Bringing bleeding control to the public
Based on the results of the survey, the ACS and other
contributors to the Hartford Consensus determined
that now is the time to train the public to be immediate responders at mass casualty events.
The ACS designed and implemented a website,
bleedingcontrol.org, which contains a compendium of
the four Hartford Consensus documents, including
Barack Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive that
addresses national preparedness and resilience, among
other resources (see Figure 1, this page).
government agencies, including the U.S. military, the
Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Security
Council, provided guidance to the consensus findings.
Bleedingcontrol.org also includes a list of Hartford Consensus partners.
In addition, the site serves as a comprehen-
sive repository of bleeding control resources. Free
educational materials such as videos, diagrams, and
an instruction booklet are accessible from this website.
A list of bleeding control classes offered throughout
the country is available on the website, along with
Bleedingcontrol.org has an online store where bleeding control kits, wall-mounted stations for public places,
and training materials and mannequins for practicing
the techniques are available for purchase. The bleeding
control kits contain an instruction booklet; a tourniquet; bandages, including hemostatic dressings; and
protective gloves. All equipment in the kits meets the
highest military-grade standard, and the U.S. Armed
Forces have tested and deployed this equipment with
Because the kit meets the military’s high standards,
the U.S. Department of Defense has authorized the
ACS through a licensing agreement to co-brand the
equipment. All the kits now bear the logos of the Stop
the Bleed campaign, the ACS, the Hartford Consensus,
and the ACS Committee on Trauma, which oversees