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Blacksburg Police save life with new belt trauma kit

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An effort to get potentially life saving equipment in the hands of local police paid off and saved a life in Blacksburg.

The Blacksburg Police Department bought belt trauma kits last year to help officers who might need to help a citizen, another officer or themselves in an emergency. Police say they're often the first on the scene and instead of watching and waiting they now have a few tools they could use right away.

The officers are all trained in CPR and basic first aid. The compact kits contain items they can use to make a difference before EMTs arrive.

"We really looked for supplies they would use that would be within their scope of practice and this does exactly that. It's exactly something they can use in the field in an emergency situation," said Det. Ryan Hite. The items include gloves, CPR shields, combat gauze that's used in the military and swat tourniquets.

Police say the kit was put to use in an emergency last week. "Both tourniquets had to be applied on each leg plus we had to use the quick clot to stop the bleeding and compact the wounds," said Lt. Nathan O'dell. "We were able to get them transported to the hospital and flown to the trauma center in Roanoke within 45 minutes. Rescue personnel at the hospital said what these officers did saved that person's life."

The trauma kits are in every patrol car. They're kept in the driver's side door for easy access. Some officers also carry one on their belt.

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