First bleed control cabinet launches with West Midlands Police support

The country's first bleed control cabinet has launched in Birmingham city centre with the support of West Midlands Police.

Designed to prevent a catastrophic bleed following trauma or violence, the first aid kit was installed in Hurst Street last week by the Daniel Baird Foundation after working closely with our officers on selecting its location.

Supt Gareth Morris with teh bleed control cabinet
Supt Gareth Morris with the bleed control cabinet

The equipment, which can be used by any bystanders, including police officers who are often the first on the scene, contains a portable bleed kit similar to those found on ambulances.

It's the latest initiative by the Foundation which was set up by the family of Daniel Baird, who at age 26 was fatally stabbed outside a pub in Digbeth in 2017.

Superintendent Gareth Morris, of West Midlands Police, said: "This emergency first aid kit will help Daniel’s memory go on in the lives that it will save.

"We are working tirelessly to tackle knife crime and recognise the devastating impact such violence has on families and the wider community.

"So we believe having kits like this available in those vital early minutes will help prevent more tragic and unnecessary deaths."

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