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.
“I’m thankful to the commission for realizing that the alternative options are not really options at all,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “Our whole infrastructure is built around propane, and Line 5 is the major artery supplying that resource. Cutting it off would be lethal.”
“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.”
“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.”