Bleed Control Kits pilot launched in Birmingham city centre
A new pilot scheme, equipping city centre businesses and
late night venues with specialist first aid kits, was launched in
Birmingham today (4 June 2019).
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has
funded Lynne Baird's initiative to have Bleed Kits distributed
across the city centre.
Lynne Baird runs The Daniel Baird Foundation, in memory of her
son who 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
Lynne Baird has been working with the West Midlands Ambulance
Service, Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Community Safety
Partnership, West Midlands Trauma Networks and the PCC is pleased
to have been able to buy the 50 Bleed Kits at cost of a £4,000.
The kits will be distributed to various businesses and late
night venues - including The Village in Hurst St where the launch
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 West Midlands Ambulance Service call
centre Trauma Team.
The kits were developed and produced by Prometheus
On average it takes an ambulance responding to a 999 call from
someone with life-threatening illnesses or injuries 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.
David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner,
who funded the initial rollout of these kits, said: "Lynne
Baird has done a fantastic job campaigning so passionately for the
small life-saving packs to be rolled out across Birmingham. Lynne's
hard work means that Birmingham is now set to become the first
'Control the Bleed' city in the UK. A scheme which I hope will be
adopted across the West Midlands. They are relatively inexpensive
and if they help just one person they will have proved a resounding
success. Lynne's efforts are to be admired and I'm delighted
to have been able to help, even in just a small way."
Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance
Service, said: "In cases such as Daniel's, every second counts
and being able to stem the bleeding could make the difference
between life and death. We very much welcome the campaign to
get bleed control kits initially in Birmingham city centre but hope
that the work of the Daniel Baird Foundation will result in kits
becoming as common as defibrillators are so that many more lives
can be saved right across our country."
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
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
Supt Ian Green of West Midlands Police, who chairs Birmingham
Community Safety Partnership, added: This is a massive pilot
for us in terms of officers being able to deliver first aid at the
scene using these kits. Having the right kit, approved by
West Midlands Ambulance Service is great, as paramedics can talk us
through how to use it. I hope we don't have to use these kits but I
think this will genuinely save lives".
Julia Robinson, Southside BID manager, said: "Here at
Southside BID, we want to proactively work with all authorities to
bring about change in our community. Having Bleed Control Kits to
hand in our businesses will help to achieve that change, and could
save a life one day".