Stop the Bleed

As a part of the national “Stop the Bleed” initiative, the University of Georgia Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) established a “Stop the Bleed” program in 2015. “Stop the Bleed” is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals, with training and access to bleeding control kits, to act quickly to save lives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. You can be an active participant in saving the life of a friend, a co-worker, a family member or a stranger.

Bleeding control kits are contained in each automated external defibrillator (AED) cabinet on all UGA campuses. In addition, bleeding control kits have been placed on campus buses, boats, farm / agricultural sites and other unique locations for quick access.

Campus AED cabinets that contain a bleeding control kit will be marked on the outside of the cabinet with a sticker indicating that a “Stop the Bleed” kit is located inside the cabinet. Each kit contains non-expiring items including a CAT tourniquet, an emergency trauma dressing, compressed gauze, 2 pairs of gloves, an emergency blanket, a gauze pad, trauma shears, a marker and an instruction card.

OEP frequently offers a 1.5 hour bleeding control class (B-Con) for interested students, faculty and staff in the campus community. For more information on upcoming B-Con classes and/or the “Stop the Bleed” campus program, email [email protected] or call 706.542.5845.

More information on the national “Stop the Bleed” initiative can be found at
University of Georgia Bleeding Control Kit Guidelines

Suggestions for a Basic Bleeding Control Kit for Personal Use

Bleeding control kit

Are you ready as a bystander to provide assistance for someone with a life-threatening bleeding emergency? Remember, the victim can be a family member, a friend, a co-worker, a stranger or you. Although there are many different opinions on what should be included in a basic bleeding control kit, the suggestions listed below are intended to provide an individual with a good start.
Bleeding control kits can be useful when carried in your vehicle, taken on outdoor excursions, at work or on your person as a kit that you carry each day. Bleeding control kits are not necessarily intended to be first aid kits for minor medical emergencies; however, you may customize your kit based on your activity or intended environment.
Please consider taking a bleeding control (B-Con) class in order to know how to utilize the kit contents. These kit suggestions are intended to be a basic kit for individuals who have basic first aid and/or bleeding control training.

  • Trauma shears (EMT scissors), to expose areas of injury quickly
  • Tourniquet to control life-threatening bleeding (SOF-T, CAT, Recon Medical, SAM XT, or SWAT-T)
  • Small black marker (to indicate tourniquet application time)
  • Hemostatic gauze, pad or clotting sponge (QuickClot, Celox or ChitoSAM – be aware of expiration dates)
  • 6 inch Emergency Trauma Dressing (also known as an Israeli bandage), to provide compression
  • Gauze pad dressing
  • Triangle bandage (can be used as an arm splint, tourniquet or bandage)
  • Roller gauze 6 inch sterile dressings
  • ABD pad 5 x 9 inch sterile dressings
  • Emergency Mylar blanket 84 x 54 inches, for shock
  • Cloth medical tape roll or small roll / flat pack of duct tape – to fasten dressings in place
  • Several pairs of Nitrile gloves (non-latex)
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Emergency whistle
  • CPR mask

Sample Bleeding Control Kits Available for Online Purchase
Recon Medical Trauma Kit
Adventure Medical Kits Trauma Pak with Quickclot
Rescue Essentials Patrol Officer’s Pocket Trauma Kit
North American Rescue Individual Bleeding Control Kit (Item #85-1563)
ResQue1st Trauma Kit
Tactical Medical Solutions Bleeding Control Kit
SAM Medical Bleeding Control Kit

Emergency Preparedness is Everyone’s Responsibility