Police Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Injured Person
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On May 5, 2021, at about 11 pm, a resident in the 200 block of West Sola Street called 911 to report an injury as a result of an accident inside of her home.
The accident caused the victim to suffer a significant laceration, resulting in blood spurting from her injury. Officer Sarkis arrived, and based on her training, suspected the injury to be an arterial bleed, a potential life-threatening injury.
Officer Sarkis, assisted by her teammate Officer Guzman, applied her department-issued tourniquet to the victim which stopped the bleeding. Santa Barbara City Fire Department personnel also arrived to assist. The victim was transported by medics to the hospital for further treatment.
Santa Barbara Police Officers are trained to use a variety of life-saving measures such as the application of tourniquets, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), administration of Narcan for opioid overdoses, First Aid and CPR.