2017 Trauma Awareness Month

The Society of Trauma nurses, in collaboration with the American Trauma Society, is once again pleased to present National Trauma Awareness Month.  This May, National Trauma Awareness Month celebrates its 29th anniversary supporting efforts to StopTheBleedStopTheBleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.  Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers.  Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person.

We hope the campaign and its materials will continue to draw attention to these issues and invoke change by the community.  The ATS has posted this year’s campaign materials electronically for your use, not only for May, but also in the months thereafter.

We also encourage trauma centers to have a “trauma survivors’ day” to reunite patients and families who have been served by the trauma center. Visit the TSN web site for the materials to plan the celebration. Click on “Get Involved”, and then National Trauma Survivors Day.
We urge you to start planning activities and make this year’s celebration the best one yet! 


General Resources 
Stop The Bleed Program
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Stop The Bleed Website

Hartford Consensus 
The Hartford Consensus IV: A Call for Increased National Resilience
The Hartford Consensus III: Implementation of Bleeding Control
Active Shooter and Intentional Mass-Casualty Events: The Hartford Consensus II
Improving Survival from Active Shooter Events: The Hartford Consensus
Compendium of Strategies to Enhance Victims’ Survivability from Mass Casualty Events

General Information / Articles of Interest / Research
What the White House's Stop the Bleed Campaign Means for EMS (JEMS)
How the University of Georgia Embraces ‘Stop the Bleed’ (Campus Safety)
In Chicago, Witnesses to Violence Turn to First Aid to Save Lives (ABC News)
Public use of tourniquets, bleeding control kits (EMS1)
Public Access Bleeding Control - An Implementation Strategy (National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI))
Tourniquets in Field Management of Active Bleeding (JEMS)
Better Training, Tourniquets And Techniques Since 9/11 Are Saving Lives (Kaiser Health News)
How to Use a Tourniquet (Mass General Hospital)
Fighting Terrorism With Tourniquets (The Atlantic)

Posters / Marketing Materials
Stop the Bleed InfoGraphic (ACS)
Stop the Bleed InfoGraphic (DHS)
Stop The Bleed Instructional Poster
The Basics of Bleeding Control
Save a Life Flowchart
How to Stop Bleeding

Training Materials
Stop The Bleed Bleeding Control Kits and Training Kits Find a B-Con Training Course Teaching B-Con B-Con Instructor Information and Criteria

Social Media Resources 
Stop the Bleed Logo
Who Can Respond and Control Bleeding?

"The Cast of 'Code Black' on Stop The Bleed" (CBS)
"How to Use a Tourniquet" (American College of Surgeons)
"Improving Survivability" (American College of Surgeons)
"How To Apply A Tourniquet" (Mass General Hospital)
"Stop the Bleed - Basic Skills to Help Save a Life" (Pitt County Government)
"Stop The Bleed Training Introduction" (Center for Advanced Learning Solutions)
"Woodshop Class Accident Simulation" (SSI Guardian)
"Sales of counterfeit tourniquets prompts safety alert" (CBS News)
"A Perfect Stranger" (FEMA)

Trauma Awareness / Trauma Survivors Day (Wednesday, May 17th)
Tool Kit for Trauma Awareness Ceremony
Trauma Awareness Ceremony Checklist
Trauma Awareness Generic Ceremony Brochure
Trauma Nurse Excellence Award Letter
Sample Flyer
How to Invite and Host Legislators or Policymakers
How to Participate in Trauma Survivors Day