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Police officers packing new life-saving tool

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department is packing a new tool in their first-aid belts that could help officers save your life. Small patches known as 'QuikClots' can stop bleeding and buy medics time to drive patients to the hospital.

Officers say the beauty of the product is that it requires virtually no specialized training to use and it can literally mean the difference between life and death.

Officers are crediting the blood clotting sponge with saving a life over the weekend when a man in North Spokane accidentally shot himself in the hand and a friend in the leg while unloading a handgun.

Police used the 'QuikClot' to cover the man's artery which helped slow the man's bleeding and get him to the hospital.

Spokane SWAT team members add that they often keep medics away from a crime scene while they secure the location. Securing a location can take several minutes and officers say every second counts when you're bleeding from an artery.

"If you have, say, a gunshot wound or a knife wound, you can bleed out within 30 seconds," says Spokane Police Officer Aitken. "This helps with the clotting and helps stop the blood loss."

The sponges are becoming standard issue, just like a badge or a gun and the police department is in the process of issuing the kits to every officer in the field.

The sponges cost about $60 for a four pack and are being paid for using a grant from Homeland Security.

The man who accidentally shot himself Sunday is still recovering from his injuries, but police say he is expected to make a full recovery. Officers credit the quick actions of an officer who used the new 'QuikClot.'

 

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