To better improve survival rates among
victims of trauma, Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center is providing lifesaving
hemorrhage control kits to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. This unique
partnership, supported by the trauma center at Wake Forest Baptist, is the
first of its kind in North Carolina.
kits, called Individual Patrol Officer Kits (IPOKs), consist of a combat
application tourniquet, gloves, emergency trauma dressing, gauze and a vent
compact chest seal. In the event of a gunshot wound or other major trauma to
either a law enforcement officer or a civilian, a responding trooper can use
the contents of the kit to quickly help stop arterial bleeding, while waiting
for medical help to arrive.
kits have the capability of saving lives in an active shooter event or any act
of intentional harm, where victims often die from arterial bleeding while
waiting for the scene to be safe enough for paramedics to enter.
the United States military has seen the use of tourniquets reduce the number of
combat deaths due to external hemorrhage, the use of tourniquets in the
civilian community is still not widespread, even with recent violent events
that have resulted in catastrophic bleeding.
my years of trauma surgery, I’ve seen the difference that rapid emergency
medical care in the field makes in the outcomes of patients we see at our Level
1 trauma center,” said J.
Wayne Meredith, M.D., chair of surgery at Wake Forest
Baptist. “These kits will hopefully go a long way in improving the outcomes of
future trauma patients.”
troopers are often the first to arrive on the scene of a traumatic injury,
requiring immediate medical attention.
Highway Patrol is appreciative of the long-standing partnership with Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center and we are excited about the life saving
possibilities that these trauma kits present," said Bill Grey, commander of
the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. "Quick, effective first aid is
vital to survival rates and these kits will assist our Troopers with the
Patrol's most important mission of saving lives."
trauma department at Wake Forest Baptist purchased 200 of these kits which are
in the process of being distributed to the more than 100 state troopers who are
EMS trained. The remainder of the kits will be used as replacements.
Hinshaw, P.A.-C., N.R.E.M.T.-P., at
Wake Forest Baptist, provides emergency medical training for many of the
troopers in our state and, in collaboration with the Medical Center’s trauma center, customized these kits especially for the Highway Patrol.
we go through these training sessions, I find that many of these men and women
are looking for something they can take with them to provide basic lifesaving
emergency care. It is my hope that these kits will do just that,” said Hinshaw.
goal of this program is to develop a fundraising campaign that will provide hemorrhage
control training and additional kits to law enforcement, schools, churches and
businesses across the state.
This campaign is part of the outreach and injury
prevention that Wake Forest Baptist supports as the only Level 1 trauma center
in the region.