New life-saving gear will soon be in hands of Knox deputies

4:48 PM, Aug 13, 2013   |    comments
Combat Application Tourniquets
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Some basic life-saving tools will soon be in the hands of Knox County deputies.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is adding 400 CATs, or Combat Application Tourniquets, and 25 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) to its arsenal.

The AED's will be assigned to the SWAT team and patrol supervisors's cars, but the sheriff wants every patrol officer to have a tourniquet in their vehicles.

The devices can quickly be applied in an emergency situation to stop blood flow.  Doctors say it can help save a life.

"Old school thought used to be that tourniquets are a bad thing, because you can lose a limb. However, they're very important because they can actually save a life. If you get hit in a femoral artery, popliteal artery, any artery in the extremity, you can bleed out in just a matter of a couple of minutes," said Dr. Russ Frazier, who serves as the tactical physician for the Knox County SWAT team.

A Knox County deputy nearly died in June when he was shot in the leg during a standoff and the bullet hit an artery.  The deputy is now recovering from his injuries at home.

The equipment will cost the county about $56,000 dollars. The county will pay for it with money from a surplus in revenues for the last fiscal year.

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