Christus St. Michael Health System provided more than 300 free trauma kits to area law enforcement agencies today. Dr. James Booker, trauma medical director at St. Michael, led the training which included a video demonstration along with hands-on instruction using high fidelity manikins in the hospital’s simulation center.
“We wanted to provide area police officers with information and hands-on experience as to how to handle an emergency situation while in the field,” said Liberty Bailey, Trauma Program Manager at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “Our hope is this training will help to save lives.”
As a first responder, officers must be prepared to handle a number of situations. The trauma kits include a trauma tourniquet, a Halo chest seal, a 4×4 gauze, and a carrying pouch.
“An officer can wear the kit as a part of their uniform,” said Bailey.
Area agencies that received the trauma kits include police departments for the cities of Texarkana, Texas, Texarkana, Arkansas, Nash and Wake Village, Miller County Sherif’s office, Bowie County Sheriff’s office, Texarkana Department of Public Safety, and Arkansas State Police Troop G.