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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 11, 2017 09:30 AM
From: Senator Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Designating May 23, 2017 as “Stop the Bleed Day” in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I will introduce a resolution designating May 23, 2017 as “Stop the Bleed Day” in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has created “Stop the Bleed”, a national campaign to help improve survival of life-threatening bleeding.

Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an accident, active shooter or an explosive event where a response is delayed, can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs cardiopulmonary resuscitation (or CPR) or the Heimlich maneuver, individuals are encouraged to learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Individuals can quickly die from uncontrolled blood loss, within five to ten minutes, which makes it extremely important to know how to quickly stop bleeding. As bystanders or non-medical law enforcement officers may be on the scene before emergency medical responders, “Stop the Bleed” aims to educate the public at large on how to control bleeding by empowering them to act quickly, with the goal of saving lives.

The University Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Pennsylvania’s largest trauma system, is partnering with the Copeland Regional Trauma Council (CRTC), a consortium of trauma centers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to coordinate “Stop the Bleed” efforts. The goal of this regional initiative is to: (1) train bystanders and law enforcement to stop the bleeding; (2) conduct and facilitate training courses for paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, and other health care professionals, who can then teach these lifesaving skills to members of the communities they serve; and (3) place bleeding control kits in publicly accessible locations across western Pennsylvania.

National preparedness is the shared responsibility of all levels of government, including the private and non-profit sectors and individual citizens. For these reasons, I ask you to join me to support this important initiative by co-sponsoring my resolution.

Introduced as SR127