Managing Life Threatening Bleeding

The ability to control life threatening bleeding is a fundamental first aid skill that everyone should possess


Paul McFarlane

3/12/20232 min read

In today's uncertain world, it's important for members of the public to be prepared for emergency situations. One of the most critical skills to have in an emergency is the ability to control bleeding. According to the American College of Surgeons, uncontrolled bleeding is the leading cause of preventable death from trauma.

Therefore, it's important for first aid trained members of the public to carry some essential lifesaving "stop the bleed" products with them when attending public events or traveling on public transport. Here are the products we recommend that first responders should carry:

Tourniquet - A tourniquet is a device that stops bleeding by compressing the arteries and veins in the limb. Tourniquets are recommended for severe bleeding in the arms or legs that cannot be controlled by direct pressure. We suggest carrying either the SOFTT or RapidStop Tourniquet as they are both easy to use and quick to apply.

Compression Bandages - These bandages are used to apply pressure to a wound and control bleeding. They are useful for wounds that are not severe enough to require a tourniquet or haemostatic dressing. The Israeli Bandage or OLAES Trauma Dressings are well known and reliable brands that we stock on our webstore.

Haemostatic Dressing - These are specially designed dressings that contain substances that promote blood clotting. They are useful for severe bleeding that cannot be controlled by direct pressure alone. Quikclot is an example of this style of dressing.

Gloves - Gloves are an essential item for any first aid kit. They protect the person providing first aid from blood-borne pathogens and other infectious agents. Trauma

Shears - Shears are used to cut clothing and other materials away from the wound so that it can be properly assessed and treated.

When deciding which “Stop the Bleed” products to carry, it's important to consider factors such as portability, ease of use, and effectiveness. It's also important to be properly trained in their use. Responder Wear stocks a field tested and reliable lifesaving “Stop the Bleed” range. By being prepared and equipped with these essential items, first aid trained members of the public can help save lives in an emergency situation.