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Stop the Bleed® traces its origins to the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, CT, on December 2012. A few months later, a concerned local trauma surgeon and Regent of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, FACS, requested to review victims’ autopsy records. Results showed that the victims died from severe bleeding. Severe bleeding, that if controlled, could have probably kept them from going into shock until emergency help arrived on the scene.

This knowledge led trauma surgeons from the American College of Surgeons to form a group with other experts in the fields of emergency medical care, government, and law enforcement to discuss the matter. The group met several times and developed expert recommendations on how to improve the rate of survival for people with severe bleeding. Because two of these early meetings were held in Hartford, their recommendations became known as the Hartford Consensus.

The ACS Committee on Trauma first publicly introduced bleeding control training courses for its members in October 2016, and since then hundreds of other medical professionals have trained to become course instructors. Today, those instructors are focused on training people in all walks of life to become immediate responders through the Stop the Bleed course. As of September 2019, more than 1 million people around the world have been trained to save a life through the ACS Stop the Bleed program.

Tundra Medical Resources first brought this course to Yukoners in 2019. Since then, outdoor enthusiasts have eagerly filled our classes to learn the skills to stop severe bleeding. This course is suitable to all ages and abilities.

This 1-hour course offers instruction on the use of tourniquets, packing gauze and pressure dressings. Using evidence-based science to debunk some well-known first aid myths, this course is ideal for:

  • backcountry enthusiasts

  • anyone who uses chain saws, axes, knives, etc.

  • tradesmen, especially those who use power tools

  • law enforcement, conservation & safety officers

  • hunters & trappers

  • farmers

  • firearms enthusiasts

  • athletes - skiers, skaters, cyclists

  • travellers

  • health professionals

  • snowmobile/ATV/UTV users

  • motorists & watercraft operators

  • .... EVERYONE

A certification is granted at the end of the course. There is no exam.

Certifications do not expire, however "skill fade" ('the decay of ability or adeptness over a period of non-use' – in other words, it's when your skills get rusty over time) is always an issue when these skills are not practised regularly. Some studies show that skills decay in as little as six months when not used. Tundra Medical Resources suggests annual refreshers for those who are not called on to put their skills to use regularly.

Book a course for your group of up to 20 learners by sending us an email (here). Course fees are $40 per person. Special rates may be available for charitable organizations and non-profit groups. We will happily accommodate larger groups by running consecutive classes.

The Stop the Bleed® course is produced in collaboration with and endorsed by:

STOP THE BLEED® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency. All rights reserved. © DoD.

The American College of Surgeons’ STOP THE BLEED® program is operated pursuant to a licensing agreement granted it by the Department of Defense.