Regardless how severe, all bleeding can be controlled. If left uncontrolled, bleeding may lead to shock or even death. A person can bleed to death in less than 5 minutes, which makes it difficult for EMS to arrive fast enough to intervene and save lives. Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable deaths. Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, making hemorrhage the most common cause of preventable death in trauma.
Most bleeding can be stopped before the ambulance arrives at the scene by using simple bleeding control maneuvers.