How Control The Bleed Kits Could Help You Save a Life

Defibrillators are becoming more and more common in public places, and you should know where your nearest one is from your home or place of work. But would you know where to find a bleed kit if someone was a victim of a violent crime, was involved in a road traffic collision or if someone experienced a workplace accident? Like when someone has a cardiac arrest, a rapid response when someone sustains major trauma and bleeding is vital to saving a life. With ambulance response times still stretched beyond capacity, it could be too late for someone who is waiting for paramedics to arrive if they receive no medical assistance in the meantime.

Bleed control kits, also known as emergency trauma packs, are similar to first aid kits but they include trauma dressings, gauze, chest seals and tourniquets to help stop serious bleeding, and could be particularly useful in rural areas where ambulance response times are slower. When someone suffers a serious bleed, they are likely to lose blood rapidly, and will require treatment immediately. Bystander intervention could make the difference between life and death. While waiting for paramedics, a Bleed Control Kit can be used by any lay person, bystander or trained medic with the means to immediately control loss of blood in a medical emergency.

Campaigners are fighting for bleed kits to be made available in places where rates of knife crime are particularly high. You may have seen the ‘Knife Angel’ sculpture created by Alfie Bradley using knives that were surrendered and seized by police. The sculpture was created in order to highlight knife crime in the United Kingdom and educate young people of the harmful effect violent behaviour can have on their communities.

Bleed control kits, also known as emergency trauma packs, are similar to first aid kits but they include trauma dressings, gauze, chest seals and tourniquets to help stop serious bleeding, and could be particularly useful in rural areas where ambulance response times are slower. When someone suffers a serious bleed, they are likely to lose blood rapidly, and will require treatment immediately. Bystander intervention could make the difference between life and death. While waiting for paramedics, a Bleed Control Kit can be used by any lay person, bystander or trained medic with the means to immediately control loss of blood in a medical emergency.

Campaigners are fighting for bleed kits to be made available in places where rates of knife crime are particularly high. You may have seen the ‘Knife Angel’ sculpture created by Alfie Bradley using knives that were surrendered and seized by police. The sculpture was created in order to highlight knife crime in the United Kingdom and educate young people of the harmful effect violent behaviour can have on their communities.

Let’s take a look at some statistics on knife crime in the UK:

  • Ten people on average are caught with blades EVERY DAY on the streets of London alone.
  • London recorded the highest rate of 179 offences involving a knife per 100,000 population 2019/20, a slight increase on a rate of 169 in 2018/19.
  • In the year ending March 2021, there were around 41,000 (selected) offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales (excluding Greater Manchester Police Force)

 

Defib World supplies professional and civilian bleed control kits. These lightweight packs are fully portable for versatile storage including bleed cabinet boxes, inside a vehicle, or alongside your other medical/first aid equipment. We also supply a backpack to allow for easy transportation of multiple packs.

All packs includes basic instructions for the lay person to have a straightforward understanding of the equipment included, and where/how to use.

A standard civilian kit includes:

1 x Bleeding Control Carry Pouch

1 x Compressed Gauze

1 x 4”Emergency Bandage with D Closure System

1 x Trauma Shears

1 Pair of Nitrile Examination Gloves

1 x Sterile Absorbent Pad 40cm x 20cm

We all hope we never need to use a defibrillator, and we all hope we never need to use a bleed control kit. But having one available is what can make the difference between life and death in the worst case scenario.

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