Officers with the Savannah Police Department are training Monday morning with bleed control kits, thanks to Memorial Health.
The healthcare center donated the kits to the department with the hope of giving officers a tool that could potentially save lives, according to a release.
“The number one cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding,” said Dr. James Dunne, chief of trauma services at Memorial Health. “If patients don’t get transported to definitive care in time, they can easily bleed to death at the scene. We want to provide our EMS and police officers with resources to be able to hopefully stop that bleeding, or at least slow it down, to buy that individual time to get to definitive care.”
A total of 518 bleed control kits were donated and are intended for use at the scene of a traumatic injury. Each kit contains tourniquets, packing material and other supplies need to control bleeding.
Monday's hour-long training session was given by the trauma team at Parker's Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial Health University Medical Center. Officers learned about the kits' content and practiced on their co-workers in both light and dark conditions, according to the release.
In certain situations, EMS may not be able to get to the scene right away. The kits will give officers a first line of defense to keep patients stable until medical help arrives. Just a few extra minutes could be the difference between life and death.
“We want to thank Memorial Health for the training and the bleed control kits,” said Assistant Chief Robert Gavin. “We know these kits can make a difference in numerous critical incidents where our officers are the first on the scene. It all comes down to saving lives. That’s our goal every day and these kits will only enhance our ability to do that. It’s another tool in our tool kit.”
Officers will continue to train until Wednesday, where they will leave with their kits ready for use in the field.