Go from Bystander to Hero: Learn How to Stop the Bleed

Amy Stewart, MD, FACS
Updated 4/24/2019 7:19 AM

You may know CPR but do you know how to Stop the Bleed? Bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death after an injury such as accidents, natural disasters and acts of violence. The steps are simple and can be learned in a free, one-hour class available near you.

Stop the Bleed was launched in October of 2015 from the joint efforts of The Hartford Consensus; the American College of Surgeons; and many other national groups; after the sad loss of children at Sandy Hook. It is both a national awareness campaign and a call to action.


Since May is National Stop the Bleed month, the American College of Surgeons and Chicago Committee on Trauma have added extra public classes around the greater Chicago metropolitan region to train thousands of Chicago area citizens to go from bystander to hero. It only takes a few minutes to die from potentially preventable bleeding and in this hands-on class you can learn to save the victim's life by learning how to identify life-threatening bleeding and how to stop it until medical personnel arrive. The basics are as easy as ABC:

• Alert -- Call 9-1-1.

• Bleeding -- Locate the bleeding injury.

• Compress -- Stop bleeding by direct pressure, wound packing, or by applying a tourniquet.

Stop the Bleed classes are open to any member of the public and are scheduled all around the country. Extra classes are available in the Chicago Metro Area in May. Public classes in your community can be found at bleedingcontrol.org or by emailing StoptheBleedChicago@gmail.com. Stop the Bleed Chicago can direct you to a public class or can organize a private class at your location.

For additional information please contact:

Amy Stewart, MD, FACS

Vice Chair Chicago Committee on Trauma

Chair Stop the Bleed Chicago

Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon

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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


(m) 512-736-2344

or Grace Chang, MD, FACS

Co-Chair Stop the Bleed Chicago

Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon

Mt. Saini Hospital

(m) 312-520-1205

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