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Officer Lorne Juday

BIG RAPIDS DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY

ONCE I SAW THE INJURY WITH BLOOD POOLED ON THE GROUND AND COMPLETELY BLOOD-SOAKED TOWELS, I PULLED THE SAM XT OUT OF MY SAP POCKET, SNAPPED IT DOWN TO OPEN THE LOOP, AND APPLIED IT TO STOP THE BLEEDING.

December 19, 2020

LIFE-THREATENING SELF INFLICTED INJURY

There are many instances in which severe blood loss can pose life threatening outcomes. In this case, Police Officer Lorne Juday with Big Rapids Dept. of Public Safety was dispatched for a possible suicide attempt. He recalls the scene he arrived to:

Her boyfriend and a bystander attempted to apply pressure and use towels, which probably slowed some of the blood loss, but did not stop it. The towels and the woman's leggings were completely soaked when I arrived.

Once I saw the injury with blood pooled on the ground and how soaked the towels were, I thought, ‘Well, I've got something for that.’ I pulled the SAM XT out of my sap pocket, snapped it down to open the loop, and applied it. The tourniquet stopped - or at least severely slowed the major blood loss - even applied over her leggings. Once I tightened it until the pressure plate clicked, I only had to turn it 2 or 3 times to stop the blood flow.

By this point, she had lost a significant amount of blood and the SAM XT helped save her life by keeping what little blood she had left from leaking out!

I later learned from rescue that the hospital confirmed her femoral artery had been cut - the largest artery in your thigh.”

The SAM XT is much easier to use than other tourniquets out there-- there is no concern about Velcro getting slicked up with blood and failing, and it is much simpler to explain to a lay person or bystander if needed. It is also much easier to apply than other types of tourniquets, especially one-handed- the SAM XT is similar in weight and size to a CAT, but it is more user-friendly.

The field application went exactly like using the tourniquet during scenarios in training. Put it high and tight, pull until it clicks, and twist until the bleeding stops. I was impressed that even though I forgot to put the Velcro closure over the windlass, it stayed in place until EMS arrived and had not loosened at all.

THE SAM XT HELPED SAVE HER LIFE BY KEEPING WHAT LITTLE BLOOD SHE HAD LEFT FROM LEAKING OUT!

- Officer Lorne Juday

3 THINGS TO KNOW FROM OFFICER JUDAY

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There are a plethora of instances where a severe bleeding injury can happen (industrial accidents, logging, yard work, farming, car crashes, etc.). Instead of these injuries turning fatal, they can easily be stopped with the right information and equipment--including a tourniquet like the SAM XT.

02 02

Everyone, even if not involved with emergency services, should learn basic bleeding control methods. It could mean “life” in a life or death situation.

03 03

There are a few resources available for people to learn bleeding control techniques, including C-TECC.org, Stop the Bleed (bleedingcontrol.org) as well as Big Rapids Dept. of Public Safety and other local safety departments. Even some local school nurses incorporate bleeding control into relevant trainings, like school bus driver training and staff CPR training.

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Colter Hansen

FATHER & OUTDOORSMAN
Emergency situations can happen in a flash-- just ask father and SAM Medical customer Colter Hansen. He and his family were in the midst of an adventurous tour across the U.S.-- 50 states in 50 weeks-- when a sudden accidental injury occurred to his young daughter.

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Officer Lorne Juday

BIG RAPIDS DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY
There are many instances in which severe blood loss can pose life threatening outcomes. In this case, Police Officer Lorne Juday with Big Rapids Dept. of Public Safety was dispatched for a possible suicide attempt.

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Ian Six

EMT & FORMER MARINE
A former Marine, Ian Six was part of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue team that was called to a metal scrap yard where a man had slipped on a conveyor belt and entrapped his leg between the gears.

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Eddy Vershilovsky

EMT & FORMER MILITARY MEDIC
A former combat military medic and an EMT for 13 years, Eddy Vershilovsky happened to be off-duty when a female pedestrian was severely injured after being hit by a vehicle. Now, a volunteer paramedic who works on trauma and pressure control.

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Lane Abshire

FTO, NRP, FP-C, MEDEXPRESS
On the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 within New Orleans - a hot spot area that was killing residents at higher rates than in other parts of the US - seasoned first responder with experience as a search and rescue paramedic, hoist operator and flight paramedic, Lane ...

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Katie Contreras

EMT LIEUTENANT
Having an emergency kit with medical devices on hand is important - not just for severe, life-threatening situations. Katie Contreras, a Training Lieutenant and EMT for San Marcos Hays County, was off-duty playing football when she suffered from a minor but painful injury.

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