While Tucson Police officers, for the last ten years, have carried trauma kits in their patrol cars, due to improvements in medical technology and trauma care, TPD officials decided new kits were needed.
More than 600 of the new individual first aid kits (IFAK) are expected to be disbursed to TPD officers and sergeants in the next few days.
The new kits were created with help from the Tucson Fire Department, EMT-B police personnel and Dr. Christopher Tarr. The new IFAK will cover any gaps there are between when a medical emergency happens and the arrival of Tucson Fire Personnel. IFAKs will be especially helpful when a situation is not secure enough for fire personnel to assist, officers will have the tools to provide the potentially life-saving trauma care the injured person would need.
New IFAK kits contain items that deal with the three major causes for preventable death – extreme bleeding, air trapped between the lungs and the chest wall and airway restrictions. More than 80 percent of deaths related to these causes can be prevented with the help of these IFAK.
The most notable use of TPD use of an IFAK was during the January 8, 2011 mass shooting.
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