Being prepared for a mass casualty situation is the difference between life and death!
The Manchester Arena public inquiry proved beyond doubt that better preparation saves lives. Sir John Saunder’s Volume 2 report highlights the ‘Care Gap’ – the critical time waiting for the arrival of the emergency services following the incident having happened. Lives can be lost if no action is taken to save the casualties; making it essential that as much help as possible is provided by people on site or in the vicinity that are prepared to help. Public Access Trauma Kits (PAcT) have been designed to help fill this ‘Care Gap’ allowing for immediate, life saving treatment to the casualties by untrained members of the public whilst waiting for the emergency services to arrive.
What is a Public Access Trauma Kit (PAcT)?
A PAcT Kit (Public Access Trauma Kit) is specifically designed for non-medically trained people to treat immediate life threatening injuries such as a major bleed or someone who has absent or abnormal breathing. In response to the devastating Manchester Arena bombing in 2017, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office collaborated with medical experts to create this kit, which has now become the government standard. Specialist products for mass casualty incidents…
- To fill the care gap from the incident happening until the emergency services arrive
- Trauma Dressings designed in line with Military style dressings for major bleeds
- For use by the general public, including young people and people with no previous medical or first aid training
- Products allow for self treatment of the walking wounded
- Preparing businesses and public places for mass casualty incidents
- The contents can treat major bleeding, unresponsiveness and irregular or absent breathing
ACT Awareness event planned for 6 February 2024
Delivered by CTPNW CTSA’s, on 6th February 2024 Steroplast Healthcare, alongside CT Policing, and supported by Business Connect Magazine, will be hosting this event in the Greater Manchester area. This is a great opportunity to learn more about preparedness, awareness and how to protect yourself and those around you in the event of a terrorist attack. Pre-register your interest by email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Who should have this kit?
All Public Accessible Locations (PALS) such as Stadiums, Arenas, Museums, Bars, Restaurants and anywhere the public congregate should have at least one.
What is in a PAcT Kit?
Each kit contains 2 tourniquets, 4 trauma dressings, 2 face shields for CPR, 2 triangular bandages, 4 PPE packs and a simple to follow instruction guide enhanced with a QR code linking to short how-to-videos.
How many do I need?
This will depend on your size and risk assessments whilst also considering your vulnerability and counter terrorism plan.
How many people does a PAcT Kit treat?
Each kit can treat 2-4 people depending on the severity of the injury. We can discuss larger options to suit your venue based on the number of people it holds.
Does a PAcT kit replace a first aid kit?
NO – All businesses with over 5 employees must still meet their legal obligations for workplace first aid.
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