Law enforcement officers are typically the first to the scene of such an incident, but they lack the medical training and equipment to treat the victims. Filling that critical need has become one of the central calls to action of the Hartford Consensus, according to the new reports.
"Controlling hemorrhage has to be a core law enforcement tactic," said Alexander Eastman, MD, MPH, FACS, chief of trauma at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas Police Department lieutenant.
"We saw the dramatic impact of this tactic in the Tucson, Ariz. shooting in 2011. With training and tourniquets, law enforcement officers will save lives many lives."
The Hartford Consensus is already having an impact: In concert with ACS and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, more than 36,000 police officers in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, Tampa, and Washington, DC, will receive bleeding control kits and training this year, an action rising out of the Hartford Consensus, according to Dr. Eastman. The Hartford Consensus also urges cities to develop an integrated response system, customized to the needs of their community, focused on the importance of initial actions to control hemorrhage as a core requirement of the emergency response.
"We can no longer wait until casualties are brought out to the perimeter," said Lenworth M. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer and director, Trauma Institute at Hartford Hospital, Connecticut and member of the ACS Board of Regents. "We must prepare responders to s
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