Smartphone app could teach Brits how to save lives in a terror attack

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An award-winning medical assistance app now includes step by step instructions on how to treat someone injured in a terror attack.

CitizensAid launched the enterprise after a study during the 'Stop the Bleed' campaign revealed that despite the fact that the majority of people were that a person can bleed out before professional help arrives only a quarter knew how to prevent it.

The instructions contain options of what to do during a knife attack, active shooter, explosion or vehicle attack.

But it also includes information on how to report the incident, who to treat first, how to treat and then how to deliver crucial handover instructions to medical experts when they arrive.

As a result of the study by TyTek Medical in partnership with citizenAID, calls are now being made to increase training and awareness of the three simple actions you can immediately take in the event of severe bleed, such as pressure with hands, dressing and press and how to apply a tourniquet.

Tyek Medical Director, Matt Eccles said: "Our results demonstrate there is a stark disconnect between knowing the risks and being able to mitigate them.

“With the pandemic restrictions being lowered, we will increasingly see people moving around and crowds returning to sports and entertainment venues, transport hubs, shopping centres and in the workplace.

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“It has never been more important to be educated, equipped and empowered to treat a catastrophic bleed and save lives and we want to use ‘Stop the Bleed Awareness Day’ to urge Government to do more to make training readily available and for organisations to invest in making life-saving equipment easy to access.”

Andrew Thurgood, Chair & Co-founder of citizenAID said that they were pleased to be part of the research that could save lives.

He said: "We are delighted to be part of this interesting survey and the results clearly demonstrate that there remains a real need to educate and empower the public in how to stop bleeding – thus saving a life."

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The news comes ahead of the four-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

On May 22, 2017, a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb as people were leaving the venue following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.

Twenty-three people died, including the attacker, and more than 800 were wounded, some of them children.

To download the app visit the App Store or Google Play.

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