The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

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

UtVäg B – Development of Guidelines for Basic Bleeding Control

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.

The project aims to enhance the resilience and capacity of the Swedish society to handle serious incidents, by developing the capacity of the public to perform life saving first aid actions when faced with incidents that cause massive bleeding. The project aims to explore various human factors related-issues (e.g. training effectiveness, instruction design) for bleeding control techniques.

The project will also study how a new type of tourniquet should be developed, especially to guide untrained laypersons to secure bleeding control, similar to how fully or semi-automatic defibrillators guide the user in how to act in the case of cardiac arrest.

The project will improve knowledge on the specific challenges that untrained laypersons face in dramatic situations where life-threatening injuries occur, and what is required of laypersons to be able to successfully contribute to accurate bleeding control.