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State Legislatures Consider Bleeding Control Legislation

The state legislatures are in full swing, and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) state chapters have begun working with elected officials to introduce legislation mandating the installation of bleeding control kits in public buildings. So far, at least eight states—California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee, and Texas—have introduced bills that would place bleeding control kits in public schools or other government facilities. In addition, Arkansas, Missouri, Massachusetts, and North Carolina have introduced bills that would require public schools to administer Stop the Bleed© training for students and staff, setting the stage for future legislation to provide funding for kits. Surgeons in these states are encouraged to participate in chapter grassroots activities to advance these bills.

For more information, contact the ACS State Affairs team at StateAffairs@facs.org.