A growing number of American law enforcement agencies are equipping police vehicles with trauma kits that allow officers to quickly control bleeding, reports the Washington Post. Officers are being taught enough emergency medical care to keep victims from going into shock before professional medics can take over. The demand for trauma kits was prompted in part by crime events with mass casualties, such as the Boston Marathon bombings.
In 2012, the FBI and the American College of Surgeons gathered medical and law enforcement leaders from around the country to come up with ways to improve survival rates in such events by preventing deaths by hemorrhage. Since then, about 50 of the country’s largest police departments have trained some 185,000 officers to use the kits, officials said.