• First Aid for Severe Trauma™ (FAST™)

    Be The Difference

    Do you know how to respond to a severe trauma, such as life-threatening bleeding?

    First Aid for Severe Trauma™, an American Red Cross education program on severe injuries, provides training in how to:

    • Recognize and stop a life-threatening bleeding emergency
    • Communicate effectively during an emergency
    • Safeguard rescuers and the trauma victim
    • Safely position the trauma victim
    • Apply direct pressure and tourniquets



    The Experts Behind This Course

    The FAST education program was developed by the American Red Cross in collaboration with the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health with grant support from the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. The FAST course will be offered at no charge to students attending high school, thanks to the grant.



    Information for Students, Teachers and Schools

    Do you think your school might be interested in adding this course to its health education curriculum? These downloadable materials provide information about the course, which can be taught as a required class or an elective.

    Preliminary FAST Information Sheet

    FAST Frequently Asked Questions

    Content Infographics





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