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9 solutions to help you Stop the Bleed

Stock up on these bleeding control products and be ready to respond to emergency trauma both on and off duty

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By EMS1 Staff

As part of National Stop the Bleed Month, May 23 is also Stop the Bleed Day, aimed at educating communities on how to administer bleeding control tactics in an emergency.

“The American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED program arms people with the knowledge and technical abilities to truly make a difference in a person’s life if a bleeding emergency occurs,” Dr. Kenji Inaba, chair of the STOP THE BLEED Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma, said. “I think that realization is a profoundly positive and empowering experience for everyone who takes the course.”

Ensure you have these essential products on hand so you’re always ready to step in and stop blood loss in an emergency and share with your community members.

All-in-one bleeding control kits

These kits offer everything you need to help stop blood loss and stabilize patients in the field.

  • Licensed by the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Includes: tourniquet, bandage, gauze, shears, marker and instructions.
  • Licensed by the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Includes: a chest seal, tourniquet, bandage, gauze, gloves, shears, marker and instructions


Though tourniquets are a simple tool, it’s important to use quality tourniquets from reputable manufacturers, to ensure patient safety.

  • 36" each
  • One-handed operation


A fundamental part of wound care, use a quality, cotton gauze when treating patients with blood loss.

  • 4" wide x 4.1 yards
  • 24 pack

Quick-clotting gauze

Certain situations call for elevated measures; these quick-clotting gauze options transition to gel to seal the wound and stop the bleeding more quickly.

  • Military-grade
  • Uses kaolin to accelerate the body’s natural clotting process
  • 1"x1"
  • Gauze turns into gel to seal wound

Take a class for in-depth training

For a more complete instruction on bleeding control tactics, consider taking a licensed Stop the Bleed course. Check the official American College of Surgeons STOP THE BLEED site to find a list of bleeding control trainers in your area.