Aldermen: CPD Should Make Quick-Clotting Gauze Available to Officers

CHICAGO (CBS) — Fourteenth Ward Alderman, Edward M. Burke and 11th Ward Alderman Patrick Thompson held a news conference, on Wednesday to urge CPD to make quick-clotting gauze available to officers.

The aldermen were inspired when two Chicago Police officers saved a life of a gunshot victim by using the gauze.

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The quick-clotting gauze can help officers stop bleeding in critical situations, in instances, such as shootings.

“Quick-clot combat gauze is easy to use,” Ald. Burke said. “It can help people survive traumatic bleeding including first-responders who may be injured in the line of duty.”

The officers purchased the quick-clot combat gauze kit themselves. Each kit costs over $100.

Officer Alejandro Cabral displays first aid kit containing special gauze to stop bleeding.  (WBBM)

Officer Alejandro Cabral displays first aid kit containing special gauze to stop bleeding. (WBBM)

“Alderman Thompson and I will introduce a resolution at our next council meeting, on the 14th, urging the police department to make hemostatic devices, such as quick-clot combat gauze, a standard issue for all Chicago police officers,” Ald. Burke said.

New York city plans to offer its officers with the kits, which would help wounded first-responsers too, Ald. Burke said.

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