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Tourniquets & IPOKs for Law Enforcement Officers

Organized by: Adam Lawrence

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Every 58 hours a Law Enforcement Officer loses their life in the line of duty. Every 2 hours an Officer is assaulted in the line of duty.

The men and women, husbands and wives, sons and daughters working in Law Enforcement are dedicating their lives to serving the community. Sadly, all too often, they are making the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. An officer in this country has one of the most difficult jobs to do and the danger that comes with it is astounding. There is one simple tool that if made available to the officer could save their lives or it could save yours.

My name is Adam. I am a Corporal on Uniform Patrol and have worked as a Police Officer for the last 6 years. I have seen many difficult things in my career and have seen and read where the application of a tourniquet after a injury has saved many peoples life. Sadly, I have also seen officers and citizens alike that have lost their lives when the application of a tourniquet or the use of the items in a Individual Patrol Officers Kit (IPOK) would have likely saved them.

The tourniquet is has been proven time and time again to save lives. The Boston Marathon Bombing was a very real example of how the use of the tourniquet saved lives. This incident prompted the entire first responder community to be issued tourniquets.

It is a HUGE benefit, to have an officer worn tourniquet, not only for the officer but for everyone. As an officer I have seen some very severe injuries and I know my fellow officers across the nation have seen the same. The potential for the tourniquet to be used on another is great and the likelihood of saving that persons life is only increased by the proper application of the tourniquet. In addition to the officer worn tourniquet, the contents of the IPOK only increases the resources available to the officer to help stop bleeding.

Statistically, when a tourniquet is used in the pre-hospital setting:
• 87% of patients with a tourniquet applied survived
• 96% survival rate if applied before shock
• 4% survival rate if applied after shock presents

What I plan on supplying with the donations?
100 - C-A-T (combat action tourniquet) Tourniquets with kydex belt holders

100 - IPOK (individual patrol officers kit)
The IPOK kit includes:
• 2 x Black Talon® Nitrile Trauma Gloves (1 pr.)
• 1 x C-A-T® (Combat Application Tourniquet®)
• 1 x Flat Z-Fold Gauze™
• 1 x Flat ETD™ 4 in. Emergency Trauma Dressing

The individual belt worn tourniquets will be purchased first as it is more likely that an officer will be away from his vehicle when an incident occurs and precious time is spent running back to the car to retrieve the tourniquet.

The IPOK is a great resource for every patrol officer to have. It allows to officer to address the wounds that are serious but that may not require a tourniquet. This package contains items that will help control bleeding.

These items will be donated to our local law enforcement agencies.

Hopefully this will be a great success and I can expand the donations to a higher number of officers.

If the ultimate goal is not reached I will purchase as many kits as possible with the funds and I will personally contribute any remaining amount to purchase the one last item.

The sad reality is that some agencies can not afford to supply their officers with these life saving items. The generous donation received will go to providing a proven life saving tool to the Officers working in local communities. The donation from you might not just save the life of an Officer you never met, but the very same donation could go to saving the life of you or your loved one.




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