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Posted: 7/12/2008 4:39:40 PM EST
I thought I would share a recent call of mine with everyone here. A few days ago I was dispatched to assist our local hose pullers on a medical call. They were busy with several medical calls and we escort them everywhere. The area I was going to had a 70 year old lady down with chest pain in a Target store, and across the street was a second call for a man with a cut on his arm at an industrial building. I was assigned to the man with the cut arm. When I got into the area I though that maybe I should divert to the 70 year old lady down call since I had an AED but continued into the man cut call since the FD was very close to the Target. I also had that voice tell me that this cut arm was not just a little cut.

When I arrived at the industrial building, I heard over the radio that the ambulance assigned to the call was responding from the hospital, about three times longer of a response time then normal. Not what I wanted to hear since I was already on scene.
I saw a good size blood trail leading from outside the loading dock into the building and an employee screaming "he's cut bad". Right about that time I realized I had failed the ABC test (ambulance before cop) .

I grabbed my "go bag" and went inside and at the end of this blood train was a guy with a 3-4" cut on his arm near the upper forearm/elbow all the way to the bone. I'm OK with blood but damm. I told the guy I was a cop but had some medical supplies and would try to help. He looked at me and nodded his head yes, but we were going into uncharted waters now. I broke open my bleed stuff and gloved up. I put a pad over the cut and wrapped it in gauze. The gauze looked like blood was coming threw so I wrapped a self sticky ace type bandage around the whole thing.

After that we just talked about how he wanted to be a fireman but became a truck driver until the FD arrived. The FD seemed impressed with the wrap, but in my hast I wrapped it too tight. Oh well.

Lesson learned
-It's a bitch to start to unroll that self adhesive ace type bandage with gloves on. I have to pre-start the rest on mine.
-No squirting blood= not too tight on the wrap.
-It's good to have supplies around ever if the rest of your partners think your nuts.
-Do not drop two thirty round magazines out of your go bag while getting medical supplies out. It freaks people out. The guy was funny and asked if I was going to put him down.

Overall I had to good time playing paramedic, learned a few things, and we had a few laughs. Any other LEOs playing paramedic?

Bucky145
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 4:43:04 PM EST
Nice job.

We respond on all medical calls. But I grab the first-aid kit in the squad, because my "go bag" is for fighting, and treating myself or other officers if things don't go well.
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 4:43:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 4:44:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 4:53:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By glenn_r:
Nice job.

We respond on all medical calls. But I grab the first-aid kit in the squad, because my "go bag" is for fighting, and treating myself or other officers if things don't go well.


Our squad car medical supplies are gone, nasty, or just plain bad. We had great AEDs, but little to no medical supplies. The guy that got cut was walking around a semi trailer that had a 4-5" piece of sheet metal trim that had been partially ripped off and folded back.

Bucky145
Link Posted: 7/12/2008 4:54:03 PM EST
Sounds like you did just fine. The most obvious thing is you didn't take the other bandage off but put a pressure dressing on top of the first one- you'd be surprised how many people can't seem to get that part right and make an even bigger bloody mess.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 10:43:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By Bucky145:

-Do not drop two thirty round magazines out of your go bag while getting medical supplies out. It freaks people out. The guy was funny and asked if I was going to put him down.


Bucky145


That's pretty damn funny right there!

Nice job.
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 9:06:58 PM EST
We respond to all medical calls and all patrol officers are EMTs. We have a jump kit in the trunk of every cruiser.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 12:28:04 AM EST
we only go to medical calls if theres an unstable scene, thankfully we have some fast FD's around here and we are so shorthanded that rarely do I beat them to a scene.

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