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.