New medical kit to help save someone’s life if they have been stabbed, have been placed around Halesowen in response to a rise in knife crime.
Halesowen BID has put ‘bleed kits’ at the William Shenstone pub on the Queensway, in the Cornbow Shopping Centre, at Halesowen College, McDonald’s on Bromsgrove Road and at Phase Trust on Little Cornbow.
The kits, which cost £80 each, contain a highly absorbent and padded dressing with an elasticated pressure bandage attached to it to stem the bleeding.
After the dressing is applied serious amounts of sustained pressure should be applied to the wound.
BID Manager Vicky Rogers said “the first three minutes are vital to the recovery of a stab wound”.
Halesowen BID are aware of the rise in knife-related incidents, and believe that having such provisions in place across the area may help to save the life of a victim.