TPD officers saving more lives with new medical kits - Tucson News Now

TPD officers saving more lives with new medical kits

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

There are 600 medical kits on the streets inside every Tucson Police patrol car.

Those kits, which have military-grade supplies, have been in those cars since late January.

Officials said since they've been in use, officers have had to use them in 23 life-or-death situations.

The kits include a pair of scissors, gloves, a turniket, blood-clotting gauze and a chest seal.

"Prior to deployment of these kits, they cars had a trauma shooting kit which had first aid supplies but the quality was poor," said Detective Jason Bredehoft.

Officer Jack Julsing told Tucson News Now he had to use the medical kit on a 17-year-old victim who had been stabbed and left in an alley.

"I ran and got the kit, put my gloves on and put a turniket on the thigh to stop the bleeding," he said.

Julsing went on to describe how he used the blood-clotting gloves to stop the oozing from the wound. Another officer told Tucson News Now how he used the kit to help a homeowner who was stabbed by an intruder. 

Officials said the kits are so successful, they will bring 500 more into the police force.

 

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