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.
Saving lives is not the sole domain of Paramedics or Tactical Medics. Preparing Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) to perform basic live-saving procedures in the field can pay huge dividends if faced the challenge of saving a life–theirs or a citizen’s.
Had the Gainesville Police and Alachua County Sheriff’s Departments in Florida assumed the position that “Medics do Medicine” by not implementing this program, this story would have ended differently.
We just received the NTOA Member Test reviews for the Olaes Modular Bandage and the Foxtrot Litter, in which both products were rated on a 5 point system. They both were rated very well–4.74 and 4.7, respectively. Please feel free to download a copy of the Olaes Modular Bandage NTOA review and the Foxtrot Litter NTOA review.
Should you be concerned with carrying an effective tourniquet? We think so. Short transport times do not stop bleeding, effective tourniquets do. In fact, studies have shown that ineffective tourniquets can INCREASE your rate of bleeding. If you think a short transport time is a given, or that tourniquet effectiveness is a small concern, then read the below email we received from an NY State officer and the corresponding NY Times article(nytimesarticle1.pdf):
“I thought you might like to know, that your product, the SOF tqt was utilized successfully on 4/25/07. While conducting a search of a residence located in a rural area of upstate NY, several of my teammates came under fire from a subject armed with a 30.30 rifle, and a 22 cal pistol. One operator was struck by a 30.30 rifle round in his L/distal humerous. As the round passed through the operator’s arm, approximately 2” of his distal humerous was completely blown out, along with a large amount of soft tissue.
The brachial artery was also severed. After retreating to a position of cover, the operator attempted self-aid by applying an SOF tqt superior to the wound. After being assisted by another operator, the tqt was properly applied, and the operator was able to successfully tamponade the severed artery. The wounded operator was evacuated and airlifted to a regional trauma center, and he remains in stable condition (he’s going to need several more surgeries, but it looks like he is going to keep his arm) The trauma doc stated that the application of the Tqt probably saved the operator’s life. I’m attempting to convince my supervisors to purchase apprx 100 more of tyour SOF tqts. Thanks.”
Should you be concerned with carrying a tourniquet and its effectiveness?
Next time, we will address tourniquets and scientific studies.