CCEMS Trains HCSO Officers to Stop The Bleed

Over a ten day period, Cypress Creek EMS taught 147 Harris County Sheriff’s Deputies how to Stop the Bleed with modern Combat Application Tourniquets (CAT) and by packing wounds with gauze or whatever material is available. The officers from HCSO Districts 1 and 5 can use the skills they learned to save lives, even their own.

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A person with a severe hemorrhage from an artery can bleed out and die in as little as three minutes. It is critical to survival that someone Stop The Bleed as soon as possible. Police are often first on the scene, whether it’s a shooting, a stabbing, or a car accident that results in severe hemorrhage. This training gave them the knowledge they need to stop or, at least, slow down the bleeding until a paramedic arrives.

CCEMS also trains the Fire Department personnel within our coverage area in case they reach a scene first. And, CCEMS trains every new police academy class at U of H Downtown.

For police officers, this training is important for their survival as well. Typically, officers no longer ride with partners. If they are injured, they are on their own until help arrives. With this training, they can literally save their own lives by self-applying a tourniquet  or packing their own wound. Time is even more critical with self-application because severe blood loss can quickly lead to unconsciousness. For example, CCEMS Tactical Medics are trained to self apply a tourniquet in less than 30 seconds.

Tactical Medic Matt Tomlinson handled the first class on July 16. At the same time, CCEMS Special Ops Supervisor Bobby Sellers was teaching Stop The Bleed to Katy ISD Police Officers.Over the 10 day period the classes were taught at different times of the day to accomodate the officer’s shifts including some session that began a 1:00 in the morning. The classes were taught by CCEMS Tactical Medics Bobby Sellers, Matt Tomlinson, and Jennifer Price.
After watching demonstrations of proper tourniquet use and wound packing the officers practiced the skills which included , timed drills. Here’s a look some of the classes through video and pictures.
CCEMS also teaches these skills to the public, so they can act as immediate responders in case they are on a scene of a severe bleeding injury. In addition to teaching first responders and the public to Stop The Bleed, CCEMS was one of the first two EMS systems in the country to carry whole blood in the field 24/7/365. The other one is ESD 48 Fire/EMS in the Katy area which was a partner in the same program. as of January 2020, there are 14 EMS agencies in Texas that carry whole blood.