Dallas Rolls Out Public Access Trauma Kits

Dallas Rolls Out Public Access Trauma Kits

News Sep 07, 2016

Dr. Alex Eastman, medical director and chief surgeon at Parkland's Rees-Jones Trauma Center, was at City Hall to roll out a new trauma kit containing gloves, gauze and tourniquets, intended to help civilians treat gunshot wounds and other serious injuries until the professionals arrive.

The police department is already using the kits.

Eastman, a longtime member of the Dallas Police Department's SWAT response team who was downtown on July 7, said there was no doubt about it: Incidents involving active shooters are taking place at an "an alarmingly increased rate." And in Dallas, he said, this has become "painfully obvious."

But he also made it very clear: The trauma kits introduced Tuesday were not a response to the ambush that killed five officers and wounded nine others.

Rather, Eastman said, this was part of a citywide effort to make Dallas "the most safe municipality to live in." The kits, he said, are being rolled out citywide as part of President Barack Obama's policy directive concerning national preparedness, which tasks civilians with tending to the injured until rescue workers arrive.

"Hemorrhage control," Eastman said, "is the CPR of the 21st century."

He demo'd the kit on two actors depicting gunshot wound victims — a man with leg and arm injuries, and a woman with a gaping chest wound.

"If my mom can do it," he said, after wrapping their wounds, "anybody can do it."

On Twitter:  @RobertWilonsky

©2016 The Dallas Morning News

Continue Reading

Visit The Dallas Morning News at www.dallasnews.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Source
Dallas Morning News
Robert Wilonsky

After a driver rammed his van through the popular street of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, 14 people were killed and 100 others were injured.

A similar second attack that occurred in Cambrils, Spain left one woman dead and four others injured. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks. 

For more on this event, click here.

Police are deeming this event a terrorist attack and have urged residents to remain indoors until the scene is safe.
United Hatzalah volunteer, Gary Friedson, was teaching a local EMS crew about shortening response times when they invited him to a call that came in for a boy having seizures on a plane making an emergency landing nearby.
It will pass across the U.S. on August 21—what are the injury risks?
TXA, which helps clot blood faster, will be issued to EMS agencies to keep trauma patients stable on the way to the emergency department.
In 2016, the United States saw a 19 percent increase in drug overdose deaths from 2015, the biggest annual jump in overdose deaths the country has ever seen.
One county reports about 61 doses of naloxone are used by EMTs and paramedics in 30-day spans.
Methods of fighting the heroin epidemic include providing naloxone to all first responders, educational programs held in schools, and the Safe Passage program, which allows addicts to seek help at police stations.
FOUR Score may be an improvement over GCS, but the fact is, they’re just not that useful.
Can paramedics reliably initiate the new CMS core measure bundle?
Staff will be held to strict limitations on prescribing opioid painkillers to patients in efforts to prevent addiction and enabling current addicts.
EMS Director Carlos Coyle is concerned how publicly accessible Narcan is now being used by addicts at "Narc-Me" parties, where one sober friend has Narcan on hand to revive others' potential overdoses as they experiment with various doses of narcotics.
The van ran through a crowd of people dining outside a restaurant, leaving three in critical condition and four others with non life-threatening injuries.
Statistics show a 37% increase in overdose deaths has occurred since 2016.

Cincinnati firefighters and paramedics believe the laws should be changed to involuntarily commit heroin addicts to rehabilitation facilities to break the cycle of addiction.