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.
State Reps. Greg Markkanen and Dave Prestin expressed frustration after Michigan’s request for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was recently rejected despite major damage to the Upper Peninsula between April and May.
State Rep. Dave Prestin today joined his colleagues in a crucial press conference held this morning to address statewide renewable energy mandates proposed by Lansing Democrats.
“Pure Michigan has long been an instrumental force in bolstering the state’s tourism industry,” said Prestin, of Cedar River. “The short-sightedness of the Democrats in majority will lead to a less competitive Michigan. Therefore, my colleagues and I directly asked the governor and state appropriation chairs to restore this critical funding.”