Law enforcement officers face unique risks of injury every day, ranging from gun shot and stab wounds to motor vehicle accidents and blunt force injuries. Often, these injuries require immediate treatment in the field and there may not be time to wait for an EMS team to arrive. In addition, police are often the first responders on the scene to help the injured public.
While some police departments have embraced the support of tactical emergency medical teams, this is usually reserved for their SWAT (special weapons and tactics) units. However, while SWAT teams do face significant risk, it is usually for only short periods of time, whereas many other police and other law enforcement officers are facing risks and responding to civilian injuries on a daily basis.
Police officers on the scene, trained and equipped with the right trauma and resuscitation devices, can serve as the first line of treatment for themselves, their fellow officers and injured civilians before EMS arrives.
A 2012 article in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services by Andrew N. Pfeffer, MD stated that, "Today, all U.S. military soldiers entering combat do so with standardized individual first aid kits (IFAKs) that have proven success in improving survival after injury on the battlefield. Our department felt that similar success could be achieved in the civilian sector by issuing kits to our street level police officers."
These individual first aid kids could include medical devices designed to prevent bleeding and hemorrhaging and stabilize pelvic fractures. For officers with advanced training, their kits could also include devices developed to supply important fluids and medications into the blood stream.
Pyng Medical develops award-winning Sternal IO, pelvic stabilization and tourniquet medical devices designed and proven to help law enforcement officers stop blood flow, stabilize pelvic fractures and quickly administer fluids and medications into the blood stream.
All of these devices have been designed to be as compact as possible to fit in vehicles and medical bags, and can be quickly and easily administered or applied by a single police officer or first responder in the field. In addition, the MATResponder tourniquet is uniquely designed for a first responder to apply to him or herself to stop blood flow in the event they themselves are injured.
With advanced training, police officers in the field can stabilize blood pressure and administer fuids & medication into the blood stream using intraosseous (IO) infusion.
For more than 13 years, the US military has used the Sternal route for IO.
With easy site location, automatic depth control, and an all-in-one design requiring no batteries, drilling or choosing needles, FASTResponder is always ready to go when you are, and is simple to learn and easy to deploy in the field. In addition, the low profile tubing means your IV is more secure and hard to dislodge during transport.
Law enforcement officers are often first on the scene at motor vehicle accidents where the risk of fractures is high. In addition, police face the real risk of fractures from falls or blunt force trauma. Pelvic fractures are particularly life threatening and require immediate stabilization.
Designed with a unique pulley system, the compact and lightweight T-PODResponder Pelvic Stabilization device provides even circumferential, symmetrical compression, is one-size-fits-all and can be applied by a single police officer in the field.
100% radiolucent, the device can stay on for all radiological procedures including MRI, X-Ray and CAT scans.
Police officers in the field face risks, such as stab wounds, that can cause severe blood loss and hemorrhaging. The MATResponder & MATResponder Elite Tourniquets are designed to be self applied by a single officer in the field.
This tourniquet is based on the award-winning design of the MAT Tourniquet, which was originally developed to meet the stringent requirements of the Department of Defence, and recommended in three independent military studies. MATResponder can be quickly applied in the field to all limbs with one hand, and features a mechanical ratchet system to provide safe compression in controlled increments.
The MATResponder Elite™ tourniquet includes additional safety features to protect the tourniquet from damage or dislodging in confined spaces or high risk transport situations.