ALBANY, N.Y. – A new city partnership in Albany is saving lives and giving police officers the ability to treat wounded patients on scene.
The new kits are called Law Enforcement Survival kits. The technology was developed on the battlefield, but the Albany Police Department has already used the kit on the streets of the city.
Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff said the kits are all about stopping bleeding. They allow officers to respond faster and be better prepared.
The kits are part of a partnership between the Albany Fire Department, Albany Police Department and Albany Medical Center.
"It's the initial care that that person receives which may end up determining their outcome," Dr. Michael Dailey from Albany Med said.
Earlier in February, police responded to a 17-year-old girl who was shot in Albany.
"When they got there, they found two victims that were shot," Krokoff said. "A 17-year-old female and a 20-year-old male."
The girl had multiple gunshot wounds.
"They quickly realized she had a significant wound to her leg," Krokoff continued.
Officers used the training they had received days earlier instead of waiting for paramedics to arrive. The training was initially designed to help save first responders hurt in the line of duty.
"They applied the tourniquet and quite possibly saved that young girl's life," Krokoff said.
Tourniquets have been used for hundreds of years to stop bleeding, but new technology perfected on the battlefield has given police a better chance to save lives.
"This is a direct translation of battlefield medicine into the civilian world," Dailey said.
The technology is fast and effective and can be used when it's not safe for paramedics or emergency medical personnel to enter the scene.
"These kits provide us with the tools that we need as non-practitioners to be able to stop bleeding," Krokoff said.
The kits are not being used across the country, yet.
Dr. Daily believes the Albany region is ahead of the curve.
"To affect life-changing interventions for our citizens is a model for all communities," he said.
Albany officers will now be carrying these life-saving kits with them. Doctors say every moment someone is bleeding is a moment closer to death.
The kits have the ability to save lives before the victim is even loaded into an ambulance.
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