On National STOP THE BLEED Day, Sen. Hueso Encourages Californians to Get Trained

May 20, 2021

SACRAMENTO – Today, May 20, 2021, is National STOP THE BLEED Day, a call to action for people across the country to learn how to save lives by becoming trained on stopping traumatic bleeding.

“In traumatic medical emergencies, timing is critical,” said Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego). “By learning vital measures to aid trauma victims, we can all be empowered to save lives if tragedy strikes. Take some time today to learn about how to get trained, how to get equipment, or how to get involved in this national public health campaign.”

The STOP THE BLEED campaign was created by the American College of Surgeons in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The campaign works to train citizens on how to use bleeding control kits so that bystanders can offer quick assistance during traumatic medical emergencies. These trauma kits, including tools such as tourniquets, dressings, and topical hemostatic agents, are often placed on walls in public places, similar to the cardiac defibrillators in most modern buildings.

“STB is an easy and simple-to-learn approach to stop life-threatening bleeding before someone can get to the hospital, which results in lives saved,” said Dr. Amy Liepert of UC San Diego Health, sponsor of Sen. Hueso’s related legislation, SB 687. “Having these basic skills and supplies readily at hand gives the general public the ability to save a life with simple tools that can be made available in the community.”

Sen. Hueso is carrying legislation this session that would require certain public and private buildings to maintain trauma kits on their premises. SB 687 would also require proper training on how to use the equipment in the trauma kits, and how to respond during a traumatic emergency.

SB 687 is a continuation of Sen. Hueso’s efforts to empower and enable Good Samaritans to quickly and confidently respond, and thereby increase victims’ chances of survival, in emergency medical situations. In 2015 his bill was signed into law that requires most new buildings in California with an occupancy greater than 200 people to have automated electronic defibrillators to assist with sudden cardiac arrest.