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ACS-Led Congressional Stop the Bleed Training Leads to New Legislation

Stop the Bleed

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has provided Stop the Bleed training to numerous members of Congress and their staffs. As a direct result of the June 2018 Stop the Bleed training, bipartisan legislation was introduced earlier this week in the U.S. House of Representatives that would increase the number of bleeding control kits and training courses available in the U.S.

More specifically, Reps. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Brad Wenstrup, DPM (R-OH), introduced the Prevent Bleeding Loss with Emergency Devices (BLEEDing) Act of 2019, H.R. 2550. This legislation would provide grant funding to states for bleeding control kits and training and is a critical step toward empowering civilians to take lifesaving action when the need arises. The effort to make this training and bleeding control kits available to the public through a Department of Homeland Security grant program will help to drive the goal of reducing or eliminating preventable deaths from bleeding.

More than 180,000 people die each year from traumatic injuries sustained as a result of vehicle crashes, falls, industrial and farm accidents, shootings, and natural disasters. The most common preventable cause of these deaths is hemorrhage in the minutes before trained first responders arrive. The ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) is leading an effort to teach and empower the civilian population to serve as immediate responders in uncontrolled bleeding emergencies through a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control program targeted to the more than 300 million people in the U.S.

Contact your Member of Congress and ask him or her to support the Prevent Bleeding Act through SurgeonsVoice, and read ACS’ letter of support. For details, contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at hchargin@facs.org.

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