Albany Med Physicians Help Train Albany Police to Save Lives
ALBANY, N.Y., February 27, 2014 — Albany Medical Center emergency and trauma physicians are providing training to Albany Police officers on new equipment that may save lives during traumatic incidents.
The Albany Police Department is one of the first agencies in the state to receive training department-wide on Law Enforcement Survival Kits (LESK) as part of a statewide initiative through the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to provide every law enforcement officer with the essential tools and training that could save their life or the life of a fellow officer during a traumatic incident.
Recently, two officers used their training to apply a tourniquet to a teen victim’s leg to stabilize the patient before she was transported to Albany Medical Center, where she survived her injuries.
Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said, “The dedicated men and women of the Albany Police Department continuously work hard to protect our residents and enhance the quality of life in the City of Albany. Training our officers in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care is essential to providing them with the necessary skills that would allow them to care for themselves and other officers during a crisis. Outfitting each Albany police officer with a Law Enforcement Survival Kit enables our officer to administer medical care in the field when seconds count. I am proud of the strong partnership that the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department, and Albany Medical Center Hospital have developed to ensure our first responders all work together and receive the best possible training; all which are essential as we strive to become the safest city in America.”
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “The Law Enforcement Safety Kits provide another layer of life protection to both our law enforcement first responders and the public. These kits will help increase the chance of survival for law enforcement officers or civilians when they are severely injured and have massive bleeding. The kits will reduce or stop bleeding until the injured person can reach definitive care. They are a vital addiction to every officer’s training and equipment.”
Albany Police Chief Steven Krokoff said, “We are immensely grateful to New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services State Preparedness Training Center and Commissioner Hauer’s vision for providing these resources to equip every police officer with the Law Enforcement Survival Kit (LESK). This added equipment and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Training will increase the chance of survivability and provide officers with the skill set needed to manage life-threatening, traumatic injuries. While no amount of law enforcement training can replace the need for our life-saving Albany Fire Department and emergency care professionals, these resources can be applied in the field while the scene is being secured for the safe arrival of medical personnel.”
Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel said, “As emergency first responders, firefighters and police officers are often faced with potentially dangerous and volatile situations. Due to the nature of these incidents, it is imperative that the Albany Fire Department and Albany Police Department maintain a strong relationship while training and working together in areas of tactical emergency and casualty care and tactical medicine which could possible save our lives.”
Emergency Medicine Physician Michael Dailey said, “This case is a perfect example of the trauma system at its best — immediate recognition of an injury and life-saving intervention from the police officer, rapid evacuation and continued care from the fire department paramedics while en-route to the trauma center, and then comprehensive medical evaluation and advanced care delivered by the trauma team at Albany Medical Center.”
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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