Just as many states have adopted AED legislation, more and more states are considering legislation to require certain businesses and organizations to install bleeding control kits in public buildings.
Here at Cardio Partners, we think this is incredibly important work!
Texas Takes the Legislative Lead
As of January 1, 2020, Texas school districts were required to have bleeding control stations on every public school campus as part of the state’s new Stop the Bleed© law.
House Bill 496, authored by State Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, of San Antonio, mandates that bleeding control stations must be stored in easily accessible areas of the campus and security planning protocols must also include their use.
Students in grade seven and higher will receive training every year on how to use a bleeding control station.
According to the legislation, each Texas school’s bleeding control station is required to have: tourniquets, chest seals, compression bandages, bleeding control bandages, space emergency blankets, latex-free gloves, markers, scissors and instructional documents developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailing ways to prevent blood loss after a traumatic event.
To purchase a multipack bleeding control kit for your Texas school, visit AED.com.
States Considering Bleeding Control Legislation
The ACS supports bleeding control legislation by working with elected officials to introduce legislation mandating the installation of bleeding control kits in public buildings. The ACS recently reported that seven states are considering legislation that would place bleeding control kits in public schools or other government facilities.
The states currently considering bleeding control legislation are:
- North Carolina
- New York
Some states are even considering legislation that would require public schools to administer Stop the Bleed© training for students and staff. Such legislation would, of course, set the stage for future legislation to provide funding for bleeding control kits.
States that have introduced bills that would require public schools to administer bleeding control training include:
- North Carolina
Federal Bleeding Control Legislation
Last year, the House introduced H.R.2550, the “Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices Act of 2019 or the Prevent BLEEDing Act of 2019.”
According to Congress.gov, the bill would authorize the use of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant funds for certain anti-blood loss purposes such as:
- to purchase or distribute anti-blood loss supplies (tourniquets, gauze, dressings, or other appropriate materials) for use in medical emergencies in places where people gather;
- to provide training on the proper use of anti-blood loss supplies to enhance public safety; or
- to make grants to an eligible entity for such purposes.
And on February 27, 2020, The Senate introduced S.3346, “Prevent BLEEDing Act of 2020.” The bill would “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the use of Homeland Security Grant Program funds for anti-blood loss purposes, and for other purposes” (Congress.gov).
Although neither bill has passed to become law, we’re encouraged to see support for bleeding control kits at the Federal level.
For more information on funding your bleeding control training or finding the right bleeding control kit for your school or organization, visit our website or download our free Bleeding Control Resource Guide.