The answer to arterial wounds fits in your pocket
More than two-thirds of all preventable police officer deaths are due to hemorrhaging – here’s a kit to stop the bleeding
Business Name: Officer Survival Solutions (OSS)
More than two-thirds of all preventable police officer deaths are due to hemorrhaging. The Trauma Plate Pack and Patrol Pocket Pack make it feasible for every officer to carry a lifesaving kit on their person where it belongs. We talked with OSS President Marc C. Barry, a newly retired Las Vegas cop, about his invention.
What is your signature product?
The pack is designed to be broken so that if needed, it can be used on three separate injuries.
The kits include one hemostatic gauze, one OSS Combat Compression Dressing, one SWAT-T Tactical Wrap Tourniquet, one pair of OSS Tactical Black Nitrile Gloves, one Tourniquet Field Application Card, all contained within a 3x5 ‘skip packet.’
Where did the idea come from?
Patrol officers were given a shooting pack, which had nothing but aspirin, gauze, etc. There’s nothing in there that will stop an arterial wound or save a life. I’ve met with hundreds of cops, and when I say, “What are you carrying now?” they all say shooting kits, and nine times out of ten they don’t know what’s in it. I have them open it up and they’re shocked to see there’s really nothing in there.
I was overseas doing contract work and saw the military using big bulky trauma pouches that have to be left in vehicles. That’s when I thought, “I have to do something to make this available at home and give it functionality, small enough to carry,” so I came back and developed a pack small enough to fit any uniform shirt pocket. I condensed every item and started manufacturing them myself.
How did that idea turn into a product?
What are the benefits of the packs versus similar products?
How did you test it out?
We had testers swim 2 miles with the pack and didn’t experience any problems.
The packs are rugged enough to be skipped, thrown or kicked across a pavement surface to a wounded officer if he/she is inside a hot zone and rescue is not readily available. They’re 3x5 inches and less than half an inch thick.
The packs should be replaced every three to five years.
How does it work?
The reason behind the cards is so that – although the packs are intended for personal use or to help a partner – you could drop your pack so that a civilian could use it. For example, in an active shooter scenario, officers are taught not to stop for victims until we’ve subdued the threat. If you’re in a school and a child is wounded, you have to step over the child and continue to seek out the gunman, as painful as that may be. These cards would allow you to toss the pack to a teacher and keep moving, and they could figure out how to use it.
Where can the packs be purchased?
Our goal was to make these packs feasible. The bottom line is to save cops, by getting every officer covered. So if a department calls and says they’re only buying a certain amount because of budgeting, we work with them to make sure every officer has a pack.
Any interesting facts about the product/ company?
“I never thought I would be using it on myself, but I did! On the night of August 16th 2012, I was shot twice, along with my partner. We both were ambushed and left bleeding to death. OSS saved my life!” — Christopher Howell, Chief of Police, St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands
“On the morning of January 29, 2013, I issued your Trauma Plate Packs to every officer in my agency. Little did I know, hours later I would be using one to render aid to a downed officer, who had been shot three times. I found some comfort during a very stressful and hectic moment, knowing I had the ability to help. A $44 Trauma Pack proved to be invaluable that day. It is my sincere believe every officer should be issued this life-saving equipment.” — Lieutenant Terry Stayer, Haltom City Police Department
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