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How to make a Stop the Bleeding Kit!

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

Building a "STOP the Bleeding" Trauma Kit!

By Tim O’Neill

Save a life ( It may be your own) by learning how to stop or mitigate Arterial and Severe Venal Bleeding!

Motto - Save a Life - Change Your Life

The life you save may be your own or a loved one!

The average commercial Bleeding Trauma Kit costs between $60 to $150.

Easy to build one for your Family and Donate one to your Local First Responders!

My goal for 2020 is to build, donate and train over 500 First Responders!

I will report my final number but it looks like I will exceed 600 Units donated!

Thanks to all my Friends and Supporters.

Next Year 1000+ is my goal for Georgia and to get other citizens to take up the challenge to Save lives in their City and State!

If you wish to help here is my GoFundMe information

Change your life - help First Responders Save lives!

Make one or more of the Kits and donate to your local First Responders!

plus keep one for your emergencies!

#1 Goal - To stop Arterial Bleeding FIRST!

Saving a Life is easy if you are prepared!

Trauma Aid to keep a victim alive until EMS can get to scene!

Arterial injuries can lead to death quickly!

up to 200,000+ people die each year from hemorrhagic/ hypovolemic shock!

Another 30,000+ have traumatic amputations and ~40+% die before they enter the EMS system!

The EMS "Golden Hour" starts when the victim enters emergency care but the victim MUST have enough blood to carry oxygen to the Heart, Brain and Core to survive - That is why Stopping Bleeding whether Arterial or severe Venal is so IMPORTANT !

Call 911!

1) - Stop Arterial Bleeding with Tourniquet

2) - Check for and treat lung penetrations

3) - Stop major Venal Bleeding

4) - Start Cardiac Resuscitation if no heartbeat

Once you have done all the above

- Do Not Remove Anything - Bandages, Tourniquet, Chest Wound Closure!


- Await the EMS Teams.

Injuries that can cause one to bleed to death include:

· gunshot wounds #1

· crush or traumatic amputation of extremity from car accidents..etc

· stab or puncture wounds

· deep cuts or lacerations

Depending on the artery, some arteries like the Dorsalis Pedis (foot) Artery you'll have a few minutes, but with the Femoral (Leg) , Brachial (Arm) or Carotid (Neck) Artery, one can bleed out fast and lose consciousness in less than a minute and completely bleed out in less than 5 minutes!

Remember the adult heart pumps blood at several liters per minute at high pressure (up to 4 PSI) and an adult has about 4 or 5 liters of blood.

- A loss of 15 +% blood volume loss the mean arterial and pulse pressures fall and heart rate increases resulting in more blood loss and shock.

- A loss of greater than 40% is life threatening and CPR may be needed on top of stopping the bleeding.

Arterial bleeding is easy to recognize – Bright red blood gushing out following the heart pulse. Venial bleeding is more of an oozing and darker in color.

Basic Steps to stop or mitigate Arterial bleeding -

- Application of Tourniquet to stop Arterial Bleeding (Arterial Wounds Only)

- Direct Pressure on other wounds and Elevation of the extremity

Learn how to save a life from arterial bleeding and learn CPR !



A "Stop the Bleed" Kit -

Mollie Pouch - Orange for High Visibility

Red ChemLight - To see wound and to mark the victim for EMS rescue!

EMS Shear - To get access to the wound

Tourniquet - To stop Arterial Bleeding (only)

Two 4 inch Military Field Dressing -

4X4 gauze sponges - non woven about 1" thick

Plastic zip lock bag – Protect Gauze above and can be used to mitigate a sucking Chest Wound along with or without Vaseline gauze,

Vaseline Gauze X 2 for sucking chest wound closure

Self-Adhesive Elastic Bandage Gauze Wrap 3"x 5 yards

Thermal Mylar Emergency Blanket

If you wish to help here is my Go Fund information

Save a Life - Change your life FOREVER!

Need more information -

Get Training - Stop the Bleed Team -

Learn CPR - Check with your local Red Cross!



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