Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Director of the Department of Public Safety announces that on Thursday, December 15, 2016, the Rhode Island State Police will hold a press conference at 10:00 AM to announce the distribution of QuikClot ® Belt Trauma Kits to all sworn members of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety.
This initiative, funded by the State Homeland Security Program, will equip approximately four hundred fifty (450) sworn members of law enforcement, to include Troopers, Deputy Sheriffs, Capitol Police officers, and Fire Marshal investigators with QuikClot® Belt Trauma Kits for emergency situations. Total funding that was awarded after the State Police application was submitted was ($32,000.00) for this project.
QuikClot®, a hemostatic device used to control a broad range of bleeding conditions, is manufactured by Z-Medica. It is utilized by hospitals, emergency medical technicians, and law enforcement agencies throughout the Unites States. QuikClot® is also the chosen hemostatic agent of the Department of Defense for military service members.
The QuikClot® Belt Trauma Kit consists of one (1) QuikClot® Combat Gauze; one (1) SWAT-T Tourniquet/Pressure Dressing; one (1) pair of latex gloves; and one (1) CPR breathing barrier. The QuikClot® Combat Gauze is a three-inch by a four-yard strip of hydrophilic gauze, impregnated with kaolin (an inert mineral that is both safe and effective in accelerating the body's natural clotting cascade without any exothermic reactions or use of animal/human proteins). The QuikClot® Combat Gauze has a five (5) year shelf life.
"QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits are a safe and effective tool that can help save lives," said Z-Medica President and CEO Stephen J. Fanning. The deployment of QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits among the ranks of the Rhode Island State Police, along with the proper training, will bring potentially life-saving technology to the highways and streets of the Ocean State. You can now feel confident that those first on the scene in Rhode Island will have a proven life-saving technology at their fingertips." "In a dangerous world where many Troopers are policing the roads by themselves the Quickclot Combat Gauze will provide an expedient life-saving measure and greatly improves officer safety of the Rhode Island State Police," says Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Gaynor. "I'm appreciative Rhode Island was awarded a Homeland Security Grant to purchase this capability and for the state police willingness to implement this resource as a part of their standard gear."
The media are invited to attend a press conference located in the Colonel Walter E. Stone Conference Room at State Police Headquarters, on December 15, 2016, at 10:00 AM.
Contact: Captain Timothy G. Sanzi, (401) 444-1007