• Luke O'Connor

Knife Crime First Aid

Knife crime is a major concern within the UK amongst our children and young people. Statistics show a 93% increase in young people under 16 years of age being treated for assault by a bladed weapon in the last five years.

Our schools are at the forefront of trying to educate the youngsters of society about the dangers of carrying a knife and the possible implications should a young person use a bladed weapon against a peer.

However, with the likelihood of children and young people in our communities witnessing a violent attack, are we doing enough to prepare them to help victims who may be close friends of theirs.

Here are some helpful tips that may help should the worst happen.

· Sit the person down to prevent them from falling due to a drop-in blood pressure.

· Expose the wound so that you can see what damage has been caused (this may require you to rip/cut clothing).

· Examine the wound, if there is something stuck in the wound, DO NOT remove it as it may be stemming the flow of blood.

· Apply direct pressure. If there is something in the wound apply pressure either side of the object to stem bleeding. Pressure will need to be applied for at least 10 minutes as this is how long it takes for clots to form.

Further interventions such as the use of tourniquets including improvised tourniquets may be needed to help stop catastrophic bleeding

Should you want to learn more skills to help people who have been attacked. LUPE training can provide the necessary skills and confidence to act in an emergency, contact us with us to see how we can help.

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