million people worldwide on how to stop bleeding in a severely injured person.
Photos from SoCal Stop the Bleed Events
Advanced Trauma Life Support
ADVANCED TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT® (ATLS®) is a course which teaches surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, and other providers a systematic approach to the assessment and immediate management of injured patients. First introduced in 1980 by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, ATLS is a safe and reliable course which describes the priorities to resuscitate and stabilize the severely injured trauma patient. The course has now been taught to more than 1 million doctors in more than 80 countries worldwide.
Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma
BASIC ENDOVASCULAR SKILLS FOR TRAUMA® (BEST®) is a course sponsored by the American College of Surgeons which trains participants to perform endovascular techniques such as resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) to temporize life-threatening hemorrhage. The BEST course offers hands-on training with perfused cadavers including ultrasound-guided common femoral arterial (CFA) access, percutaneous and open cannulation of the CFA, and CFA repair.