New Blood Control Kits coming to the Tampa Bay area could save lives

Posted at 4:32 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 16:47:34-04

TAMPA — The University of South Florida is placing more than half a dozen blood control kits around the campus in case of a mass casualty incident. 

The kits are part of the nationwide Stop the Bleed campaign that will allow an average person to help someone from bleeding out in a disaster.

The eight kits placed around campus can be used if there is a natural disaster, or in an instance such as a mass shooting or building collapse.

The red bags will be displayed in a public area like how you find AEDs hanging from different public spots.

The bags contain tourniquets, medical gauze and booklets on what to do.

The Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will be training people in the community how to use the kits, which will also be seen across Tampa Bay locations. 

Tampa General Hospital will also be offering bleeding control basics in an upcoming class on Saturday, March 31.

That date also marks National Stop the Bleed Day.

The free class will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the TGMG Lois Community Health Education Center at 2106 S. Lois Avenue in Tampa.

It's free and open to the public. 

TGH tells us bleeding is the top cause of preventable death from trauma and 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleed control basics.