We recently were written by a DC Metro Police Sergeant who shared his experience utilizing his TacMed™ Convertible Drop Leg Pouch. While at his station, a man walked in suffering multiple stab wounds… Through the trachea, an eviscerating wound to the right abdomen, and a gaping wound in the back. The sergeant used almost every component in his Drop Leg, including shears, gauze, and occlusive dressings. His Drop Leg holster was open and flapping around the entire time, and he said every component stayed in place until he grabbed it for use. The victim is expected to survive with minimal long-term disability. Big thanks to this Sergeant for his lifesaving work and support.
Great work by this officer in Illinois… Officer Hayes successfully used his SOF® Tactical Tourniquet Wide on a construction worker whose right leg was almost completely amputated below the knee in an on-site accident. Officer Hayes used his tactical training to quickly assess the situation, control the loss of blood, check the patient for additional injuries, and provide comfort care to the patient until fire department personnel arrived. A big thanks to Officer Hayes for his continued hard work and dedication in the law enforcement community and support of Tactical Medical Solutions.
Lafayette Police Department officers are saying their Downed Officer Kits played a major role in the outcome of last Thursday’s shooting at the Grand Theater in Louisiana. It was the first time the kits had been used since the department received them less than six months ago. The Lafayette Police Training Coordinator said that because officers often arrive first on the scene, “the department felt it was necessary to prepare officers with hands-on training to handle extreme trauma situations. Because officers had the kits and were trained how to use them, police were able to begin treating victims inside the theater immediately.” In this case, officers were on scene and in the building within 50 seconds of receiving the call. More details can be viewed here.
Police in Bellevue, PA, applied a SOF® Tourniquet to stop the bleeding on a robbery victim who was stabbed in the arm. The victim has since been released from the hospital and had this to say regarding the incident: “If [the officer] hadn’t received that training, I wouldn’t stand here right now in front of you. My goal is to be at my daughter’s wedding in October, and he made that happen.” View the article for more details.
We recently were written about a deputy from a North Carolina Sheriff’s Office using his SOF® Tactical Tourniquet on a man who was shot multiple times by burglars. His injuries included two wounds to his left arm, severing his brachial artery. The deputy, also a TCCC instructor, arrived first on the scene well in advance of EMS. With the victim rapidly bleeding out, the deputy successfully stopped the bleeding with his tourniquet. The victim survived his injuries and is alive today thanks to the deputy’s swift actions. He continues to carry a SOF-T and encourages his peers to do the same.
Last August, a Milwaukee police officer used her SOF® Tactical Tourniquet on a victim who was shot in the left thigh, resulting in an injury with spurting red blood. She recently wrote to tell us her experience- Having received training through a TEMS course and being first on the scene, she applied her tourniquet prior to the arrival of the fire department. Now she regularly promotes the importance of tourniquets to her coworkers and new recruits when she teaches at the academy, telling them that her SOF®TT-W helped her save a life and could potentially save their own. Great work by this Milwaukee officer.
A TacMed customer recently gave great feedback about the TacMed™ Uniformed Medical Kit (UMK)- He was able to reverse an overdose with the nasal narcan he was carrying in his UMK. He said he was the only one who had it on him and probably would not have had it without the UMK. The UMK is designed so that essential medical gear can be carried on the person, allowing self-aid or buddy-aid to be provided instantly in the case of serious injury. More information on the UMK can be viewed here.
From our Facebook page: Check out this awesome video on the Louisville Metro Police Department equipping more than 1200 officers with TacMed tourniquets and medical trauma kits. Officers have already saved four lives in the last month with the new equipment.
We received this article today noting the benefit of first-aid kits for law enforcement officers: saving lives. Because they are often the first on the scene, their being properly trained and equipped is essential.