When life-threatening bleeding occurs as a result of everyday emergencies, human causes, or natural disasters, one fact remains: controlling heavy bleeding can help save a life.
Virginia Tech Emergency Management (VTEM) recognizes the value of providing potentially life-saving training and equipment to the Virginia Tech community. To meet this need, we are pleased to provide the Stop the Bleed program to the Blacksburg campus (satellite facilities wishing to participate can contact our office for more information).
What is Stop the Bleed?
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign launched in October 2015 by the White House. It is intended to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives through awareness of basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding.
The success of the program is founded in the recognition that bystanders will always be the first on scene and can provide immediate, life-saving aid when appropriately trained.
Who should be trained?
Bleeding Control (B-Con) training is not required before using a Stop the Bleed kit. However, the university community is strongly encouraged to participate in the training.
B-Con is a two-hour course provided by VTEM that is designed for individuals who have little to no medical training and includes:
- B-Con information
- Hands-On Tourniquet and Wound Management
- Program Review and Summary
The Virginia Tech Stop the Bleed program follows the B-Con curriculum from the American College of Surgeons.
Anyone in the campus community can register for this free training by visiting our registration site to see available dates and times.
Where are Stop the Bleed kits located?
Kits are clearly marked with a "Stop the Bleed Kit Located Inside" sticker.
The kits include items such as a tourniquet, gauze, gloves, shears, and just-in-time instructions.