Inspired by a recent trip to New Orleans for EMS World Expo, Rescue Essentials donated 10 small Bleeding Control Kits to the New Orleans EMS Foundation for distribution across the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO). The donation is valued at over $1,200.
MCCNO is the sixth-largest convention center in the country and has over three million feet of meeting and exhibit space. Each year it hosts more than 125 events that bring over half a million visitors to the building. This large volume of foot traffic, combined with the growing number of active shooter incidents across the U.S., makes MCCNO an ideal location for publicly available bleeding control kits.
Much like the growth in the public placement of AEDs has contributed to a significant increase in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival over the past two decades, the White House Stop the Bleed Program aims to replicate that success in relation to active shooter incidents by placing bleeding control kits in public locations.
Each kit contains two sealed packs with a CAT tourniquet, compression/pressure dressings, shears, gloves and a marker.
The bleeding control kits were deployed in early February. All MCCNO staff will soon be provided vigilance and readiness training during which these kits will be featured. The MCCNO Department of Public Safety supports the “whole community” approach to emergency management. Their established relationship with New Orleans EMS facilitated the opportunity to integrate a community-based resource that will enhance the collective preparedness of MCCNO staff and increase the community’s resiliency.