Ukraine to hold mass first aid training during first Stop The Bleed Day commemoration

25 May, 04:13 PM
Stop The Bleed Day (Photo:PULSE | FAST)

Stop The Bleed Day (Photo:PULSE | FAST)

Ukraine will mark Stop The Bleed Day for the first time on May 25. Representatives of about 100 international and Ukrainian companies will simultaneously take part in online training on stopping bleeding – the largest training of this type in Ukraine, aimed at teaching around 1,000 people critical first aid skills to help save lives in an emergency.

The Stop The Bleed campaign was initiated by the American College of Surgeons in 2014, with the goal of educating more than 200 million people around the world on how to stop bleeding. The United Kingdom, Israel, Germany, and international partners such as the International Association of Firefighters and the International Association of Chiefs of Police have already joined the May 25 Stop The Bleed Day celebration, which originated in the United States.

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In Ukraine, the training will be conducted by NGO First Aid Special Training (FAST). The project’s partners include the PULSE – Pre-hospital focused Ukrainian Life Saving Effort charitable organization, which provides free training for military personnel, the Together for Ukraine charitable foundation, which donated 1,000 tourniquets for training, as well as, the American Chamber of Commerce, and UNIT.City. Companies such as DTEK, Uklon, Nova Poshta, Foxtrot, Ukrgasbank, SE Medical Procurement, and others will also join the training.

“The United States took care of the victims of road accidents, industrial injuries, terrorist attacks and shootings,” said FAST co-founder Fedir Serdiuk.

“Ukraine has a different context, which makes first aid even more relevant: the fiercest war in 80 years, constant shelling, mine danger for decades. To implement Stop The Bleed Day at the national level is ‘what the doctor ordered’ for us. We’re moving towards this step by step. This year, we’re bringing together responsible businesses to learn and declare the principle: the ability to act overcomes fear and uncertainty.”

The training’s organizers and participants plan to set a national record and record the largest online training on stopping bleeding.


In addition, the campaign is aimed at supporting the military. All tourniquets that will be used during the training will be immediately donated to the PULSE charitable organization, which teaches Ukrainian soldiers tactical medicine for free. A total of 1,000 tourniquets will provide practice for more than 6,000 military personnel.

According to North American Rescue, 35% of all prehospital traumatic deaths are caused by bleeding. Massive bleeding can kill a person in three or five minutes. Considering that the average arrival time of an ambulance in Ukraine is up to 20 minutes, the actions of an bystanders are sometimes the only chance a victim has to survive.

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