On Wednesday 26th July 2017, citizenAID was delighted to participate in the London Science Museum ‘Conflict, Casualties and Care’ event.
Held as part of its ‘Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care’ exhibition in commemoration of the centenary of the momentous Battle of the Somme [1st July 1916], the event consisted of a series of talks, practical demonstrations and interactive experiences to showcase to the public what has been learnt from combat casualty care.
During the event, citizenAID team members Tim Hodgetts and Peter Joyce, took time to explain the rationale behind the citizenAID initiative, whilst showcasing a number of short films together with practical hands-on experience for the improvisation of a tourniquet to treat life-threatening limb bleeding.
Co-Founder of citizenAID Brigadier Tim Hodgetts, explained: “citizenAID takes recent lessons from combat casualty care and contextualises these for the civilian setting in order to empower the public to save lives. In this respect we are repeating history, where medical advances in war are transferred for wider civilian healthcare benefits in peace.”
Since its official launch in January 2017, the citizenAID app has been downloaded by over a quarter of a million users, quickly climbing to the number 1 spot for Medical Apps in iTunes. Its practical messaging teaches members of the public how to act in the unlikely event of a deliberate attack, enabling them to save themselves and the lives of others through simple, but effective interventions—including the use of an improvised tourniquet.
Tim added that: “Events like the Science Museum’s ‘Conflict, Casualties and Care’ provide an excellent opportunity for the citizenAID team to engage with members of the public and explain the importance of our ‘run, hide, tell, treat’ message in person.”
“Ultimately, understanding the importance of ‘being prepared, not scared’ is vital in helping the public gain a sense of control in the unlikely event of a deliberate attack, where knowledge of what to do and how to act could be the difference between saving themselves and the lives of others.”
To download the citizenAID app, please click HERE or to find out more about the London Science Museum ‘Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care’ exhibition please visit: