White House initiative brings focus to addressing
bleeding at accidents and mass casualty events.
Key Skill: Apply firm pressure. Don’t let go. Use a tourniquet if needed.
Apply firm direct pressure to the wound using a dressing (e.g. medical gauze or a towel). If the bleeding doesn’t stop, apply additional dressings (don’t remove the old one) and press harder.
Call 911 if the bleeding is severe or won’t stop.
Apply a tourniquet. A tourniquet can be made from a belt or a strip of cloth at least 1.5” – 2” wide. Use a stick or something similar to tighten the tourniquet.