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A trauma kit is designed to treat major injuries or control bleeding until professional medical attention can be received. With increased awareness around mass casualty incidents like terrorist attacks, keeping trauma relief equipment in public and outdoor spaces is becoming more and more important. When you have conducted your first aid risk assessment you may discover the need for more specialised equipment, such as items to stem serious bleeding and increase the chance of saving lives. A person can die from blood loss in under 5 minutes, so if there is a risk of this occurring, find out if you need bleeding control kits in the vicinity and ensure you are compliant with health and safety legislation.

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What are trauma kits in relation to a normal first aid kit?

Trauma kits, sometimes known as tactical medical kits, or advanced first aid kits, usually contain only equipment to treat life threatening injuries, and none of the everyday items found in a standard first aid kit such as plasters. It is possible a regular first aid kit might contain some emergency equipment as well (first aid kits designed for motoring often contain a trauma dressing), but a trauma kit is designed expressly for the purpose of treating (often multiple) casualties who have serious injuries following a major incident, and keeping them alive until paramedics or other medical experts can take over. Ambulance services in the UK will attempt to get to a casualty within 8 minutes but this is not always possible, so having trauma equipment on hand can mean the difference between life and death. A regular first aid kit is still essential even if you have a trauma kit, but one of the advantages of having both is that if an injury is life threatening you immediately have what you need to hand, without having to rummage through a regular first aid kit looking for the trauma items.

What does a trauma kit consist of typically?

A trauma kit would typically contain items to stem the flow of major bleeds in various parts of the body such as the following:
  • Tourniquets, which allow the first aider to treat major bleeds to the arms and legs.

  • Chest seals for treatment of open chest wounds.

  • Trauma dressings for the control of moderate to severe bleeding.

  • Proven compression dressings like the Israeli dressing.

  • Dressings impregnated with haemostatic agents (which cause the blood to form a gel).

They would also usually include:
  • a pair of gloves for protection against blood cross-contamination and a pair of shears for cutting through the clothing of the injured person.

Mass casualty incident (MCI) supplies for dealing with public events like terrorist attacks

Police will not allow paramedics into the area of an ongoing MCI until it has been confirmed safe, so storing multiple trauma kits and stations in the vicinity will allow anyone on the scene to attempt to control bleeding and treat wounds. Though there has been increased awareness in recent times of high profile public incidents such as terrorist attacks, this is not the only reason to have mass casualty incident kits in public areas. If placed nearby, bleeding control equipment can also mean the difference between life and death for other more common events, such as car crashes, extreme weather events and knife crime.

What specialist training is required for trauma kits and bleed control stations?

Where haemostatic dressings and tourniquets are provided in first aid kits, the HSE states that training is required for effective and safe application. They also advise training in the use of trauma kits and their contents for specific industries including forestry, construction, agriculture, events and hospitality, and any public events where there is a risk of mass casualty incidents.