NJ students may need to learn how to stop deadly blood loss

New Jersey high schools may soon be required to teach students how to keep someone from bleeding right next to them.

Legislation introduced Aug. 8 by Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, and Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, would require districts to provide “bleed control” instructions as part of their health care program. physical education and health.

Potential lessons could include using tourniquets, applying pressure to a wound, and communicating with dispatchers in an emergency.

Speaking to the New Jersey Monitor, Vitale said “mass shootings” were behind the measure. Vitale also expressed concern over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that removes New Jersey’s requirement that gun owners prove a “justifiable need” to carry guns in public.

The bill notes that districts can choose a no-cost, no-certification education program to meet the requirement.

According to Maurice Elias, professor of psychology at Rutgers University, if this were to become law, schools would be wise to shift their focus away from the lessons of the threat of mass shootings and more towards the threat of more common emergencies, such than falls. and car accidents.

“It’s a bit like a fire drill – we’re so unlikely to take it seriously when we learn about emergency preparations,” Elias said.

Being able to help someone in a serious emergency, including preserving their blood supply, is an important life skill, Elias said. But the success of such lessons can probably be influenced by the way they are presented.

New Jersey standards state that students must attend first aid demonstrations for choking, burns, poisoning, bleeding, and stroke before 5th grade.

The American Red Cross offers its own bleed control training to the general public. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is behind a Stop the Bleed campaign that “encourages bystanders to be trained, equipped, and empowered to assist in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.”

Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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