May 23, 2023
Last week, the Colorado legislature passed a bipartisan bill that was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis to provide STOP THE BLEED® kits and training to schools in the state who opt into receiving them.
The law requires the Colorado Department of Public & Environmental Health, in coordination with the ACS Committee on Trauma, to track school participation, training, and the number of kits placed in schools. This is the second state-level STOP THE BLEED bill to be passed in the US, after California enacted a similar law last year.
Learn more about HB23-1213, the Stop the Bleed School Training and Kits bill.
In addition to the Colorado legislation, May’s STOP THE BLEED Month has been a great success spreading awareness on the life-saving program. A satellite media tour featuring Kenji Inaba, MD, FACS, Chair of the STOP THE BLEED Committee of the ACS Committee on Trauma, and Nilda Garcia, MD, FACS, aired hundreds of times across the US and potentially reached more than 20 million individuals to impart the value of STOP THE BLEED.
And later this week, on Thursday, May 25—National STOP THE BLEED Day—the ACS will co-host an educational event with the Cubs and OEMC on First Responders Night at the ballpark. A few hours before the game against the New York Mets, ACS representatives will offer giveaways and educational materials. Representatives will also be onsite to demonstrate the program.