May 21 Is National STOP THE BLEED® Day
May 2020 marks the second annual National STOP THE BLEED® Month, and May 21, 2020, marks the third annual National STOP THE BLEED® Day. This year, these observances will highlight the importance of STOP THE BLEED® knowledge, particularly because so many people are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although STOP THE BLEED® classes are not currently being held due to COVID-19, it is still important for you to understand how to respond when a bleeding injury occurs. Traumatic injuries are known to spike during warmer months, and injuries can still occur, even when we’re at home. There may also be longer response times from emergency personnel due to a high number of COVID-19 patients. A person will have a better chance for survival if someone near them knows how to control serious bleeding.
Knowing how to use your hands, or something from home such as a t-shirt or towel, to apply pressure to a bleeding wound, how to pack a wound to control bleeding, and how to correctly apply a tourniquet can empower you to save a life. With a public that is empowered to STOP THE BLEED®, we can help each other by recognizing life-threatening bleeding and knowing how to intervene to reduce a preventable death from injury.