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Healthier Connections: The backpack that could save lives

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HARTFORD -- There is now a backpack that could save lives after accidents at home, animal attacks, or mass casualty events. In this Healthier Connections report, brought to you by Hartford HealthCare, Sarah Cody shows us these bags intended to increase survival during panic situations.

"Generally speaking, these things last for about 15 minutes," said Dr. Lenworth Jacobs, Director of Trauma Institute at Hartford Hospital. "If you can stay alive for 15 minutes, you’ll probably be okay."

So Hartford is becoming the first city in the country to widely deploy the "stop the bleed" kits developed by Hartford Hospital. They will be placed next to automated external defibrillators in public places. The project is led by Dr. Jacobs.

There are shears to cut off clothes, and a tourniquet to place high on a limb, over clothes. Hartford Hospital has also trained more than 200 federal, state, and local police officers for emergency situations.

Dr. Jacobs says a treatment for terrorism is an empowered, informed public and anyone can save a life.

"We want to have a resilient population that knows how to respond to things right now," he said.