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Save lives, stop the bleed

Watch the U's dramatization of “Stop the Bleed,” and learn about new kits on campus and what to do should tragedy ever strike.

Stop the Bleed kits include:

  • Gloves
  • Chest seals
  • Tourniquets
  • Compressed gauze
  • Instructions for stopping the bleed

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No one should die from uncontrolled bleeding. Whether the cause is a mass shooting, intentional harm or an accident, uncontrolled bleeding is the number one cause of preventable death from trauma. So, the University of Utah is doing something about it.

The Department of Public Safety’ Division of Emergency Management and the trauma program at the University of Utah Health are working together to create an educational campaign and deploy kits throughout campus to “Stop the Bleed.”

“The intention of these kits is to empower students, faculty and staff to assist somebody who is injured,” said Jeff Graviet, director of Emergency Management. “We are among the first of colleges and universities in the nation to deploy Stop the Bleed kits throughout campus.”

Co-located with the university’s 206 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) across campus, these kits will aid in saving a life in an emergency situation.

Be sure to watch the educational video below. The reenactment that unfolds depicts a traumatic scenario that has taken place all too often at schools across the nation and globe. Knowing what to expect could help save a life.

“All citizens should learn how to stop bleeding in an emergency,” is the number one recommendation from the Hartford Consensus. The Consensus is a joint committee of medical groups, the military, the National Security Council, Homeland Security, the FBI, law enforcement, fire rescue and EMS that was formed in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in 2012. This Stop the Bleed campaign is a direct result from that event and recommendations made in 2013.

Additional AED units and Stop the Bleed kits are coming online across campus as new construction projects are completed. These kits will help prevent death from uncontrolled bleeding due to accidental or intentional trauma.

Familiarize yourself with the location of your building’s AED. It may just save a life.

To find answers to frequently asked questions, click here.