Chicago officials have announced that they will be installing “Stop the Bleed” kits in all city buildings as part of a program to prevent bleeding fatalities.
Over 550 “Stop the Bleed” Kits Installed
The City of Chicago’s Department of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) announced the program on March 1, 2022. Under the city’s expansion of its Safe Chicago initiative, more residents and visitors will have access to “Stop the Bleed” kits. Over 550 of these kits have been installed in more than 350 municipal buildings, including at City Hall, Navy Pier, the Chicago Cultural Center, and public libraries.
Each “Stop the Bleed” kit contains a tourniquet, gauze, scissors, gloves, and an instruction manual. The kits will also feature a sticker with a QR code that links to an online interactive course.
Additionally, Safe Chicago will be offering in-person training opportunities for municipal employees who want to learn the lifesaving techniques demonstrated in “Stop the Bleed” courses. Participants in these courses will gain the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and intervene effectively. These courses include both a lecture and a hands-on skills portion.
Members of the public can also take virtual or interactive “Stop the Bleed” courses to fulfill the lecture requirement.
Most Preventable Traumatic Deaths Involve Bleeding
The “Stop the Bleed” program emphasizes three steps to control bleeding: applying direct pressure, packing a wound, or wrapping a tourniquet. With those techniques, “anyone can become an immediate responder and potentially be the difference between life and death for someone who is bleeding,” said an OEMC representative. At least one study found that the majority of preventable deaths after trauma are related to bleeding, some of which have led to personal injury attorneys filing lawsuits on behalf of surviving family.
Safe Chicago is a public safety program launched by the OEMC in partnership with the Chicago Fire Department, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Department of Assets, Information & Services, and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, which created “Stop the Bleed” in 2015. The program has trained more than 1.5 million people across the United States to date.
Justice for the Traumatically Injured
“Stop the Bleed” is a positive step in preventing needless death from traumatic injury. Unfortunately, though, traumatic injuries will still occur. When these injuries are the result of somebody else’s negligent actions, the victim could potentially recover financial damages from the at-fault party. If this has happened to you and you want to increase your chances of obtaining full and fair compensation, reach out to GWC Injury Lawyers LLC.
With more than $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois. No other plaintiff firm in the state is more respected – or more feared – by its adversaries, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation you need to help get you and your family the justice you deserve.