About the Course

These simple skills could save a life

When Seconds Count

The first few minutes after an emergency are critical for survival, and emergency service professionals aren’t always the first ones on the scene. That’s why the American College of Emergency Physicians created Until Help Arrives, a one-hour training course designed to teach basic life-saving skills to the general public.

Confidence Through Preparation

According to a national poll conducted by ACEP, the average civilian isn’t prepared to be a first responder in the aftermath of a storm, car crash, active shooter or other crisis. A condensed version of FEMA’s You’re the Help Until Help Arrives campaign, our course puts an emphasis on bleeding control, scene safety and compressions-only CPR.

Course Curriculum

The Until Help Arrives curriculum was developed by emergency physicians to teach important first responder skills in a quick, effective format with plenty of time for hands-on practice.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Assess scene safety
  • Communicate effectively with emergency dispatchers
  • Stop severe bleeding with and without a tourniquet
  • Recognize signs of sudden cardiac arrest
  • Perform compression-only CPR

An Hour Well Spent

Until Help Arrives is only an hour long, making it the shortest and most efficient first responder course in the market. Emergency physicians are experts in urgency and efficiency; they are trained to always work quickly toward the most effective solution. They applied that mindset to this course format, making sure participants are getting maximum education in minimal time.

Puedes Salvar Una Vida

The course curriculum and materials are available in English and Spanish, so this course is easy to present to communities who primarily speak Spanish.

Stock Your Supply

Get the skills, then get the supplies. The Until Help Arrives Shop carries bleeding control kits designed by emergency physicians at various sizes and price points to help individuals, schools, churches and businesses prepare for potential emergencies.

Program Background

The Stop the Bleed campaign was initiated by the White House National Security Council in collaboration with a workgroup of federal agencies, private and non-profit partner organizations, and individual citizens. ACEP has been a proud partner from the beginning in this vital campaign to build national resilience by better preparing the public to help save lives through basic actions to stop life-threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies or disaster events.

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.

ACEP used the course to build the foundation of Until Help Arrives, tailoring the course content to be delivered by emergency personnel and adding instruction for compressions-only CPR.


You Are the Help Until Help Arrives
Emergency Care and Safety Care Institute (ECSI)
First Responder On-Scene Training (FROST)
First Care Provider
Stop the Bleed – Apply Pressure video
Stop the Bleed – Apply Pressure instructions