Until Help Arrives

When an emergency occurs, seconds count. The first few minutes are critical for survival. Actions taken by bystanders with little to no medical training can save lives while waiting for emergency service professionals to arrive.  

That’s why the American College of Emergency Physicians created Until Help Arrives, a one-hour training course designed to educate and empower people to take action and provide life-saving care when they are the first on the scene during an emergency.

According to recent national poll the majority of adults are unprepared to step in to help in a major medical emergency, such as if someone stopped breathing or there has been a car accident. With real advice and guidance from emergency physicians, anyone can take this course and feel more empowered to be the help until help arrives. In fact, nine out of 10 adults say they would be more willing to intervene in an emergency if they received Until Help Arrives training

Training Course

Confidence comes through preparation. Led by emergency physicians, the Until Help Arrives is a one-hour training course that creates confident citizen first responders by teaching scene safety principles, how to stop severe bleeding and how to perform compressions-only CPR.

Until Help Arrives teaches similar techniques as Stop the Bleed for stemming severe bleeding but goes beyond bleeding control by providing hands-on instruction for compressions-only CPR and walking through important emergency scene safety principles.

Citizen First Responder Packs

An important part of emergency preparation is ensuring you have the right supplies on hand to deal with a critical incident. Until Help Arrives emergency packs have all of the federally-approved supplies used in the training course to help you stop bleeding, move a victim to safety and perform compressions-only CPR.


Until Help Arrives is a condensed version of the “You’re the Help Until Help Arrives” campaign with an emphasis on bleeding control and scene safety with the addition of compressions-only CPR. “You’re the Help Until Help Arrives” was a part of the Ready campaign, a national public service campaign launched by federal partners including FEMA, the Department of Health & Human Services, the Department of Transportation, and the Uniformed Services University of the Medical Sciences in the Department of Defense in February 2003. It was designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.

Contact Until Help Arrives if you are interested in hosting or participating in a training course.

If you're a doctor, EMT, paramedic, or RN, NP, PA, go here to become an Until Help Arrives certified instructor.  

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