Students in central England are being trained to deal with stab wounds using potentially lifesaving bleed control kits amid the country’s knife crime epidemic.
The Midlands Air Ambulance, which services parts of the Midlands area and part of the South West of England, is teaching students and teachers at local schools to use the kits in case of a stabbing.
Jim Hancox, the assistant air operations manager, told the BBC that about 60 local schools are doing the first-aid courses continuing through April.
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“We know the care people get in the early minutes and seconds after being injured is crucial to their chances of having a good outcome,” he said. “Unfortunately, the people we see involved in these kinds of injuries are the young people.”
“Whilst I am sure with the greatest will in the world we wish these cases weren’t happening, what we want to be able to do is be able to give them the best chance of having the best outcome and the best chance of survival,” Hancox said.
The specialized kits are designed to treat potentially catastrophic bleed injuries, the BBC reported. It contains a military-grade tourniquet, bandages and a foil blanket.
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Lynne Baird launched the campaign to distribute kits to bars, clubs and schools after her son, Daniel, 26, was fatally stabbed in Birmingham in 2017.
She told the BBC last year that she believes they could have prevented her son from dying.
A student at Worcester Sixth Form College, who had the training, told the BBC this week that it’s important.
“Any day you can see someone collapse or get hurt, and it is important we know what to do to save their lives or help save their lives,” they said.
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The United Kingdom has been plagued by a growing knife crime epidemic that saw a 10-year high over a 12-month period ending last September.
Data from the Ministry of Defense released in January showed there were 22,286 such crimes through September 2019, averaging more than 60 a day.