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Bleeding Control Kits Now Mandatory for All Texas Schools: What You Need to Know


The Texas Legislature is requiring all public schools and open-enrollment charter schools to implement a traumatic injury response protocol, inspired by the national Stop the Bleed® program. Here’s what you need to know before the deadline:

The nationwide Stop the Bleed® campaign is an initiative to increase safety and emergency preparedness by equipping bystanders with the tools and training necessary to save lives in the minutes that matter most. Districts must comply with HB 496 by January 1, 2020. Districts must implement the traumatic injury response protocol, which includes: Providing bleeding control kits in easily accessible areas of campus Ensuring kits are used in district multi-hazard emergency preparedness plans.

Providing agency-approved training to personnel who may be expected to use the kits. A Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved course on how to use bleeding control stations should be available by October 1, 2019
Bleeding control kits must contain:

  • Tourniquets
  • Chest seals
  • Compression bandages
  • Bleeding control bandages
  • Space emergency blankets
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Markers
  • Scissors

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    AN ACT relating to traumatic injury response protocol and the use of bleeding control stations in public schools.

    BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 38, Education Code, is amended by adding Section 38.030 to read as follows:


    (a) Each school district and open-enrollment charter school shall develop and annually make available a protocol for school employees and volunteers to follow in the event of a traumatic injury.

    (b) The protocol required under this section must:

    (1) provide for a school district or open-enrollment charter school to maintain and make available to school employees and volunteers bleeding control stations, as described by Subsection (d), for use in the event of a traumatic injury involving blood loss;

    (2) ensure that bleeding control stations are stored in easily accessible areas of the campus that are selected by the district's school safety and security committee or the charter school's governing body.

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    Mass shootings in K-12 schools typically result in much higher casualty rates. During the period recorded by the FBI (which starts after the tragic events at Columbine High School), 96 students and teachers were killed, with a further 138 physically injured. Many thousands more will carry psychological scars for the rest of their lives - something that's not considered in active shooter statistics.

    Incidents in Higher Education In its analysis of active shooter statistics, the FBI determined that the majority of incidents in higher educational institutions involved current or former students (11). Of the remainder, three were committed by employees, one by a perpetrator with no known connection to the institution, and one by a patient visiting a university medical center. The shootings resulted in 65 deaths and 67 injuries.



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