The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Stop the Bleed

The research effort “Stop the Bleed” includes several research projects that all aim to improve society’s response to traumatic bleedings.

Several projects are ongoing within the area and are performed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Uniformed Services University, National Center for Disaster Medicine & Public Health and Harvard in the US.

Developing an Educational Concept for Prehospital Bleeding Control

The project will create a standardized national curriculum for teaching prehospital bleeding control techniques to rescue service workers. The educational training concept is based on Stop the Bleed but is adjusted to Swedish conditions concerning the chain of response to incidents. Similar work is being performed to develop a similar concept for the Swedish police, in collaboration with CARER (Center for Advanced Research in Emergency Response).

A pilot training session has been developed and validated. The results indicate good quality: The participants from Swedish rescue services were able to demonstrate both theoretical knowledge and practical skills concerning bleeding control after finishing the training. Validation did not lead to changes in the educational concept. The educational concept developed within the project could form the basis for a national standardized and validated training for bleeding control measures for rescue services. By extension, this can provide rescue service personnel with knowledge and skills to save lives when faced with massive bleeding.


Goralnick E, Ezeibe C, Chaudhary MA, et al.
Defining a Research Agenda for Layperson Prehospital Hemorrhage Control: A Consensus Statement. 
JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(7):e209393. Published July 6.

Strauss‐Riggs, K., Kirsch, T. D., Prytz, E., Hunt, R. C., Jonson, C., Krohmer, J., Nemeth, I., & Goolsby, C.
Recommended Process Outcome Measures for Stop the Bleed Education Programs. AEM Education and Training

Prytz, E. G., Hallbeck, S., Goolsby, C., Jonson, C., Langhelm, R., Mehta, R. K., … Wilson, D. P. First and Immediate Responders: Current Capability Needs and Research Challenges(2019) 

Lowndes et al: Preliminary Investigation of Civilian Clinician Perspectives & Just-in-Time Guidance for Tourniquet Use to “Stop the Bleed” (2019)

Lowndes et al: A Preliminary Comparison of Three Tourniquet Instructions for Just-in-Time Guidance of a Simulated Tourniquet Application (2017)

Forsyth et al: Improving Instructions to Stop the Bleed (2017)

Contact: Carl-Oscar Jonson & Erik Prytz