Catastrophic bleeding also known as catastrophic haemorrhage kills about 40% of people who suffer a traumatic injury.
It is one of the most preventable causes of death.
In recent UK terrorist and criminal attacks people suffered traumatic injuries including amputation of limbs, penetrating stab wounds and massive blood loss.
Evidence from the Manchester Arena, London Bridge, Borough Market and the recent Streatham terror attacks, tells us that ambulance services will not be allowed entry into a ‘Hot Zone’ (Danger area).
They will stand back and wait for the Police to make the area safe, before going forward to administer aid.
This may take a long time…several hours in many cases.
After the 2017 London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks, the badly injured for over two hours and many bled out before paramedics reached them.
In February 2020 a ‘lone wolf’ terrorist stabbed several people in Streatham in London during a marauding attack.
He was killed by police minutes after the attack however ambulance crews were held back by Police,for over an hour, unable to treat the injured until the area was deemed safe to enter.
After a person suffers a traumatic injury involving catastrophic bleeding, we have 3- 5 minutes maximum to control and stop the bleed, otherwise people will die.
People who are already at the scene of an incident like a stabbing, shooting or accident will be in the best position to give help and save life, long before the arrival of Ambulance crews.
If you have the right bleed control equipment you will definitely save lives that would otherwise be lost.
You’ll probably think that having access to a BS8599-1:2019 standard workplace first aid kit will enable you to control or stop catastrophic bleeding, nothing is further from the truth.
They are only intended to treat non-life-threatening bleed injuries and offer you little help in stemming catastrophic blood loss
A range of experts including a leading Trauma surgeon and a Pre-hospital care consultant looked at the types of injuries seen in recent terror attacks, criminal assaults and accidents.
These injuries included traumatic amputations and penetrating stab wounds with many causing catastrophic blood loss.
With their advice and help we created and developed the #ZeroResponder bleed control kit.
The kit contains :
Knowing how to use the contents of a Bleed control kit are important.
On a short 1/2 day practical skills workshop
We will cover