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A groundbreaking pilot study of more than 9,700 officers, aimed at determining whether it’s feasible to establish a national reporting system for police injuries, has revealed a wealth of intriguing facts about LEOs hurt on duty.
Among the highlights:
Perhaps most important long range, according to one of the researchers involved, this preliminary study confirms that with adequate funding a nationwide reporting system for law enforcement injuries, comparable to the FBI’s ongoing LEOKA tally of felonious fatalities, could be put in place, with significant benefits for training and officer safety.
What training have you received for controlling hemorrhaging from wounds to yourself or fellow officers?
What equipment do you carry for such a challenge?
What field experiences have you had where controlling blood loss was critical before the arrival of EMS?
These are among some 40 questions posed in a new online, confidential survey that aims ultimately to save officer lives by better understanding the methods and need for bleeding control in law enforcement circumstances.
YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO PARTICIPATE AT www.surveymonkey.com/s/LMFMG6R
All questions are easy to answer and participation is anonymous.
Tactical Combat Casualty Care is the current US military protocol for treating battlefield injuries. I’ve written previously about how to adapt the military’s protocol for care under fire into something that law enforcement can use for self-care in dangerous situations.
I posted a review of the book Beating the Reaper: Trauma Medicine for the CCW Operator at GunsHolstersAndGear.com. The book, as you might guess, is geared toward citizens who carry a firearm for self-defense. Though it is now specific for law enforcement, the principles are the same, and it is worth a read if you’ve never had any training for this.
The book was co-authored by Dr. John Meade and a special operations medic using the pen name of Sua Sponte. Meade is an experienced emergency physician, EMS director and reserve police officer. He serves on his department’s SWAT team and trains SWAT medics. So, these guys are the real deal.
The Israeli bandage is something every police officer should have in his or her bail out bag. It allows the officer to quickly apply a very effective pressure bandage to themselves or to a fellow officer who has been wounded.
Israeli bandages are inexpensive, and even if your department does not issue them (they probably don’t), you should shell out the $6-8 and get one. Actually, you should get several and practice with one.
The application is straightforward, but the folks at ITS Tactical put together a great video on the proper application of an Israeli-style compression bandage:
Adventure Medical Kits’ Trauma Pak with QuikClot is a recent offering that is an important addition to the patrol car, bailout bag, or go-vest.
AMK markets a line of first aid products designed for outdoor adventures and travelers. Their first aid kits are combinations of items tailor-made for different users’ needs from outdoor sport to professional.
The Trauma Pak with QuikClot is a 6” X 6” X .25” pouch which contains enough medical items for single-use emergency bleeding wound care, or for the treatment of a fracture, sprain, or a “sucking chest wound.”
I like this kit because it is small enough in size to be stowed in a BDU cargo pocket, but contains basic gun shot wound necessities. The thick plastic pouch is waterproof, re-sealable, and can be used as a biohazard bag after the incident. The entire kit weighs 10 ounces.