Deliberate attacks on the public are an unfortunate feature of today’s society, whether attributed to terrorism, criminal behaviour or mental ill health. The spate of terrorist attacks across Europe in 2015 and 2016 stimulated a group of experienced military clinicians in UK to ensure that lessons that have been learned in recent conflicts can be applied by the public. This is the citizenAID initiative. It is a blend of public safety information, incident management principles and pragmatic first aid for the critically injured. citizenAID is a charity in UK and provides a free app for the public and web-based information (www.citizenaid.org). It has developed age-specific materials for use in schools. The initiative has won three national awards for innovation, business resilience and counter-terrorism. citizenAID is now partnering with multiple countries to spread the learning to a wider public audience.
The presentation will chart the imperative and history of citizenAID, the challenges faced (including encouraging the use of tourniquets in first aid) and the components of the system.