May 23, 2022

ACS: Prevent BLEEDing Act introduced in Congress

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), on May 19, announced that it strongly supports legislation that creates a grant program to provide training on bleeding control techniques and anti-blood loss supplies for use in medical emergencies.

The “Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices Act (Prevent Bleeding Act),” introduced by Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen John Boozman (R-AR) in the Senate and Rep Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Rep Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) in the House of Representatives, comes as the US marks the fifth annual National STOP THE BLEED Day (May 19), which falls during May's broader observance of National STOP THE BLEED Month.

“Similar to CPR, a civilian familiar with basic bleeding control techniques is equipped to save a life when minutes matter,” says Patricia L. Turner, MD, MBA, FACS, executive director of ACS.


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