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The STOP the Bleeding Campaign

Rolf Rossaint1*, Bertil Bouillon2, Vladimir Cerny34, Timothy J Coats5, Jacques Duranteau6, Enrique Fernández-Mondéjar7, Daniela Filipescu8, Beverley J Hunt9, Radko Komadina10, Marc Maegele11, Giuseppe Nardi12, Edmund Neugebauer13, Yves Ozier14, Louis Riddez15, Arthur Schultz16, Jean-Louis Vincent17, Donat R Spahn18 and the STOP the Bleeding Campaign

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital Aachen, RWTH Aachen University, Pauwelsstraße 30, D-52074 Aachen, Germany

2 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Witten/Herdecke, Cologne-Merheim Medical Centre, Ostmerheimerstraße 200, D-51109 Cologne, Germany

3 Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Hradec Králové, CZ-50005 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

4 Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine, Dalhousie University, 51276 South Park Sreet, Halifax, NS, B3H 2Y9; Canada

5 Accident and Emergency Department, University of Leicester, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK

6 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of Paris XI, Faculté de Médecine Paris-Sud, 63 rue Gabriel Péri, F-94276 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

7 Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, University Hospital Virgen de las Nieves, ctra de Jaén s/n, E-18013 Granada, Spain

8 Department of Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, C. C. Iliescu Emergency Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Sos Fundeni 256-258, RO-022328 Bucharest, Romania

9 Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation Trust, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7EH, UK

10 Department of Traumatology, General and Teaching Hospital Celje, SI-3000 Celje, Slovenia

11 Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Witten/Herdecke, Cologne-Merheim Medical Centre, Ostmerheimerstraße 200, D-51109 Cologne, Germany

12 Shock and Trauma Centre, S. Camillo Hospital, I-00152 Rome, Italy

13 Institute for Research in Operative Medicine (IFOM), Witten/Herdecke University, Campus Cologne, Ostmerheimerstraße 200, D-51109 Cologne, Germany

14 Division of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Brest University Hospital, Boulevard Tanguy Prigent, F-29200 Brest, France

15 Department of Surgery and Trauma, Karolinska University Hospital, S-171 76 Solna, Sweden

16 Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Lorenz Boehler Trauma Centre, Donaueschingenstraße 13, A-1200 Vienna, Austria

17 Jean-Louis Vincent, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme University Hospital, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Route de Lennik 808, B-1070 Brussels, Belgium

18 Institute of Anaesthesiology, University Hospital Zurich, CH-8091 Zurich, Switzerland

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Critical Care 2013, 17:136  doi:10.1186/cc12579

Published: 26 April 2013


According to the World Health Organization, traumatic injuries worldwide are responsible for over 5 million deaths annually. Post-traumatic bleeding caused by traumatic injury-associated coagulopathy is the leading cause of potentially preventable death among trauma patients. Despite these facts, awareness of this problem is insufficient and treatment options are often unclear. The STOP the Bleeding Campaign therefore aims to increase awareness of the phenomenon of post-traumatic coagulopathy and its appropriate management by publishing European guidelines for the management of the bleeding trauma patient, by promoting and monitoring the implementation of these guidelines and by preparing promotional and educational material, organising activities and developing health quality management tools. The campaign aims to reduce the number of patients who die within 24 hours after arrival in the hospital due to exsanguination by a minimum of 20% within the next 5 years.