Personnel from more than 30 businesses across Derby have received specialised training by medical experts on new trauma equipment to help them save lives in the community.
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has funded dozens of Trauma Kits in a joint initiative alongside Derbyshire Constabulary, Derby BID (Business Improvement District) and the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre.
The kits equip city workers with the medical tools they need to intervene in a life-threatening emergency including responding to victims who have sustained serious knife injuries.
Partnership for Better Business Ltd (pfbb UK), a specialist BID project management company, recruited a number of local firms to the initiative, who are all based in and around the Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter in Derby.
Staff from each firm received specialist training at the Holiday Inn in Derby.
The training was delivered by East Midlands Major Trauma Centre staff and showed workers how to use the Trauma Kits to prevent bleeding and act in the critical minutes following an incident.
“I am incredibly grateful to all those businesses who stepped forward to take on this responsibility,” said Mr Dhindsa.
“This trauma training gives members of the community who find themselves as bystanders to a medical emergency the vital knowledge and skills they need to act swiftly before paramedics arrive and could greatly increase the odds of survival.
“Knife crime presents a very serious threat to young people today. While we are doing everything we can to prevent those at risk from carrying weapons, it’s also vital we take practical steps to stop violence claiming more lives unnecessarily.
“I would like to thank the Holiday Inn in Derby for kindly providing the venue for training, free of charge, and the East Midlands Trauma Centre’s highly-trained staff for sharing their advanced skills and interventions by delivering this life-saving training at no cost. We are united in our efforts to reduce violence and protect our city from future harm and I am grateful for the support of so many organisations.”
Like defibrillators used to respond to heart attacks, the aim of the bleed control kits is to save vital time prior to paramedics arriving at a scene.
The packs, which contain essential equipment including pressure dressings and bandages, will be stored by businesses ready for use in an emergency.
The training was presented by major trauma consultant Dr Bob Winter, who recently retired as clinical lead of the East Midlands Ambulance Service.
All serious knife crime injuries from Derby will be treated by the trauma centre’s staff based at the Queens Medical Centre.
Adam Brooks, Director of the Major Trauma Centre, said: “We are delighted to work with colleagues in Derby to provide trauma training to businesses that would help save a life in the event of a serious knife injury in the city.”
Eve Taylor, BID project support executive for Partnerships for Better, added: “We are delighted by the number of employees at businesses in the St Peters Quarter and Cathedral Quarter BID areas that have undertaken the training so far. Should a situation ever arise where an immediate medical response is required, we now have a large number of people in the area who are equipped to perform vital lifesaving skills. We look forward to working in partnership with Derbyshire Constabulary and the East Midlands Trauma Team to further support the Stop the Bleed campaign.”
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Posted on Tuesday 18th February 2020