A Las Vegas outdoor country music concert became the scene of the deadliest mass shooting s in U.S. history. A lone gunman rained down automatic gunfire from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel into the crowd of 22,000 concert goers killing 58 and wounding 527.
It is sad to see that we have come to a day when a deadly shooting can happen anywhere, at anytime. While we never imagined such scenes would play out in our country, but we can no longer ignore the need to be prepared for them. Bleeding control kits needs to become as ubiquitous as first aid kits in every venue: stadiums, parks, restaurants, theaters, schools, churches, airports, and businesses of all sizes. These kits need to include tourniquets, blood clotting gauze, chest seals, bandages, and other bleeding control supplies.
In a mass shooting, first responders cannot attend to everyone at once. A person can bleed to death in less than 5 minutes. This means that mass shooter kits with bleeding control supplies need to be readily available to on site responders and bystanders. Even individuals should keep with them basic bleeding control kits in purses or backpacks, in their vehicles, in their workspace, and when traveling.
In an active shooter or stabber situation, the best chance to save lives once people are critically injured is to be able to stop them from bleeding to death before further medical care can be provided. The Red Cross has urged that all first aid kits be upgraded to include tourniquets and blood clotting gauze. These are no longer items to be carried only in battlefield trauma kits.
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