• First Aid for Severe Trauma™ (FAST™)

    A person can die from severe blood loss in less than 5 minutes. Would your students know what to do if faced with a life-threatening bleeding emergency?

    Enter First Aid for Severe Trauma (FAST), a new national STOP THE BLEED® course from the American Red Cross. While FAST is available for anyone, the course and digital materials will be offered at no charge to high school students under the age of 19.

    Click on the section titles below to learn more about this lifesaving course.

    Section 1: About First Aid for Severe Trauma

    Section 2: Teaching the FAST Course

    Section 3: Get More Information

    Bleeding Control Education for High School Students

    FAST is the first national STOP THE BLEED® course designed specifically for high school students.

    It was developed with input, feedback and testing from teachers and students through a collaboration between the American Red Cross and the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health.

    Thanks to grant support from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the course and digital materials will be offered at no charge to high school students under the age of 19.

    FAST Course Content

    You can save a life: Preparing for bleeding emergencies; recognizing that a bleeding emergency exists; emergency action steps; deciding to act in an emergency.

    Safety in emergency situations: Keeping yourself safe in an emergency; helping others to safety; violent situations.

    Communicating in emergency situations: Communication basics; communicating with others at the scene; communicating with the emergency dispatcher.

    Caring for a person with life-threatening bleeding: Using pressure to stop bleeding; applying direct pressure; using a tourniquet; after the bleeding stops.

    FAST Classroom Kit

    An in-person psychomotor skills session is necessary to build the muscle memory required to finalize a student’s training. Students will need to practice using both direct pressure and a tourniquet on a lifelike replica of a limb.

    The Red Cross has built a FAST Classroom Kit containing the following elements and suitable for up to 24 students. While a final price has not yet been determined, it will retail for under $700 per kit.

    • 6 tourniquet arm trainers

    • 6 tourniquets

    • 1 First Aid for Severe Trauma Instructor’s Manual

    • 1 First Aid for Severe Trauma DVD

    • 24 First Aid for Severe Trauma Ready Reference Cards

    Course Specifications


    DURATION

    135 minutes total.

    Instructor-Led

    135-minute course consists of instruction and skills- and scenario-based learning.

    Blended Learning

    90-minute online portion may be given as homework; 45 minutes in the classroom for skills- and scenario-based learning.

    AGE RANGE

    FAST was designed for high school students; however, students from middle school upwards and adults can take the course and benefit from the course material.

    STUDENT TO INSTRUCTOR RATIO

    One instructor may teach up to 24 students in one class.

    PRICING

    Curriculum offered at no charge to high school students under the age of 19.

    Digital materials (instructor manual, participant handbook, ready reference cards) available as free downloads.

    Course videos available at no cost for downloading, streaming or embedded within the course presentation, and a DVD will be available through the Red Cross Store and in the Classroom Kit for a fee.

    Training supplies (tourniquet arm trainers and tourniquets) for skills- and scenario-based learning required. Classroom kits will be available through the Red Cross Store.

    Bleeding Control Education for High School Students


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    American Red Cross

    National-Center-Disaster-Medicine-Public-Health

    National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

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    Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

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    U.S. Department of Defense, STOP THE BLEED® Program


    Become an Instructor

    In addition to a full instructor course, the new FAST program will have two training options for current instructors.

    • The Instructor Bridge is for individuals who are current, certified instructors from the Red Cross or other approved training agencies who have been trained in the use of tourniquets.

    • The Instructor Crossover with Skills Session is for individuals who are current, certified Red Cross instructors or instructors with other approved training agencies but have not been trained in the use of tourniquets.

    More details will be released in the coming months including release date, instructor information, and bridge details.

    Add FAST to Your School’s Curriculum

    The FAST program will be available on August 19, 2021. Your school will need to become a Red Cross training provider in order to access our Learning Management System and add this program to your school’s curriculum. Complete the web form below and information about becoming a Red Cross training provider for the FAST program will be sent to you.


    Teach FAST in Your Community

    The FAST program will be available on August 19, 2021. While the course and digital materials will be provided without charge to high school students under the age of 19 thanks to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, there will be a charge for classes taught to others. Complete the web form below and information about becoming a Red Cross training provider for the FAST program will be sent to you.


    Learning Options Until FAST Launches

    Interested in learning about bleeding control now? The Red Cross offers two options:

    First Aid for Severe Bleeding Online: This online course ($30) takes only 30 minutes to complete.

    First Aid Training: This certification course teaches many skills that you’ll need to be prepared in an emergency, including how to respond to a traumatic injury such as life-threatening bleeding. Be sure to ask for the optional module called Using a Tourniquet.


    Get More Information

    These downloadable materials provide information about the course, which can be taught as a required class or an elective.

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