Having a trauma kit on hand can be the difference between life and death in the event of a severe injury. Trauma can occur anytime and anywhere, so it is important for emergency personnel to be outfitted with a trauma kit. When applied within the first six minutes, trauma kits give the victim a 90 percent chance of survival.
So what is in a trauma kit? It consists of simple tools, scissors, an airway, and a military style bandage. It may not seem like much, but in the right hands these items can save a life. There are also more complex tactical trauma kits that contain even more emergency supplies, including:
• Blood stoppers
• CPR mouthpieces
• Survival and rescue gear
Any emergency personnel, such as an EMT, first responder, firefighter, or police officer, should be equipped with a trauma kit. Currently in Indianapolis, the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation is raising money to equip every police officer with a life-saving emergency trauma kit. The kits are extremely durable and practical, with the ability to be thrown to other officers who need them in the event of a fire fight. The fundraising effort was set in motion after a police officer and army veteran used his own homemade trauma kit to save another officer who was shot twice by a fleeing murder suspect.
A trauma kit could save lives during a serious emergency situation. Professional emergency personnel and civilians alike should have a trauma kit available and take the necessary training to properly administer it during an emergency. Having a trauma kit and knowing how to use it could one day help save someone’s life.