Latest COVID-19 Department of Defense statement regarding STOP THE BLEED® in-person training


Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, the Department of Defense recommends immediately discontinuing all in-person STOP THE BLEED® training until March 31, 2021. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time and make further recommendations. Discontinuing training will help our nation’s urgent need to maintain social distancing, limit COVID-19 spread, and decrease the burden on overtaxed hospitals; thereby preserving their ability to provide healthcare for everyone. STOP THE BLEED® remains an important priority, and we do not make this recommendation lightly. Unfortunately, the leading cause of death for people 1-44 years old will almost certainly remain trauma even after the pandemic passes. We will recommend the resumption of in-person training as soon as it is safe. In the meantime, there are many web-based options for STOP THE BLEED® education available and we encourage interested learners to use those resources.

Training for You

Receive proper training so you can be an “immediate responder” to help someone who is experiencing traumatic bleeding. Be ready to save the life of a family member, a friend, a colleague or a perfect stranger.

There are a number of qualified organizations that provide training and training resources.

American College of Surgeons

The STOP THE BLEED® Course is a class created by the American College of Surgeons and taught around the country by qualified instructors, usually at no cost. This in-person, hands-on class teaches the basics of identifying and treating life-threatening bleeding using tourniquets, wound packing and pressure dressings. It teaches what “immediate responders,” i.e., bystanders can do to stop potentially fatal bleeding before emergency responders can arrive. Search for STOP THE BLEED® classes in your area.

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Training Services offers both online and in person First Aid/Severe Bleeding classes across the country. For online only, find out more here. For in-person only, or online combined with in-person training, find out more here.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed the “You are the Help until Help Arrives” program which teaches five simple steps that may save a life. Find out more here.

The National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health

The Uniform Service University’s National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is an online resource center for STOP THE BLEED® education. It offers a short online tutorial about STOP THE BLEED® and access to further resources. Find out more here.

Train Others

American College of Surgeons – visit this page to learn how to become a certified STOP THE BLEED® instructor. New Instructor Categories just announced!

Interested in becoming an instructor of Red Cross training? Find out more here.