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Stop the Bleed Injury Prevention

First aid on arm | NYU Winthrop HospitalAccording to a National Academies of Science study, trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 46. This includes life-threatening injuries from car crashes, gun violence, mass casualty incidents, terrorism, and home and workplace injuries. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes so it is critical to quickly stop the hemorrhaging.

Stop the Bleed, a national program started in 2015 by the Department of Homeland Security, is a major training initiative for NYU Winthrop Hospital. This outreach program is the first in Nassau County to encourage residents to become educated and empowered to assist in a bleeding emergency until professional medical help arrives.

Stop the Bleed

  • Two-hour training sessions teach how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and provide an immediate response to control it.
  • Hands-on training employs the use of mock body parts and a liquid resembling blood.
  • 'Training the Trainers' sessions are available for medical, security and firefighter personnel who can help bring this important information to their local communities.

Stop the Bleed Safety Tips

Move yourself and the injured person to safety, call 911 and follow these tips for controlling hemorrhage:

Apply Direct Pressure
Use your hands or clothing to apply firm, steady pressure to the wound.

If the bleeding doesn’t stop
Secure a tourniquet a few inches from the wound.

If bleeding continues
Place a second tourniquet a few inches closer to the torso.


For more tips, download the Department of Homeland Security’s infographic.