Do you feel that your community is adequately prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies? One can never predict when tragedy will strike. Every day people suffer from injuries such as massive bleeding, blocked airways, penetrating chest trauma, burns, broken bones, eye injuries, and more. Communities across the country are taking steps to prepare for a situation resulting in injury. Leading the way is the City of Dallas, Texas, which has taken the first big step in preparing their city for unforeseen emergencies by installing Tramedic® trauma kits throughout the city.
The motivation behind this city-wide initiative is growing concern over public safety. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were 160 active shooter events between 2000 and 2013, with the frequency of incidents increasing annually. Newer statistics report there were 20 incidents each in 2014 and 2015, another annual increase from 2013. In July of 2015, the Department of Homeland Security released the “First Responder Guide for Improving Survivability in Improvised Explosive Device and/or Active Shooter Incidents”. This guide has a heavy focus on hemorrhage control and incorporating tourniquets and hemostatic agents in to treatment response.
To tie everything together, the White House launched the national Stop the Bleed Campaign in October 2015. Stop the Bleed empowers individuals, including the untrained bystander, to act quickly in eliminating preventable death from bleeding. Someone suffering from massive blood loss can die within 5 minutes. Even with rapid response times, professional first responders may not be able to reach that victim in time. Bystanders are always the immediate responders. They have the ability to provide potentially lifesaving care to a victim given the right knowledge and equipment.
Although there is a heavy focus on active shooter preparedness, there are people in need of medical attention stemming from accidental traumatic injuries every day. It could be a natural disaster, car accident, machine injury in an industrial facility, or playground incident at an elementary school. Preparing for these types of situations does not have to be scary or difficult to manage. By placing intuitive products and simple instructions in to the public’s hands, everyone can be prepared to respond in an emergency.
Another way to empower the public with knowledge is with effective training. In Dallas, for example, not only will the Tramedic® trauma kits be readily available in case of an emergency, but comprehensive training will also be provided for more than 13,000 city officials. Having the kit available is a crucial first step, but having the training and knowledge to know how and when to use the trauma kits is equally important.
The right trauma kit can be the difference between life and death, especially when it comes to traumatic injuries. The Stop the Bleed Campaign and many other organizations are aimed at empowering bystanders to take simple steps to keep the injured person alive until appropriate medical care is available. Tramedic® will always be there to provide every individual, school, workplace, public venue, and organization with customized and reliable life-saving trauma kits for any situation at any time.
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