April 29, 2014 — The Valley Hospital recently presented tourniquets to representatives of several area police forces for use in on-scene emergency trauma response. The tourniquets, called C-A-T tourniquets are military tested and approved for trauma scene needs.
The availability of a tourniquet can make a significant difference in a life or death situation. The tourniquet offers the same benefits to EMS users as it has over the past 3 years for America’s military soldiers. If a police officer is to be shot or injured in an extremity they could apply the tourniquet to themselves. This would allow them time for help to arrive. Without the tourniquet they could bleed to death prior to help arriving. It can also be used to respond to traumatic accidents involving a member of the community with a severely injured extremity.
Valley's Department of Emergency Services is donating almost 1,000 of these tourniquets to approximately 500 police officers in 16 area towns.
Shown here at Center is Lafe Bush, Director of Emergency Services, The Valley Hospital, with representatives of the police forces from Allendale, Fair Lawn, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Midland Park, Oakland, Ramsey, Waldwick, Saddle River and Upper Saddle River. Tourniquets were previously presented to the Police Chiefs in Mahwah and Paramus, and are scheduled to be presented to Hawthorne and Wyckoff in May.