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The Public Access Trauma (PAcT) First Aid Kit: What Business Owners Need to Know

The Public Access Trauma (PAcT) First Aid Kit: What Business Owners Need to Know

The Public Access Trauma (PAcT) First Aid Kit: What Business Owners Need to Know

On the 22nd of May 2017, the Manchester Arena Bombing shook the foundations of not just the UK but the entire world. The attack took the lives of 22 people, the youngest being just eight years old. In total 1,017 people were injured by the blast of the bomb, made with nuts and bolts to act as shrapnel.

The attack had a drastic effect on Manchester hospitals and emergency services. Eight hospitals across Manchester were filled with casualties as doctors worked back to back shifts to tend to critically injured victims. Meanwhile, other injured people waited at the scene of the attack for hours to be tended to by paramedics.

Recent terror attacks, including the Manchester Arena Bombing, have shown members of the public to be forthcoming with help and support to those around them. Having access to first aid supplies during or immediately after a terror attack can increase someone’s chances of recovery and survival.

In response, the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, in collaboration with St John Ambulance and citizenAID, has launched a Public Access Trauma (PAcT) First Aid Kit. The kit is designed to support members of the public with first aid for terrorism-related injuries when emergency services aren’t nearby.

In this article, we’ll cover exactly what you need to do as a business owner or operator to prepare a first aid response for a terror attack.

The PAcT First Aid Kit

The PAcT First Aid Kit has been designed to offer essential first aid for terror attacks. The kit takes into consideration the potential severity of injuries, such as deep cuts, loss of limbs, and laboured breathing, as well as the state of the first aid provider.

Benefits of PaCT First Aid Kit:

Can be used by an injured person to treat themself.
Designed to be used by anyone, even young people and people who have had no medical training.
Are recognised by emergency services UK-wide, helping them to form part of a paramedic’s first aid response.
Supports the treatment of life-threatening injuries including major bleeding, unresponsiveness, and irregular or absent breathing.

PaCT First Aid Kit is available to order and we’ll deliver it directly to your business.

Find out what else you can do with a PaCT First Aid Kit from the UK government.

How can businesses prepare?

Both private and public sector businesses have been strongly recommended by NaCTSO and the UK government to “enhance their first aid preparedness and response planning, so it takes into account the likely injuries as the result of a malicious event, such as a terrorist attack”

While the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require that employers provide adequate equipment and facilities to their staff in the event of a first aid emergency, there isn’t yet a legal requirement to offer publicly available first aid supplies. Together with the HSE strongly recommending non-employees be included in first aid assessment and provision, the introduction of the PaCT First Aid Kit is the first step in changing this legislation. 

When it comes to offering first aid, being prepared is sometimes the difference between life and death. Equip your business with a PaCT kit now and make sure you can offer people essential support when they need it the most.

The PaCT First Aid Kit is available for to order now from Steroplast 

Watch this video to find out about NaCTSO guidance for administering first aid during a terrorist attack. 


The British Standard Critical Injury Kit

While the PaCT First Aid Kit is an important new addition to first aid for businesses, a British Standard (BS8599-1:2019) Critical Injury First Aid Kit meets BSI criteria to provide first aid support in the event of severe trauma or injury.

The HSE requires all business owners to conduct risk assessments to determine what first aid provisions they need to provide. A Critical Injury First Aid Kit should be provided in high-risk work environments where a major injury is more likely, such as:

  • Warehouses and factories
  • Waste management plants
  • Tree surgery
  • Machinery operation
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Construction
  • Mining

A Critical Injury First Aid Kit is also suitable for treating injuries resulting from terrorist attacks, mass-casualty accidents, and major workplace accidents such as the loss of a limb. As a result, many businesses are equipped with a BS8599-1:2019 Critical Injury First Aid Kit in the event of a major accident or emergency.

The Steroplast BS8599-1:2019 Critical Injury First Aid Kit

The Critical Injury First Aid Kit includes easy to follow instructions to assist anyone in a stressful situation, even those without medical training. It is also specifically designed to stop or reduce severe bleeding such as that from a lost limb or stabbing. This kit can help save a life in the event of a traumatic injury.

The includes:

  • 2 x Chito-Sam Haemostatic Dressing
  • 1 x Foil Blanket
  • 1 x First Aid Guidance Leaflet
  • 2 x Pair of Gloves
  • 2 x Trauma Dressing
  • 1 x S.T.A.T. Tourniquet
  • 1 x Tuff Cut Scissors

What is ‘British Standard’ and Why Does it Matter? 

The British Standard for Workplace First Aid Kits (BS8599-1:2019) takes into consideration the most up to date technologies, environmental risks, and workplace practices to determine what the minimum requirements for workplace first aid should be.

If you are the owner or operator of a UK business it is a legal requirement that you conduct a first aid needs assessment and supply your facilities with appropriate first aid. When sourcing a workplace first aid kit look for one that conforms with British Standard BS8599-1:2019 as this means it meets high standards of quality and has been approved to effectively support employees who need immediate medical attention.

A Critical Injury First Aid Kit should go alongside a standard BS8599-1:2019 Workplace First Aid Kit, used to treat minor and more common injuries. Order first aid kits for workplaces of any size, in any sector from Steroplast Healthcare. Call us on 0161 902 3030 if you’re not sure which first aid kit you need.

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