Bars and nightclubs around London have received bleed control kits from the police due to a spike in knife crimes.

The police distributed 320 kits, which include “trauma bandages, tourniquets and adhesive chest seals.”

London Police Chief Superintendent David Lawes described the kits as “simple,” but “can make a big difference.” If someone with massive bleeding does not receive help right away he or she will die.

The City of London Police worked on the kits with the Daniel Baird Foundation. Lynne Baird named the foundation after her son who died after a stranger stabbed him to death.

Lynne believes this kit could have saved her son. Daniel perished “shortly after arriving at [the] hospital due to catastrophic bleeding.”

Officials stated an ambulance arrives at an emergency in seven minutes. Those bleeding from serious injuries can die in three to five minutes.

Prometheus Medical, which developed the kits, provided training to employees at the bars and nightclubs.

Shawn Bewick, general manager at Slug & Lettuce, had no problem learning to use the kits. He thinks “he could pass on the skills to his staff.”

The United Kingdom has witnessed an increase in knife attacks:

Data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in June showed that there were 43,516 police-recorded offenses involving a knife or sharp instrument in 2018-19, the highest figure since such records began in 2011 and an 8 percent increase from the previous year.

Hospital admissions for all injuries caused by an assault with a knife or sharp object have gone up by almost a third since 2013, to 4,986 last year, according to NHS England.

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