New trauma response system will help to save lives in the event of a mass casualty incident
A next generation trauma response system that could save hundreds of lives in the event of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) has been showcased at a series of defence and security events.
Wolverhampton-based TyTek Group, a manufacturer of compact, pre-hospital emergency medical supplies, took two years to create PTENSYS, a system that helps transport hubs, events and sports stadia, shopping centres and large business spaces to quickly administer life-saving care to trauma victims in a mass casualty incident.
Between 2007-2016 there were 112,342 terror attacks resulting in 524,229 casualties (the population of Sheffield) across the globe* not to mention those left with psychological conditions. TyTek developed PTENSYS to meet these emergency preparedness challenges head on.
The company developed the customisable cabinets, equipped with modules of key medical equipment stored in kits that can be used to address the immediate life-threatening trauma injuries, including haemorrhaging, airway compromise, pneumothorax, burns and hypothermia.
The kits can be moved quickly to any safe point and each one folds out to provide innovative side-by-side working and their unique extendable floodlights will help visibility in smoky and badly lit environments.
“Recent medical research has revealed that there is a Platinum ten-minute period after a mass casualty incident…if you can react effectively in this time you will be able to save lives,” explained Chris Tyler, President of TyTek Industries.
“The problem is many large venues, including train stations, airports and entertainment complexes, don’t have the necessary medical supplies, or as we have seen recently the procedures in place to deal with a scenario of this magnitude.”
He continued: “PTENSYS immediately addresses these concerns. Each cabinet stores everything you would need to keep people alive after a MCI.
“We have an all-round kit, a burns kit and bleed control kits. Customers can mix and match these depending upon their requirements, but we carry out a full situation analysis and vulnerability assessment to ensure they have everything they need.”
PTENSYS was developed in partnership with the renowned Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
In addition to speed of movement and ability to create multi-working platforms, the cabinets can be customised to feature state-of-the-art monitoring technology to ensure it is tamper proof and easily located through GPS software.
Chris, who started the business in 2001 continued: “The idea for PTENSYS came from the work we do in conflict zones. It made sense to tailor it to non-military environments where civilians are experiencing military style injuries. The response has been incredible.
“We don’t just provide the cabinet and the supplies, most of which need only the most basic of first aid training to apply. We work with the client to identify the most suitable system for them and then we can arrange on-site and VR training, ongoing support and flexible purchasing/leasing options.”
He concluded: “In an ideal world you will never have to use PTENSYS. However, what it does give you is complete peace of mind and a risk mitigation strategy, knowing that should a life-threatening incident occur, everything is on-site to ensure the platinum ten minutes in pre-hospital trauma care is maximized until the emergency services are allowed to gain access to the situation.”
Example scenarios for PTENSYS:
Sports and Entertainment Venues:
Huge gatherings in sports and entertainment spaces take place daily. Sadly, we read about incidents right across the globe where fatalities and injuries have brought a stark conclusion to what should have been an enjoyable way to spend leisure time. Being prepared for situations like these, that can affect hundreds or even thousands of people is absolutely critical.
Defibrillators are placed in transport hubs as standard. With attacks on train networks, airports and the streets we walk on every day, the inclusion of PTENSYS at these sites should be equally valid. Especially as it is easily accessible and contains everything you need to keep people alive in those crucial first ten minutes after an attack.
Hotels and Tourism:
Atrocities particularly in the USA, North Africa and the Middle East have caused injuries and loss of life leading to a collapse in public confidence in terms of tourism. We understand that the safety of guests is of paramount importance and emergency preparedness of this nature will save lives.
Malls, Schools and Large Corporate Buildings:
When the very fabric of society can be penetrated, as we have seen with the Houses of Parliament in the UK, High Schools in the US and recently at YouTube HQ, for instance, we know that something significant needs to change. Safety in numbers is something we take for granted, but more than ever it is being compromised at times of work and play.
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