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MedStar implements field-deployable stop-the-bleed kits

Posted Dec. 10, 2019

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The kits can be deployed to bystanders in the field to help treat trauma victims.

Stop-the-bleed kits save lives when disaster strikes. But, how do you know when and where you’ll need the kits?

MedStar has developed an answer to that question by assembling six specialized duffle bags, each containing 40 stop-the-bleed kits that can be deployed to bystanders in the field to help them treat trauma victims.

The kits have been placed in all MedStar supervisor response vehicles, with additional kits available to be used during mass gatherings such as the Main Street Arts Festival, Mayfest and events at Texas Motor Speedway.

“When we respond to a large-scale incident, we now have the ability to open up the bag on scene and disperse the stop-the-bleed kits to bystanders as needed. This is a tool that has the potential to save lives during disasters or events like an active shooter situation,” said Michael Potts, MedStar’s manager of special events and safety, who developed and implemented the kits.

MedStar recommends that stop-the-bleed kits be available everywhere, just like fire extinguishers and automated external defibrillators.

The kits were funded through a $10,000 grant from the North Texas Regional Trauma Advisory Council.

MedStar offers free stop-the-bleed classes, which includes training in the use of the items in the kits.

To schedule a class, email MedStar.

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