IU Health provides state troopers with lifesaving tool to use in traumatic situations

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 7, 2014)-- Indiana State Police (ISP) officers are often the first responders to traumatic scenes.

IU Health is giving them and DNR workers a lifesaving tool to help victims before they make it to the emergency room.

During a trauma symposium, IU Health announced 1,500 tourniquets will be on the roads by the end of the year. That's enough for all state troopers and DNR workers to be equipped with the device.

"And when they come on to a scene where there has been a traumatic injury and there's a significant amount of blood loss from one of the extremities they will very quickly and easily be able to apply this tourniquet and stop the blood loss," said IU Health Orthopedic Traumatologist, Dr. Anthony Sorkin.

Recent studies show the number one cause of preventable death following a traumatic injury is excessive blood loss. Studies also show that the best way to stop blood loss is to apply a tourniquet, which can boost survival rates by 90 percent.

"This piece of equipment and then the training which is the most important part of it that follows literally will save lives. Not just our troopers lives but the lives of people we have to encounter," said Indiana State Police, Col. Mark French.

Troopers will start learning how to apply tourniquets next week. The tools are expected to be in patrol cars by the end of the year.