SAN MARCOS, TX
– Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) has recently added to the Individual Police Officer Kits (IPOK) the hospital purchased for 14 San Marcos patrol cars in 2011. The kits allow officers to stop the bleeding for serious injuries, such as a gunshot wound, until help arrives. The additional IPOKs ensure that every San Marcos Police Department officer will be outfitted with a kit should they acquire or encounter a serious injury. The IPOK includes gloves, gauze, trauma dressing and a combat application tourniquet.
“This is a good thing for us to do for our community officers,” said CTMC Director of Patient Care Services Michael Plankers. “Any time we can give immediate attention to a serious wound, there is a better chance that a life or a limb will be saved.”
One instance of an IPOK saving a life was documented in Round Rock in Sept. 2011 when Sgt. Nate Zoss arrived at the scene of a motorcycle accident where a victim’s leg had been severely severed. According to a news report released by the City of Round Rock, Zoss and other officers were able to stop the victim’s bleeding before Williamson County EMS transported him to St David’s Round Rock Medical Center for treatment, a decision that saved his life.
“A combat application tourniquet is included in [the IPOK], which is what we carry on the Hays County SWAT team to allow for self-aid and buddy aid,” Said Sgt. Erik Spriegel of the San Marcos Police Department and Hays County SWAT team. “This same theory has started to trickle down to patrol officers. In the event of a major injury they can use the items on themselves or someone else. Thanks to the partnership with CTMC, we have been able to equip all of our patrol officers with a kit.”
For more information about CTMC’s Emergency Care Services, please visit www.ctmc.org.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.