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Until Help Arrives

Until Help Arrives

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is excited to help announce the Until Help Arrives program, which was developed to educate and empower the public to take action and provide lifesaving care before professional help arrives.  We hope that you will find this information helpful in preparing to act when the need arises.

The Until Help Arrives program encourages the public to take these five steps in situations where someone may have a life-threatening injury due to trauma:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Protect the injured from harm
  • Stop bleeding
  • Position people so they can breathe
  • Provide comfort

There are three main training tools available as part of the Until Help Arrives program – all available online at www.ready.gov/untilhelparrives:

  • Interactive Video: An interactive animated video that educates the public on what to do when their day takes a dangerous twist. Set in an amusement park, this interactive experience puts viewers in control of making lifesaving decisions for injured amusement park patrons.
  • Web-based Training: A 25-minute video tutorial explaining the steps people should take to help someone with life-threatening injuries. The video covers five main topics: call 9-1-1, protect the injured from harm, stop bleeding, position people so they can breathe, and provide comfort.
  • Instructor-Led Curriculum: Materials for a hands-on instructor led course that covers all five topics in-depth and includes videos and activities. There are no specific certification requirements for the instructors who teach the classroom training; however, instructors must be knowledgeable and comfortable teaching the content and answering questions.

This program is the result of interagency collaboration led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Individual and Community Preparedness Division in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Hu¬man Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and its Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and the Uniformed Services University's National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (USUNCDMPH). The original research supporting the curriculum comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Thanks for your support in this important initiative! 

Please visit www.ready.gov/untilhelparrives, to learn more about the Until Help Arrives program.  

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