In an effort to reduce the number of fatalities from mass casualty events, the White House Administration is leading a campaign to make emergency kits stocked with tourniquets and other hemorrhage control equipment, as commonplace as heart defibrillators (AEDs) in U.S. schools, airports, stadiums, and other public places. PerSys Medical recommends all public facilities contain some form of hemorrhage control, even for civilian and first responders.
Recently, Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina placed over 150 hemorrhage control kits – which include tourniquets – throughout terminals, baggage claim, and security checkpoints. Similarly, schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, and New York have placed tourniquets in classrooms and school offices, and provided training for teachers and nurses on proper tourniquets usage.
The White House sees this as a public-education campaign, similar to efforts persuading civilians to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation. At present, the hemorrhage control kit campaign is in its infancy, however, the ultimate goal is for tourniquet use and public availability to become as commonplace and heart defibrillators.