Students in New Jersey high schools would be required to learn how to control traumatic bleeding and how to apply tourniquets under a new bill introduced in the New Jersey Senate.
The bill, introduced by Senators Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex) and Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) would require school districts that include grades nine through 12 to incorporate instruction on bleed control into the health curriculum for students as part of the district’s implementation of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
The bill, which will be taken up by the Senate Education Committee, comes following a recent spate of school shooting across the country.
Vitale was also the sponsor of a 2014 bill, now law, which that requires high school students to be taught about CPR and defibrillator use.
Vitale is also responsible for the law requiring all public and private schools to have defibrillators on school premises.
If approved by the Legislature, and signed by Governor Murphy, the bill will take effect immediately, and be applicable in the first full school year following the date of enactment.