Lifesaving bleed control kit installed at busy railway station

The kit contains instructions on how to help someone bleeding heavily with equipment to stem blood flow.

Lifesaving bleed control kit installed at Edinburgh Haymarket railway station ScotRail

A new potentially lifesaving public access bleed control kit has been installed at an Edinburgh railway station.

The equipment contains instructions on how to help someone who is bleeding heavily and includes medical supplies to stem blood flow by sealing, wrapping, or packing wounds until paramedics arrive. 

Located on the concourse between Haymarket station’s two main entrances, the kit is visible and easily accessible to both the public and railway staff.  

The apparatus was donated by The Daniel Baird Foundation Charity, which was set up by Lynn Baird MBE after her son, Daniel, was fatally stabbed in July 2017 outside a pub in Birmingham.  

The charity works to raise the awareness of how bleed control kits can save the lives of those suffering from heavy blood loss.

David Lister, ScotRail safety, engineering, sustainability director, said: “While the railway is a safe place from serious crime, a high number of people pass through the station each day who will see the kit, and will know where it is located, if needed. 

“I hope that we will never have to use the bleed kit, but together with the station’s defibrillator, it provides members of the public, and railway staff, and access to vital equipment that could potentially save someone’s life.” 

Miles Hamilton, fundraiser for the Daniel Baird Foundation, said: “This installation of the bleed control kit at Haymarket station has increased the number of public access bleed kits in Scotland to four.  

“One of kits in Scotland has already been used to save a life, which proves just how incredibly important they are.”

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