Kits which could help stem traumatic bleeding have been placed in local shops, for use in medical emergencies.
The council’s community and detached youth work team have purchased several of these kits and have worked with local shops to agree for the kits to be kept on site.
The kits contain the following items.
• Large trauma dressing – designed to control moderate bleeding.
Stacie Armand, senior youth and community detached youth worker, said: “Tragically so many lives are lost each year due to traumatic bleeding, some of which could have been prevented by properly using one of the recommended Bleed Control Kits.
“Those vital few minutes are paramount. Heroes often come in the form of zero responders i.e., someone on the scene. You or a member of the public with access to a kit can be that person who saves a life and prevents a tragedy.”
As well as placing the kits in publicly accessible venues across Slough, the team is handing out ‘AR’ cards, which give information on how to use the kits and details of their service.
Councillor Iftakhar Ahmed, lead member for community cohesion, planning, public health, public protection and leisure, said: “It’s fantastic to hear these kits will be out in the community and can be used in an emergency. Any early intervention to stop a bleed will give the person injured a greater chance of survival.
“Help spread the word by letting your friends and neighbours know about the kits and their locations. Fingers crossed you’ll never need to use one, but it’s good to know it’s there if required.”
Laura Mathias, Head of Operations (Acting) for East Berkshire & South Buckinghamshire at South Central Ambulance Service, said: “Extreme bleeding can cause death within minutes. That’s why having more of these kits available to use whilst the ambulance service is on its way will save the lives of people who suffer severe bleeding whether from an assault or an accident.
“You don’t need any specialist skills to use the kits and our emergency call takers can talk you through how to use them correctly. This is a fantastic initiative and I hope it will encourage more businesses and organisations to get involved and ensure more bleed control kits are available across Slough.”
The kits are located in:
Slough High Street
If you want to discuss getting a bleed control kit in your venue, contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07771 763205.
Information about bleed kits can be found on the Daniel Baird Foundation website.
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