June 30, 2011
CTMC Provides Life Saving Tools To San Marcos Police Officers
SAN MARCOS, TX – Every day, San Marcos police officers respond to calls not knowing what they will encounter at the scene. They swore to “protect and serve” the citizens of San Marcos and now, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has provided life saving, Individual Police Officer Kits (IPOK) to help the men and women who risk their lives for our safety.
An IPOK allows an officer to treat an injury immediately until medical help arrives at the scene. The kits include items necessary to reduce or stop the bleeding for serious injuries, such as a gunshot wound. The IPOK includes gloves, gauze, trauma dressing and a tourniquet.
”If an officer suffers an arterial bleed, the bleeding must be stopped as soon as possible. This kit will do more to save a life than our standard first aid kits,” said Sgt. Erik Spriegel, San Marcos Police. “We appreciate the support shown by CTMC helping us acquire these life saving tools.”
CTMC has purchased an initial 14 IPOKs for the San Marcos Police Department and will supply additional kits in the future so every officer can have a kit. The 14 kits will be placed in each of the patrol vehicles. The kit will allow officers to treat themselves, their fellow officer and the citizens of San Marcos in the event of a serious incident.
“If an officer has the ability to stop the bleeding from a serious injury on the scene before arriving to the emergency room, that officer has a better chance of survival and our medical team can begin treatment for the injury upon the officer’s arrival to the ER,” said Michael Plankers, RN, MSN; CTMC Director of Critical Care Services.
For more information about CTMC’s Emergency Care Services, please visit www.ctmc.org.