Bleed control kits launched in Birmingham pubs and clubs

By Robert Mann contact

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Lifesaving initiative: Birmingham is the first UK city to get the specialist first aid kits
Lifesaving initiative: Birmingham is the first UK city to get the specialist first aid kits
Specialist kits to stop major bleeding, including those involving stab victims, have been rolled out in more than 50 pubs and clubs across Birmingham.

Just as defibrillators aid those suffering from heart attacks, the aim of the bleed control kit is to save vital minutes when someone suffers a traumatic injury.

The specialist first aid kits, which cost £80 each, contain items designed to stem catastrophic bleeding including tourniquets, pressure dressings and gauze bandages.

Birmingham first

It means Birmingham will become the first ‘control the bleed’ city in the UK.

The move follows a campaign by Lynne Baird after her son, Daniel Baird, 26, was fatally stabbed in the city in 2017.

Baird spoke at the Village Inn, close to where Daniel was stabbed, to launch the ground-breaking initiative – a UK first.

She said: “If one life is saved because someone uses these kits, the work has all been worth it.”

The kits were officially launched yesterday (4 June) in Birmingham's pubs, clubs and bars including at the Nightingale Club, Loft and Village Inn.

Lifesaving

Southside BID spokesperson Lawrence Barton, who runs the three city centre venues, spoke of the importance behind the new lifesaving kit.

“I have spoken to other club owners and we know we have to do all we can to safeguard the safety of people in prime night time economy locations," he said.

“It really brings home the amazing work Lynne has done to get these kits made and distributed.”

The Village Inn has been approached for comment, but had not responded at the time of publication.

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