LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Police Commission Tuesday was expected to give final approval to accept 8,000 new trauma kits donated to the Los Angeles Police Department by the Los Angeles Police Foundation.
The new kits, which will be previewed for the first time at a 9:30 a.m. meeting, will replace outdated materials that were created in 1998.
LAPD Officer Sally Madero told KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou the kits will provide options for officers to treat people on scene.
“They will be able to allow officers to render life-saving medical aid in the event of a trauma, terrorist attack or natural disaster,” she said.
After the kits are approved, 10,000 LAPD officers will undergo training to allow them to use advanced tourniquets and compression bandages to stop bleeding and stabilize patients until paramedics arrive.
“Studies show that timely use of tourniquets could raise survival rates as high as 90 percent,” Steve Soboroff, Police Commission President, said. “Through the LAPD’s partnership with the LAPF, police officers are better equipped to save lives — the public’s and their own.”
Since it was founded in 1998, the LAPF has awarded the LAPD with more than $21 million in grants.