Organizations push for installing bleeding control kits at public venues

January 21, 2019 - 3:00 am

KYW’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Whether we want to admit it or not, we live in a society — in fact, we live in a world — where active shooter events can occur at any place and at any time. 
Data on casualties from the average active shooter event in the United States has found that it can impact five to 11 victims. Fatality rates can be higher than 50 percent. 

According to a study from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, it may be time to recommend that public venues install bleeding control kits for at least 20 victims. 

A traditional kit would include gloves, gauze and scissors. The kits could potentially help bystanders save lives by controlling the bleeding of injured people while waiting for help. 

A national campaign is underway called Stop the Bleed, which is designed to educate people how to react in these situations.