Dudley Police deliver life-saving Bleed Kit training sessions

It’s scary to think about, but would you know how to help someone who’d been stabbed?

It can take just five minutes for someone to bleed out. For this reason, Bleed Control Kits have been given to venues across the West Midlands.

Photo of the training days in action
 Local officers from the Brierley Hill team help out with training, and (right) Paul and Marie from the Brierley Hop House test out how to use tourniquets

These kits can add vital minutes to someone’s life, whilst awaiting the arrival of the emergency services. However with time critical injuries, our panic stations can kick in and it’s important not to get flustered.

This is why officers in Dudley have decided to provide training to everyone they give a kit to.

Dudley making a difference

Local officers from the Brierley Hill team have been helping out with the training, run by the Dudley Partnerships Team and provided by Prometheus Medical.

Practice makes perfect
Staff from bars and clubs in Dudley get hands on during training, and (right) what’s included in the kit

“There’s been a real positive community spirit throughout training,” said Sergeant Daniel Fox, from the Dudley Partnerships Team.

“It’s so important these kits are used correctly and local business owners and managers have been fantastic in getting involved and understanding the need to be trained.

“Instructions are in the kits and there is a YouTube video you can watch, but in an emergency, you won't have time to read a booklet and there’s no guarantee people will watch the videos. It’s also good to see things practically and ask questions.

“We decided at Dudley that the kits won't be distributed until everyone had been trained by a recognised company.”

Taking time for training

The training wrapped up this week at Brierley Hill Civic Hall, which volunteered use of the venue, while Merry Hill previously provided a conference room for free for the training.

Staff members from bars and clubs in the region got hands on with the kit, testing out how to use tourniquets on each other and wrapping their arms in bandages.

The local Dudley team have had over 50 staff members from bars, pubs and clubs trained so far. The idea is that staff can then escalate this training back to their colleagues.

Looking into the kits

The Daniel Baird Bleed Kits were developed by the Daniel Baird Foundation, alongside Prometheus Medical, following the tragic death of 26-year-old Daniel who was stabbed in Birmingham city centre in 2017.

Daniel died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding. His mum, Lyne Baird, believes that if one of these kits had been available when her son was stabbed then he may have had a better chance of survival.

We have been working with the foundation, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Air Ambulance Service to deliver targeted training to young people locally around how to use the kits.

Dudley is the only neighbourhood unit in the force to provide proper training for all the licensees issued with the kits.

The kits come in a red pack and include life-saving equipment such as tourniquets, trauma dressings and specialist gauzes to prevent blood loss.

There is also a national register that collates where these kits are situated, and this is held by the ambulance service which can direct a caller to the nearest one.

For more information, including access to training videos, visit controlthebleed.org.uk.

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