A new pilot scheme, equipping city centre businesses and late night venues with specialist first aid kits, was launched by in Birmingham recently.
Birmingham Community Safety Partnership (BCSP) has been working with campaigner Lynne Baird, of The Daniel Baird Foundation, to develop and deliver this initiative to a variety of locations across the city centre.
The Daniel Baird Foundation was set up by the family after he was fatally stabbed while out with friends in Birmingham on 8 July 2017. There was no first aid or bleed control kit available, and Daniel died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding.
On average it takes a priority ambulance seven minutes to reach a patient, but bleeding from serious injuries – such as those suffered in a stabbing, shooting, car or industrial accident – can prove fatal in as little as three to five minutes. These bleed control kits can help save vital minutes until paramedics arrive at the scene.
Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities at Birmingham City Council, said: “The launch of these kits in our city shows what we can all achieve when everyone works together, we can really make a difference. Being able to put something in place that can save vital minutes in such situations and hopefully help save lives is a great example of that.”
Lynne Baird, Daniel’s mother and founder of The Daniel Baird Foundation, added: “I am delighted that Birmingham, his home, is taking this step to become the first Control the Bleed city in the UK and that Birmingham Community Safety Partnership are helping achieve this. I think he would have been very proud of this initiative.”
The BCSP received £4,000 from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to purchase 50 kits, which will be distributed to a various businesses and late night venues – including The Village in Hurst St where the launch took place – and endorsed by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). While there are many different kits on the market, BCSP worked with WMAS and the West Midlands Trauma Networks to develop a kit that would work effectively in a bleed control situation.
Staff at venues will receive training on these kits, and people who call 999 will be directed to the nearest kit and talked through how to use it by WMAS’s call centre Trauma Team.
The kits were developed and produced by Prometheus Medical, who have provided ambulance services across the UK and worldwide with a range of kits, including this bleed control kit.