Sending Office: Honorable Alcee L. Hastings
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Endorsed by: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Society of Trauma Nurses

Cosponsors (10): Bishop, Cummings, Deutch,
Dunn, Garamendi, Jackson Lee, Norton, Plaskett, Thompson (CA), and Waters

Dear Colleague:

We write to invite you to cosponsor H.R.2550, the
Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices Act of 2019 – the Prevent BLEEDing Act – legislation that would expand access to Bleeding Control Kits (BCKs) in public gathering places across the country.

Approximately 214,000 people die every year from traumatic incidents. Motor vehicle crashes, shootings, natural disasters, and workplace accidents, to name just a few, oftentimes result in situations where people suffer traumatic blood loss. Such an injury
can lead to death within five minutes, where many of these deaths can be prevented.

The Prevent BLEEDing Act amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002
to make it easier for states to apply for funding for BCKs through the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). By doing so, we will facilitate distribution of BCKs at schools, libraries, places of worship, concert venues, shopping malls, and any other
place where people gather, while providing staff and volunteers at these facilities with the necessary training to utilize the materials. By making these materials more accessible during times of disaster, bystanders with little or no medical training can
save lives when confronted with traumatic injury, similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators (AEDs).

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this bill, please contact Evan Polisar in Congressman Hastings’ office at (ext. 5-1313) or Greg Brooks in Congressman Wenstrup’s office at (ext. 5-3164).


Alcee L. Hastings                               Brad Wenstrup
Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

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