What do I need in my bleed control kit?

01/09/20

Knife crime and violence are on the rise in the UK. As a result, there is a growing call for bleed control kits to be made available to both the emergency services and the general public.  Bleed control kits are important in instances of ‘catastrophic bleeding’. In severe cases, applying pressure to the wound may not be enough to stem the bleeding. This is when a bleed control kit is useful. But what should a standard bleed control kit contain?

The contents of a bleed control kit
Bleed control kits are designed to treat wounds in the most effective way. Each item can be used individually or in conjunction with other items to provide the most effective pre-hospital care. 

Pressure dressing 
A pressure dressing is designed to bring extra pressure to a wound, helping to coagulate blood in severe bleeds. They are also used in junctional areas such as the armpit and often used in conjunction with a haemostatic to further reduce blood loss.

Tourniquet 
A tourniquet is a device which applies pressure to a limb or extremity in order to stop a catastrophic bleed. It may be used in emergencies, in surgery, or in post-operative rehabilitation. They should be lightweight and operable with one hand, for rapid and reliable application. Aero has a range of easy-to-apply tourniquets, currently used by military and emergency services personnel. 

Nitrile gloves
Latex-free nitrile gloves are an essential part of all bleed control kits. They need to be flexible, strong, with good puncture resistance so that wounds can be dealt with quickly and hygienically. Aero has a range of gloves and hygiene products. 

Scissors
In the event of a knife injury, for instance, or a car crash, it may be necessary to cut away clothing from wounds. In order to ensure treatment as quickly as possible, all bleed kits should contain Tuffcut scissors that can easily cut through clothing and footwear.

Chest Seals 
A chest seal is an innovative dressing for the emergency management of penetrating chest wounds. Its purpose is to cover penetrating chest wounds to allow air and fluids to escape from the pleural cavity without being drawn back in. The aim is to minimise lung collapse associated and to facilitate lung reinflation. 

Haemostatic Dressings
Haemostatic wound dressings are designed to stem blood flow through the promotion of accelerated clotting or by encouraging coagulation. They are applied to the source of the bleed and are often used on ‘junctional’ zones, such as the neck, armpit or groin – areas where the application of a tourniquet or emergency bandage is difficult. 

The need for public bleed control kits 
Unfortunately, UK street crime – particularly knife crime – has been rising for some time. In 2018 alone there were 285 fatal stabbings in the UK, up from 186 in 2015. Violence of this nature is a growing concern and, in some ways, the need for public bleed kits parallels the need for publicly accessible defibrillators. The truth is, the worst can happen at any time – whether that is an unprovoked attack, a car accident, or an ‘out of the blue’ mass casualty situation . With public bleed control kits ready and accessible, we can significantly increase the chance of survival on Britain’s streets. 

Stock up your bleed control kits with high quality Aero wound care products today. 
 


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