Meridian Star

New Today

June 21, 2013

Cops get tourniquet training following marathon bombings

METHUEN, Mass.. — In Iraq and Afghanistan, QuikClot agents are used by soldiers in battle to quickly stop severe bleeding.  Now  police officers are now carrying the innovative hemostatic agents, should one of their own be wounded.

At the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, tourniquets, many quickly fashioned from any clothing possible, saved many lives when two homemade bombs exploded at the finish line. City officers are now carrying tourniquets too.

All 93 officers in the Methuen  department are now learning to use QuikClot, tourniquets and other tactical training maneuvers.

Police Chief Joseph Solomon said the training blends everything from technology used by the U.S. military, the return of tourniquets to First Aid kits, to life-saving measures a police officer can take to save an injured co-worker.

“Our hope is that we never use this but if we need it, we’ll have it,” Solomon said.

Officers practiced several different ways to carry an injured police officer and how to approach and retreat safely.

“If they have to go out and actually rescue (another officer), this training shows them how to approach an officer down,” Solomon explained.

However, Solomon said the largest part of the tactical training focused on traumatic First Aid and the crucial first steps that need to be taken.

Long used by the military, QuikClot, a sponge-like gauze pressure dressing, is growing in prevalence and use among police officers across the United States. As with soldiers, QuikClot is used to stop severe bleeding from wounds.

---

Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

 

1
Text Only
New Today
Biz Marquee
New Today
Poll

Do you think the city of Meridian should aggressively enforce the city's code enforcement laws on litter, abandoned homes and overgrown lots by issuing tickets and stiff fines?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide