Friday, April 23, 2010

Medical

Often we are the first to arrive at many medical emergencies. It is important that we know first aid and are able to give the proper medical attention for common medical situations. One of the most common and dangerous situations is a victim with heavy bleeding. We have to have the proper first aid supplies in our vehicle and we need to take them out when there is a potential to use them.

There are several methods to control bleeding. Most bleeding can be controlled by direct pressure on the injury. Use a sterile dressing and place it directly on the wound. Press firmly on the wound. Wear protective gloves to keep the victims blood from contacting your skin. Hold the bandage over the wound until the paramedics can arrive and take over. In some cases you can even have the victim hold the pressure on the wound. That will free you up to help other victims.

Elevating the wounded area can reduce blood flow to the area. An injured hand, arm or leg can be raised up above heart level to slow the bleeding. In an extreme injury, a tourniquet can be used, particularly in a traumatic amputation. Even when the paramedics are only a couple minutes away, we can save lives by using these few techniques; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
In a city like ours with SINGLE officers in cruisers, I can really see the need to know some EMT basics.

That also makes a much better case for having TWO-OFFICER cruisers, because at any given time (or scene) ONE offcier can be administering aid to a victim before EMS arrives, while the OTHER officer can control the "lookie-loos" on scene, while awaiting a backup car.
It makes good sense...anyway you shake it.

STay safe.

Protect_and_Serve said...

I think all sworn Cops should be EMT qualified. They could cut out all the touchy-feely-politicaly correct classes at the academy and have plenty of time for EMT certification.

Bunkermeister said...

We all have been first on medical emergencies and I have waited fifteen minutes or more for paramedics, and I am in the big city.

Bunkermeister said...

In Japan police train for two years. I think police training could easily take a year and should include EMT training.