Just like having a publically accessible AED and First Aid kit can help save lives, so can the right Stop the Bleed© kit. Stop the Bleed© bleeding control kits are an important addition to workplace and public access emergency readiness programs. For households or farmsteads in rural, remote, or hard-to-reach locations, they make great additions to personal-use emergency kits.

What’s the difference between a Stop the Bleed© kid and a first aid kit? Find out here!

Why Choosing the Right Stop the Bleed Kit is So Important

Did you know that victims of severe bleeding can die within 5-10 minutes and that in 2019 there were more than 400 mass shootings in the United States? Or, that in 2018, 39,404 people died in motor vehicle crashes and that more than 5,000 fatal injuries would be reported in the workplace?

Get this: according to the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, approximately 5 million people die every year around the world from accidental and non-accidental trauma. And trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans 45 and younger and it’s the fourth leading cause of death overall for all ages. 

Shockingly, ABC News found that as many as one in five trauma victims may die needlessly. 

Why is choosing the right Stop the Bleed© kit so important? Because bleeding control kits save lives.

What’s in a Stop the Bleed Kit?

Bleeding control kits like the Curaplex Stop the Bleed© Kit are designed to provide the user — either emergency responders or civilians — with immediate access to life-saving products that can control bleeding and traumatic hemorrhaging.

What’s in a Basic Stop the Bleed© Kit (and how to use it)

Permanent marker: Help first responders and ER doctors by noting the time the tourniquet was applied.

Gloves offer the wearer and the victim protection from infection and bloodborne pathogens. 

Trauma shears help rescuers access the site of injury quickly and cleanly.

Tourniquets are perhaps the most important component of a bleeding control kit and, when properly applied, help stem arterial bleeding in extremities.  

Compressed gauze dressing enables rescuers to pack wounds and slow bleeding.

Emergency bandage helps to hold dressings in place to stem bleeding.

Intermediate and advanced kits typically include chest seals to treat sucking chest wounds and QuikClot dressings — which are treated with hemostatic agents for improved performance.

Finding the Right Stop the Bleed Kit?

There are three different types of Stop the Bleed© kits: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Each vacuum-sealed and tamper-proof kit contains:

Basic Curaplex Stop the Bleed©® Kit*: 

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 C-A-T® tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 7.5″
  • 2 Rolls of primed, compressed gauze dressing

Intermediate Curaplex Stop the Bleed©® Kit*:

  • 1 Permanent marker
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 C-A-T® tourniquet
  • 1 Emergency bandage
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 7.5″
  • 1 Roll of primed, compressed gauze dressing
  • 1 Pack of H*VENT chest seals (2/pk)

Advanced Curaplex Stop the Bleed©® Kit*:

  • 1 Permanent marker 
  • 2 Pair of gloves, latex-free, LG
  • 1 SWAT-T Tourniquet (Orange)
  • 1 QuikClot bleeding control dressing, Roll (3″x 4′)
  • 1 H*Vent vented chest seal, two-pack
  • 1 Emergency bandage 4″
  • 1 Pair of trauma shears, 5.5″
  • 1 S-Folded primed, compressed gauze dressing

*Contents may vary depending on kit model

For more information on Stop the Bleed© kits and to find the bleeding control kit that’s right for you, visit our website or download our free Bleeding Control Resource Guide.

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