Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate,
frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many
situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the
scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching
the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency
situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding
control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower
the 300+million citizens of the United States.