Bleeding Control Training For Laypeople

May 15, 2018 0 Comments

Bleeding Control Training For Laypeople

A recent study published in the JAMA Surgery concluded that in-person hemorrhage control training is the most beneficial for laypeople


Eric Goralnick, M.D., and his colleagues conducted a trail involving 465 laypersons to determine the effectiveness of in-person training methods. Laypeople were separated into 4 different groups to assess correct tourniquet application that included the following groups:


  1. Audio Kits
  2. Flashcards
  3. Bleeding Control Course
  4. Control Group



Researchers concluded that the group that took part in a bleeding control course had superior outcomes for laypeople using proper bleeding control techniques and tools such as applying a tourniquet (See Chart Below).


Laypeople Groups:

TQ Application Success

Audio Kits




Bleeding Control Course






Furthermore, follow-up assessments at 3 and 9 months showed that 54.5% of the 303 laypeople were still able to apply a tourniquet correctly.


Other interesting conclusions reached were that age was a factor in successful tourniquet application. Adults aged 18 to 35 years old and 35 to 55 years old were found to be the most effective with tourniquet application. Adults aged >55 had a lower success rate with tourniquet application.




In-person bleeding control training is the most effective means to teach laypeople how to properly control hemorrhaging.