New grant-funded medical kits help officers stabilize stabbing victim

JPD's new medical kit saves mans life
Blood remains on the scene where a man was stabbed in the neck (Source: KAIT)
Blood remains on the scene where a man was stabbed in the neck (Source: KAIT)
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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A stabbing in North Jonesboro Wednesday night sent a man to the hospital with serious injuries.

If the Jonesboro Police Department hadn't recently been equipped with new medical kits, it could have been much worse.

"Staff from the E. R. advised that the gentleman possibly wouldn't have made it if it hadn't been for Officer Talley getting on scene and starting aid as soon as he did," Jonesboro Police Department Cpl. Jason Chester said.

The stabbing happened in the 400-block of North Rogers Street.

Officer Michael Talley was the first person on the scene.

"I see a guy walking, and he has blood all the way down his shirt, down his pants," Officer Talley said. "He was walking toward me, screaming for help."

He said the victim had his hand on his throat and was bleeding profusely.

Officer Talley said he grabbed gauze from their new medical kits from the Stop the Bleeding Foundation and began helping the man.

By that time, Cpl. Chester had arrived on the scene as well.

"Right after he got his gauze applied, we applied the quick clot gauze and found another wound on his neck and got gauze on it," Cpl. Chester said.

Officer Talley explained that the quick clot gauze helps the blood coagulate faster than normal.

"It has a chemical infused into the gauze so as soon as it makes contact with blood, it starts clotting. The stuff in your body that helps clot blood, this is actually a synthetic version that immediately starts clotting," Officer Talley explained.

They then applied Israeli pressure bandages to the man's neck.

"It can be applied to a wound. It helps to apply direct pressure without us having to stand over and hold with our hand or something," Cpl. Chester said.

The tools they used to stabilize the victim until an ambulance arrived weren't available to them months ago.

"Anything helps when you're bleeding from the neck because seconds really do count," Officer Talley said. "Anything that you have will help, but having the quick clot gauze and the Israeli dressing is crucial."

If the medical kits hadn't been available, Officer Talley said they would have tried using t-shirts as bandages, which would have been much less effective.

Cpl. Chester said the Stop the Bleeding Foundation got 90 new medical kits in recently and they plan to hold three classes with 30 people each for training.

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