Rescue Essentials has introduced a new School Resource
Officer (SRO) Trauma Kit. This kit was developed in response to increasing
concern for School Resource Officers’ ability to render pre-hospital care and
stabilize trauma victims at the scene of injury.
The solution that Rescue Essentials provides is a kit that
enables the School Resource Officer to address injuries up to and including
major extremity bleeding or to administer CPR, while remaining inexpensive
enough and small enough to be carried by every officer, every day.
The kit includes a SWAT-T Tourniquet that serves dual
purposes, either as a tourniquet or as a compression bandage. The SWAT-T
Tourniquet is a long band of stretchy rubber upon which images of diamonds are
printed inside ovals. To apply, the tourniquet is Stretched, Wrapped And Tucked
(SWAT); when stretched to the proper tightness for use as a tourniquet, the
images change to squares inside circles.
The SWAT-T works better than most other tourniquets when
pressure needs to be applied high in the groin or armpit, and is extremely
compact. While the SWAT-T takes practice to self-apply, the SWAT-T in the SRO
kit will most likely be used in a “buddy-aid” situation.
The SWAT-T’s ability to work well as a compression bandage
makes it doubly useful, as it can be used in conjunction with the Z-Pak
dressing to treat any heavily bleeding wound that requires compression. Packing
the wound with sterile gauze and applying compression is often preferable to
using a tourniquet.
The Z-Pak Dressing has 4.5 inches x 4.1 yards of z-folded
gauze, which is enough to treat a serious wound. The gauze is z-folded, making
it easy to feed from the package and pack into a penetrating wound. Once packed,
the wound can be wrapped and compressed with the SWAT-T.
A 2-inch x 36-inch length of peel-away Duct Tape is
included, dog-eared and ready for the backing to be peeled off. Duct Tape can
be coupled with the poly packaging to fashion an improvised chest seal, among
its many uses. Nitrile gloves provide personal protection for the SRO. Blue
colored gloves provide contrast to make blood readily visible, making patient
The final element is the CPR mask, an essential tool for any
first responder. All of the contents are vacuum packaged for small cubic
volume, and the package is marked with a red pull tab for easy identification
The School Resource Officer (SRO) Trauma Kit is compact
enough to be carried in a pocket, or in the available small nylon belt pouch.
This kit is complete enough to treat major bleeding, and
affordable enough so every School Resource Officer can carry one.
Rescue Essentials’ intent is for this kit to play a vital
role for School Resource Officers in risk mitigation and the reduction of
preventable deaths. Minimal training is needed to be able to apply the contents
of this kit effectively.
The cost of the School Resource Officer (SRO) Trauma Kit
alone is $17.80 per kit, and it can be purchased with the nylon belt holster
for $22.80. Discounts are available for larger quantity purchases.
Mark Krasnow is the VP
Sales and Marketing, Rescue Essentials, Carey & Company, and may be reached