Almost 50 Liverpool black cab drivers have signed up to the KnifeSavers campaign, which was set up by Mr Nikhil Misra, consultant general and trauma surgeon, after seeing increasing numbers of stabbing victims being brought to Aintree Hospital, which is home to the Cheshire and Merseyside Major Trauma Centre.
The drivers received training in bleeding control from the major trauma team and now have bleeding control kits in their vehicles. The kits contain scissors, gloves, tourniquets and trauma dressings as well as military-grade gauze and chest wound sealant.
Pub Invest Group, which added the bleed packs to all its venues before Christmas, funded the packs for black cabs drivers who work in the L1, L2 and L3 areas.
Mr Misra said: “I’m delighted that the Pub Invest Group has given so much support to our campaign. By working with partners across the city like this we can really make a difference. Having so many drivers now carrying bleeding control kits has really extended the reach of our campaign and I hope that, following the training from our team, the drivers will have the confidence to intervene should they see an incident while they are on the road.”
John Hughes, Chief Executive of Liverpool Nightlife, said: “We’re committed to making sure a night out in Liverpool is as safe as it can be. It’s fantastic to see Pub Invest Group really getting behind this campaign and funding bleeding control packs not only for their venues but now for cabbies too. Bringing the taxi drivers on board was a logical next step, as they’re out at all hours in some of the busiest areas of the city. If they’re in a position to help someone who has been stabbed, they now have the kit and the specialist training that could save a life.”
A free KnifeSavers app, which gives people advice on how to stop bleeding after a stabbing, without the need for any training or kits, is available to download on all devices. Search for “knifesavers” on the App Store or Google Play.
For more information, visit: www.knifesavers.co.uk.