Stop the Bleed

“Stop the Bleed” is a national campaign to educate people on how to save lives if people are severely bleeding. The Kelly Brush Foundation has partnered with the Davis family and the national Stop the Bleed movement to provide “Stop the Bleed” training to coaches, athletes, officials and volunteers in the ski racing community and distribute life-saving bleeding control kits to alpine ski programs around the country.

Stop the Bleed Demonstrations

For an overview, please watch our recorded Stop the Bleed Demonstration at the link below. Participants will be shown how to deploy a bleeding control kit in the event of an on-hill laceration, but the session will not result in any certification for participants.  A variety of other organizations offer trainings–these include the American Red Cross and American College of Surgeons.



Bleeding Control Kits

Stop the Bleed Kits provide the necessary first aid supplies to administer bleeding control as quickly as possible after a laceration.

Stop the Bleed Kits can be purchased at cost through our website.  Click here to order yours today!

3000+ Bleed Kits Distributed

200+ Instructions Conducted

2500+ People Trained

Frequently Asked Questions

What is "Stop the Bleed"?

Stop the Bleed is a national initiative of the American College of Surgeons. Their goal is to train more than 200 million people to prepare the public to save lives if people nearby are severely bleeding. You can learn more here.

What is a Stop the Bleed training?

A “Stop the Bleed” training is a brief instructional session on the proper use of a tourniquet and other actions to take in the event of a severe laceration. For more information on what a Stop the Bleed training entails, see the national Stop the Bleed training website here.

What is included in a Bleeding Control Kit?

A Bleeding Control Kit includes:

  • tourniquet (plus brief instructions)
  • compressed gauze
  • 2 rolled bandages
  • gloves
  • scissors
  • sharpie

Where do these Bleeding Control Kits come from?

The supplies are sourced through reputable medical supply companies and then assembled into kits by members of the KBF community.

These are all responsive measures, what about prevention?

While it’s obvious these injuries are becoming more common, the cause is less obvious. Potential causes include equipment changes as well as changes in tuning practices.

There are also attempts to manufacture cut resistant apparel, but nothing has come to market that will prevent these injuries. Short of full kevlar or metal clothing, nothing will ever be “cut proof”. The challenge in the ski racing world is that as apparel becomes more effectively “cut resistant”, it also restricts movement, especially in the areas that are most prone to severe bleeding (inner groin, back of the knee, etc.).

For an explanation on cut resistant levels, you can refer to this link which discusses the ANSI cut resistance levels as they relate to industrial work apparel.