Police Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Injured Person

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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. 

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a-1620372796 May 07, 2021 12:33 AM
Police Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Injured Person

I read an article about this somewhere, a year or two ago. Seems to be the most important first aid one can render, along with using an auto defibrillator.
Like with stroke awareness, there's a public education effort:


a-1620372874 May 07, 2021 12:34 AM
Police Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Injured Person

"The Joint Committee to Increase Survival from Active Shooter and Intentional
Mass Casualty Events was convened by the American College of Surgeons in
response to the growing number and severity of these events. The committee
met in Hartford Connecticut and has produced a number of documents with recommendations. The documents represent the consensus opinion of a multi-disciplinary committee involving medical groups, the military, the National Security
Council, Homeland Security, the FBI, law enforcement, fire rescue, and EMS.
These recommendations have become known as the Hartford Consensus. The
overarching principle of the Hartford Consensus is that no one should die from
uncontrolled bleeding. The Hartford Consensus recommends that all citizens
learn to stop bleeding.
Further information about the Hartford Consensus and bleeding control can be
found on the website: Bleedingcontrol.org

PitLocal May 07, 2021 09:42 AM
Police Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Injured Person

Thank you SBPD! Big reminder to everyone out there that police do much more protecting and serving than all the negative media publicity and political chatter these days might make you think otherwise.

a-1620406866 May 07, 2021 10:01 AM
Police Officers Use Tourniquet to Save Injured Person

Great! They did their job, how fantastic. And the "negative media publicity" is due to those "protective" officers killing innocent people without cause and rarely seeing justice. So... they deserve the scrutiny. If only local surgeons and EMTs got these types of glowing press releases every time they saved a life by... doing their jobs.

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