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City of London Police launch ‘Bleed Control Kits’ initiative

City of London Police will distribute a total of 320 Bleed Control Kits across the City.
The kits will be given to late-night venues, with plans to distribute more in the future.
The kits can save time until paramedics arrive and prevent bleeding leading to a fatality.

The City of London Police has launched a new initiative today (Monday 18 November 2019) to provide life-saving ‘Bleed Control Kits’ to late-night venues in the Square Mile. 

The initiative – which will see a total of 320 Bleed Control Kits being distributed across the City in the next few weeks – follows a similar launch by West Midlands Community Safety Partnership earlier this year in partnership with The Daniel Baird Foundation

Lynne Baird, Daniel’s mother, runs the 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 catastrophic bleeding. 

The City of London Police is funding the initiative and the kits will be made available various premises with late-night licences. 

City of London Police’s Assistant Commissioner, Alistair Sutherland, said:

“The City of London Police is proud to launch this initiative, in partnership with the Daniel Baird Foundation, as part of Lynne’s passionate campaign in memory of her son. These kits will help us achieve our aim of making the City as safe as possible for the people who live, work and visit the Square Mile. 

“Daniel’s death was a tragedy that no parent should ever have to suffer. The initiative we’re launching with Lynne’s foundation today, will help Daniel’s memory go on in the lives that will be saved.”

The staff at venues who receive these kits will be given training by Prometheus Medical who developed and produced them. 

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 three to five minutes. These Bleed Control Kits can help save precious time until paramedics arrive at the scene and prevent catastrophic bleeding from leading to a fatality.

Lynne Baird, who founded the Daniel Baird Foundation, said:
“I’m delighted that the City of London Police has agreed to partner with the Daniel Baird Foundation, and that these life-saving kits will now be distributed to venues across the City. 

“I’m very proud of what the Foundation has achieved so far, initially in West Midlands and now with the City of London Police, but I don’t want it to stop here. I hope that this launch today will spark more forces to join our campaign and help make these kits available up and down the country.”

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