|Mikey Gilbert, Nathan Britton and Matty Barlow with the Adam’s Angels Bleed Control Kit – photo by Ste Cunningham.
The Widnes Wild club has been presented with an Emergency Blood Loss Kit courtesy of the “Adam’s Angels” appeal.
The appeal was launched by Erin Rose of ER Sports Therapy who currently works with NIHL team Romford Raiders, in memory of Nottingham Panthers player Adam Johnson who died after suffering a cut to his neck during an Elite League match against Sheffield Steelers in October 2023.
The aim of Adam’s Angels has been to provide a catastrophic bleed kit to every men’s, women's, junior and para club in the country to help guard against such an incident in the future.
The kits have been funded by a combination of public donations and company sponsorship with over £3000 having been raised so far. Further donations are welcome via Erin Rose’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ErinRose77
The bleed kits are supplied by Turtle Engineering Ltd who also manufacture Defibrillator Cabinets and other emergency medical equipment. They are designed to be highly portable and easily identifiable in the case of an emergency.
The emergency bleed control kit was developed by West Midlands Ambulance Service, leading consultants from the Trauma Network and the Daniel Baird Foundation* to provide a kit of medical equipment that can be easily used by the public but can also control a catastrophic bleed. The kits are widely used across the country and have been used on several occasions to save a patient’s life.
According to the Turtle website (www.turtledefibcabinets.co.uk), each kit contains:
Large Trauma Dressing – Designed to control moderate bleeding
ChitoGauze® XR Pro – A haemostatic gauze dressing that is very effective, designed to control moderate to very severe haemorrhage
Fox Seal Chest Seal – An innovative dressing for emergency management of penetrating chest wounds
Tourniquet – Easy to use tourniquet for stopping the flow of blood to the arms or legs
2 pairs of disposable Gloves – Personal protection
Scissors – Emergency sheers for quickly and effectively removing clothes
Emergency Foil Blanket – keeps patient warm and protected from the elements
CPR Face Mask – If CPR is required the face shield protects the user
Marker Pen – Used to note the time a tourniquet is applied – this is important when a hospital come to remove it later
The kit comes with basic instructions for the lay person to have a straightforward understanding of the equipment included, and where/how to apply.
*The Daniel Baird Foundation was established in memory of Daniel Baird. Daniel was just 26 years of age when he was fatally stabbed in Birmingham in July 2017, following a night out with friends, in an area where no bleed control kit or trauma pack was at hand to use. The family of Daniel Baird believe that, had there been a publicly accessible bleed control pack available, Daniel’s life may not have been cut so short.