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Tucson First Responders Used QuikClot Combat Gauze To Save Lives of Shooting Victims

As reported recently, QuikClot Combat Gauze was included as a component of the Pima County Sherriff’s IFAKs (Individual First Aid Kits) which were used to save several lives during the Tucson, AZ shootings.  The department issued the IFAKs to all deputies last year and completed training in July of 2010.  Bob Huebner, Z-Medica’s Director of Law Enforcement and EMS Sales and Training, assisted the department with both procurement of QuikClot Combat Gauze for the kits as well as training on use of the product.

QuikClot Combat Gauze was used extensively at the scene of the shooting on January 8, 2011 as deputies, unsure of the safety at the scene, were forced to hold back emergency medical personnel for nearly six minutes. While securing the site, the deputies provided first response assistance to the many victims.  The survival of several of the victims has been directly attributed to the first response preparedness of the deputies and the components the department has chosen to include in their IFAKs.

Pima County Deputy Ryan Inglett was quoted by KGUN News as stating, “I treated people who needed medical treatment. I used the Combat Gauze, I used the Israeli bandage on the two female patients that I dealt with.”

Print coverage of the incident can be found at:
The Washington Post
Los Angeles Times
Arizona Daily Star

Information on the Pima County Sherriff’s Department IFAK can be found here.