Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) introduced the Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices Act of 2019 (the Prevent BLEEDing Act) to expand access to Bleeding Control Kits (BCKs) in public gathering places across the country (Please find a copy of the bill attached):
“Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans lose their lives from traumatic incidents, including workplace accidents, vehicle crashes, and gun violence. In situations involving traumatic blood loss, a victim can bleed to death in a matter of minutes, but with the right training and access to bleeding control supplies, these deaths are often preventable,” said Congressman Alcee L. Hastings. “When you walk into a public building, you frequently see automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) displayed prominently. Citizens who learn to use the devices, or to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or the Heimlich maneuver, are empowered to save lives during emergency situations. In today’s world, we must include training to prevent blood loss as well. For this reason, this legislation will help to expand access to preventative blood loss supplies in places like schools, libraries, places of worship, concert venues, shopping malls, and any other place where people gather. I thank my colleague Dr. Brad Wenstrup for joining me in championing this effort, and look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure its passage.”
“I know firsthand as a combat surgeon and Iraq War veteran the difference that bleeding management tools can make in saving lives. Expanding public access to first aid accessories like tourniquets and clotting bandages add the critical minutes needed to get victims to the next level of care. Understanding how to use these tools is simple and should be taught alongside first aid education like basic life support (CPR and AED use) so that all Americans may have the ability to help one another. I thank Representative Hastings for his leadership on this critical legislation,” said Dr. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH).
The Prevent BLEEDing Act is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
“Providing bleeding control kits to all of the States brings the training and the availability of equipment directly to the citizens. It is through initiatives like this which inform, educate and empower the public to be Immediate Responders to stop severe bleeding that the society becomes more resiliency to saving lives and limbs. This is a critically important time to pass this legislation especially with the upsurge of untoward bleeding events in the United States,” said Lenworth Jacobs MD, MPH, FACS, Chairman of the Hartford Consensus and leader of the ACS Stop the Bleed Program.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 214,000 people die every year from traumatic incidents such as vehicle crashes, shootings, natural disasters, and workplace accidents. Injuries involving traumatic blood loss can lead to death within five minutes, and are oftentimes preventable.
The Stop the Bleed national awareness campaign was implemented in 2015 to train and equip everyday Americans with the skills to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. To date, Stop the Bleed has trained nearly 125,000 Americans anti blood-loss skills, empowering them to help prevent unnecessary deaths from blood loss.
May 2019 is the very first National Stop the Bleed Month.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.