Legislative Updates

State of Washington Bill Increases Access to Bleeding Control Equipment in Schools

In late March 2024, the Washington State Legislature enacted legislation requiring schools in the state to maintain and provide bleeding control equipment on campus. The result of years of advocacy efforts from multiple groups and organizations across the state, including members of the ACS Committee on Trauma and the ACS Washington State Chapter, the bill also includes other measures to greatly help communities respond to bleeding emergencies. Read more about Senate Bill 5790 and listen to a video interview with Drs. Eileen M. Bulger and Bryce R.H. Robinson of the ACS on the significance of such legislation.

Efforts in the Massachusetts Legislature to Expand STOP THE BLEED® 

Peter S. Hopewood, MD, FACS, joined Jimm Dodd, ACS Stop the Bleed Program Manager, and Catherine Hendricks, ACS Manager of State Affairs, on a Cape Cod Public Radio program to discuss efforts in the Massachusetts State Legislature to put Stop the Bleed kits in public places and expand training throughout the state. The segment touches on Stop the Bleed measures passed in other states, the positive impact they've had, and the push to enact federal legislation to help save lives nationwide.

Colorado Will Provide Schools with STOP THE BLEED® Training and Kits

In May 2023, the Colorado legislature passed a bipartisan bill that was signed into law by Governor Jared Polis to provide STOP THE BLEED® kits and training to schools in the state who opt into receiving them.

The law requires the Colorado Department of Public & Environmental Health, in coordination with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, to track school participation, training, and the number of kits placed in schools.

Learn more about HB23-1213.

California Passes STOP THE BLEED® Bill

During the 2022 legislative session, the state of California passed legislation—Assembly Bill 2260—that requires the installation of trauma bleeding control kits in newly constructed public and private buildings throughout the state. The legislation, “Emergency Response: Trauma Kits,” is the first statewide law of its kind to make bleeding control kits widely accessible in this manner.

Amy E. Liepert, MD, FACS, a trauma and acute care surgeon, led the grassroots initiative that advocated for this legislation over the last two years. Along with a coalition of California colleagues, Dr. Liepert testified before the California legislature multiple times to advocate for this law.

“The bill doesn’t pass by the initial idea. Advocates must have the ability to communicate, compromise, and discuss what is ideal in your state. Having STOP THE BLEED® kits in your community is the ultimate goal,” Dr. Liepert said.

Learn more about this legislation in the videos below featuring Dr. Liepert and bill cosponsors Asm. Freddie Rodriguez and former Sen. Ben Hueso, and on the American College of Surgeons website.

Download a sample STOP THE BLEED® factsheet for Massachusetts.