Cubs install kits at Wrigley Field in event of bleeding emergencies

applied tourniquet
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The Chicago Cubs have become the first MLB team to install medical devices that can stop profuse bleeding.

They’ve also trained several staff members to use the STOP THE BLEED® kits, which are installed around Wrigley Field. The devices inside them, including tourniquets, can be used to stop a bleeding emergency.

The American College of Surgeons hopes that the kits will eventually be installed at all MLB ballparks. Like the portable defibrillators that have become increasingly common in public settings, STOP THE BLEED® kits can prevent needless deaths, officials say.

It is estimated that 57% of civilian deaths from blood loss could have been prevented if proper bleeding control techniques were applied, according to a news release.

“A bleeding emergency can occur at any time without warning.
The Cubs are setting an important example for all teams and stadiums across the United States,” ACS Executive Director & CEO Patricia L. Turner said.

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