Stop the Bleed

Knowing how to control bleeding from a serious injury is important knowledge for everyone to have. This simple training can be taken in-person or online and can save a life. In fact, UMB Deputy Director of Emergency Management, Christopher Stanton, MS, used his Stop the Bleed training to save a gunshot victim! Read the story.


The Stop the Bleed course teaches individuals how to provide vital initial actions to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. The Bleeding Control Basics course gives participants the necessary tools to become an empowered initial responder.

Online Training

The Stop the Bleed Interactive Course is a 25-minute online lecture presentation. This video goes through three methods of bleeding control using video demonstrations, interactive learning, and spontaneous quizzes. The course is free and can be taken multiple times.

In-Person Training

In-person Stop the Bleed training is offered at the University of Maryland Medical Center, located at 22 South Greene Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201. Participants will learn proper bleeding control techniques using their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. The course is free, but registration is required. Learn more and register.

Additional off-campus courses can be found through the national Stop the Bleed campaign website

Training Topics

During Stop the Bleed training, participants will learn how to:

  • Determine if an area is safe for you to proceed toward a victim to provide assistance
  • Identify any nearby tools to assist you such as a publicly placed bleeding control kit or everyday items that can be used to control bleeding.
  • Use your hands to apply direct pressure at the site of the wound to stop bleeding
  • Pack a deep wound with cloth or gauze to control bleeding
  • Correctly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb to stop bleeding
  • Keep the victim calm until help arrives

What's in the Kit?

Stop the Bleed kits are located across UMB. The kits include the items necessary to control serious bleeding and prevent further blood loss for a victim suffering from a traumatic injury.

Large Stop the Bleed kits are mounted on the wall and include 8 individual bleeding control kits. These kits include:

  • Instructional booklet
  • Tourniquet
  • 6" Emergency Trauma Dressing
  • Wound Packing Gauze
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Trauma Shears
  • Permanent Marker
  • PVC Bleeding Control Patch

Large Stop the Bleed Kit (wall mounted)

Stop the Bleed Kit

Individual Stop the Bleed Kit (located inside large kit)

Stop the Bleed Kit

Individual Stop the Bleed Kit contents

Stop the Bleed Kit