Updated: Jan 2
Just a few weeks ago, California’s Assembly Bill 2260 was signed by Governor Newsom and enacted into law. AB2260 requires all new buildings to have comprehensive trauma kits, as well as access to training on how to use the equipment inside them.
This bill is supported by the American College of Surgeons and many other groups that have been advocating for better resources and education around life-threatening bleeding, but what does it mean for you and your business or development?
While more details of compliance are sure to come in the near future, here are three key things you should know about Trauma Kits and training for your business or building.
1. The Trauma kits that AB2260 mandates are not the same as CPR and First Aid kits.
Your business may already be compliant with CPR, First Aid, and AED mandates. The new law means that in new buildings, you will need additional trauma-specific "Bleeding Control" kits and training.
AB2260 mandates that new buildings have first aid kits which must include a CoTCCC (Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care) or STOP THE BLEED approved tourniquet. Here's an example of a CAT Tourniquet, one of the most widely trusted bleeding control tools on the planet:
The push for better trauma care preparedness in public places stems, in part, from campaigns like STOP THE BLEED that have been pushing for nearly a decade since the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to better equip citizen bystanders to take action.
2. “Newly constructed” public and private buildings fall under the purview of AB2260
Buildings constructed on or after January 1, 2023 fall under SB2260 will be required to have a minimum of 6 trauma kits on the premises in an easily accessible and well-identified location.
Residential homes are excluded from this law, though still a great idea to equip your home with a trauma kit. Remember, bleeding can kill you in 3-5 minutes.
3. Property managers are required to identify training sources and direct tenants to them every year.
The individual or entity managing the building must yearly direct tenants to training through a certified, reputable source or program. As with CPR/First Aid training, this could mean sending tenants out to complete training on their own or bringing an instructor to the site to conduct training, just like CPR/First Aid training.
It can take as little as 90 minutes to learn STOP THE BLEED curriculum and skills.
STOP THE BLEED has a short online course available for free but in-person training is highly encouraged.
While details are still emerging on how to comply with these new requirements, Capital City CPR will continue to offer STOP THE BLEED training at our classroom in Sacramento as well as offer the option of providing training at your location. We’re here to help you get trained on how to effectively use a trauma kit and where to purchase high-quality, CoTCCC or STOP THE BLEED approved kits and gear.
To read the full bill, click here.
To learn more about STOP THE BLEED, check out https://www.capcitycpr.com/post/stop-the-bleed.
To schedule expert, high-quality STOP THE BLEED or other training with Capital City CPR, click here.