Stop The Bleed (Chart & Booklet)

Found this simple and helpful booklet from The American College Of Surgeons and The Committee On Trauma.  You may want to download, print and place where it can be seen, specially at work.

I clipped this chart because it is so simple. Even those with some training can develop a momentary blank under pressure:

Train, get your equipment, be ready.

4 Replies to “Stop The Bleed (Chart & Booklet)”

  1. Miguel, your booklet link is missing the “h” in the beginning http, so the link to the pdf doesn’t work unless you add it yourself.




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  2. A bunch of tips, because why not:

    1) if the tourniquet is not so painful that they are literally more worried about it than the wound itself, then it’s probably not tight enough.

    They will be asking you to take it off, or trying to tear it off. Do not take it off. Keep tightening until the bleeding stops, and tell them to screw off if they want you to loosen it. If you have to, put a second tourniquet on as well to get the bleeding to stop.

    2) WRITE THE TIME on the tourniquet, or on the person’s forehead. If you do not have a marker, write it in blood, there will be plenty of that around.

    This is CRITICAL information for the surgeon that will eventually be trying to save the person’s life/limb. They need to know how long the tourniquet has been on.

    3) Avoid bony areas (i.e. knee/elbow). The bone will protect the blood vessels that you are trying to pinch off.

    Also make sure to FEEL around where you are placing the tourniquet. It’s very easy to not realize that there’s something in a pocket or something stopping the tourniquet from being effective.

    4) For packing wounds: keep packing. Pack deep. It may take a LOT of material. That’s fine. You may need to REALLY push your finger way down in there to get it deep. That’s fine. Pack it good.

    5) When putting pressure on the wound, do NOT stop. You will be tempted to take hands off to check it or whatever. Don’t. Trust me, the wound is still there, and it’s still fcked up. Keep pressing…HARD.

    6) It doesn’t hurt to read a little training on sucking chest wounds in case of holes in the chest.

    7) Do not tourniquet a person’s neck. I wouldn’t say it if it hadn’t been attempted before. Seriously…don’t be the one.

    8) Keep talking to them. That’s how you avoid shock. Shock kills people. Literally talk about random shit. I don’t care if you’re just telling them why red is so much better of a color than blue, or about how baby poop smells. Just keep talking. Or assign someone to talk to them while you work. Do not overlook how important that is.




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