Rep. Dave Prestin this week introduced a measure to declare May 25, 2023, as Stop the Bleed Day in the state of Michigan.
“Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “It is intended to cultivate and encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and confident until professional help arrives. More than 240,000 people die annually from injuries sustained as a result of trauma, and the most preventable cause of death is the loss of too much blood in the minutes before trained first responders arrive. As a licensed paramedic, I can assure you that educating people on how to ‘stop the bleed’ will save lives.”
Prestin highlighted the following data:
- Average time to bleed out: as low as 3 minutes;
- Average time for first responders to arrive: 7-10 minutes in urban areas, or 20 to 40 minutes in rural areas;
- Trauma-related deaths worldwide due to bleeding: 40%.
“In my experience, there have been many times victims of trauma were only still alive when I got there because someone had stopped the bleeding,” Prestin said.
Prestin’s House Resolution 114 passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support.
“The governor signed away the future of the Upper Peninsula to please climate activists, not considering the factories that this will close and the families who will struggle to afford their heat in the middle of winter. Public utilities will be forced to spend millions on preposterous renewable energy credits to become compliant with these radical new laws. These additional expenses will be passed down to consumers who can’t afford their energy bills as it is.”
“These bills are precisely the opposite of what the U.P. and Michigan needs,” said Prestin, R-Cedar River. “The most urgent need is to reduce costs and increase reliability. Even if the tiny contribution Michigan makes to global emissions mattered, which it doesn’t, this plan will make living and working here harder for our residents.”
“Democrats just spent two weeks passing legislation that will wreak havoc across Michigan. Now, they’re tucking their tails, ignoring their duty to the voters, and running out of town. We are a full-time legislature. It’s been forty years since we’ve adjourned as early as Democrats did this week.”
“Our medical first responders and emergency medical technicians have reached a critical shortage in people interested in doing the work,” Prestin said. “This legislation would allow EMS agencies to advance the next generation of this crucial profession. We already allow high school students to train for these jobs. This package just ensures that those recruits can get into the workforce when they complete their coursework instead of waiting until their eighteenth birthday.”