The Boston Marathon Bombing: When Passion and Courage Were Tested Beyond the Finish Line.

Boston Marathon bombing

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings.
We would like to share with you a story about tragedy, inspiration, and innovation. On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, and injuring more than 260 others. The attack shocked the world and left many wondering how they could help prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

One of the lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing was the critical importance of quick and effective treatment for victims with severe bleeding. In the chaos and confusion of the attack, many of the victims suffered from traumatic injuries that required immediate attention. First responders and medical personnel on the scene did an incredible job of saving lives, but they also identified a need for better tools and techniques to stop bleeding quickly and effectively.

This is where the story of the RapidStop® Tourniquet begins.

Inspired by the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing. Among the spectators of the marathon were two engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). They saw first-hand, the carnage and challenges faced when trying to help stop the bleed.

The engineers approached Aero Healthcare, who are known worldwide for their life-saving medical products. Rising to the challenge, the Aero product development team used their experience with the Military, Police and Fire Services throughout the UK to develop the tourniquet further, ensuring our innovation was truly ‘Intuitive, Strong & Lifesaving’ and creating the world’s fastest tourniquet, the RapidStop.

RapidStop Tourniquets

The RapidStop® Tourniquet is specifically designed to work fast and can be applied in three quick steps. Simple directions are stitched to the product using waterproof vinyl tags, in addition to being supplied on pocket cards and in video format. And most importantly the application is fast especially in instances, where severely injured individuals may only have 60 seconds before they become unconscious.
The tourniquet has been tested in real-world scenarios, including combat zones and mass casualty incidents, and has been shown to be highly effective.

It’s important to note that the RapidStop Tourniquet is not just a product of innovation, but also of inspiration. The tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombing sparked a desire to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by traumatic injuries. The RapidStop Tourniquet is a testament to the resilience and determination of those who refuse to let tragedy defeat them.

If you would like to learn more about the RapidStop® Tourniquet, please contact us.

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