Military medical supplies in use in Surrey parks

A first-aid treatment which saved soldiers' lives in Afghanistan and Iraq is being introduced in Guildford parks.

Celox granules, which mix with blood to form a clot-like barrier to stop bleeding within 30 seconds, will be carried by parks staff in the Surrey town who use chainsaws.

They will carry 35g packs in their vehicle first aid kits and the council is also providing 15g packs which can fit in operatives' pockets.

The Celox packs will add an extra layer of protection to the protective clothing and footwear worn by staff.

They also receive specialist first aid training from St John's Ambulance.

Executive head of environment James Whiteman said that safer working for parks staff was a top priority for the council.

Celox was developed by Medtrade Products to help military medics and is carried in British Army trauma kits.

Head of marketing at Celox Chris Marsden said: "Celox has saved lives in Afghanistan and in horrific injury in the UK. Rapid treatment of this kind of incident is vital and the council is showing real foresight in training and equipping employees with a modern first response product."

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