An app designed to instruct users how to stop bleeding in emergency situations is available for free download from the Uniformed Services University’s National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, officials announced Thursday.
“Knowing what to do to save a life in the aftermath of a mass trauma event–natural disaster, vehicle accident or violent attack–is now right at the touch of a button,” according to a statement from the NCDMPH.
Available for iPhone and Android users, the “Stop the Bleed” app is based on “important lessons learned on the battlefield and a decade of research by the military,” according to the statement.
The app provides instant access to instruction on differentiating life-threatening bleeding from nonlife threatening bleeding, and how to apply tourniquets.
“In an actual emergency, bystanders can open the app for step-by-step instruction on how to help–there’s even an audio version so they can freely use their hands while helping another individual who may be bleeding profusely,” according to the statement.
The app also features tutorial videos on how to correctly apply tourniquets, as well as other useful resources.
To download the app on a mobile device or tablet, visit:
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