Emergency responders from communities across Northeast Massachusetts are now armed with state-of-the-art hemorrhage control kits aimed at better-preparing local departments for large-scale emergencies.
37 kits were recently distributed among the 85 Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council's member communities, which includes North Andover.
The kits, which were developed by a NERAC subcommittee chaired by Fire Chief Steve Carter of Lincoln, will be placed in all "front line apparatus" and contain tourniquets, Israeli bandages, hemostatic gauze, and other items critical to providing the damage control necessary to save lives in the immediate aftermath of an even involving explosives or ballistics.
"The idea for these kits came about in the aftermath of last years marathon," Salem Fire Chief David W. Cody said. "Every community has large scale events, some more than others, that could benefit from their first responders being more prepared with these well-designed kits."
Each Hemorrhage Control Kit Contains
- One-handed application Combat Application Tourniquet with Windlass system
- 4" Israeli Bandage (2)
- 12" x 30" Sterile Multi-Trauma Dressing/Bandage (1)
- 3" Latex Free Ace Elastic Bandage, poly wrapped with two clips (1)
- 4.5" x 4.1 yards 6 ply crinkle gauze roll - soft/high absorbent (6)
- Triangular Bandage Sling (2)
- 5" x 9" Sterile Abdominal Pads (6)
- 2" x 10 yards hyp-silk/hypoallergenic cloth surgical tape (2)
- HALO Chest Seal (1 set of 2)
- 8" x 8" Hemostatic Celox Gauze (1)
- 7.5" Medical Shears (1)