The Northeast Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NEATRAC) is presenting law enforcement agencies in Northeast Arkansas with life saving tourniquets and bandages which will be used to save life and limb when these first responders face situations requiring rapid blood loss control. Both Five Rivers Medical Center and ProMed EMS actively participate in the Regional Trauma Council. The Arkansas Trauma Council is largely funded by the Arkansas Tobacco Tax of 2009.
The NEATRAC exists to reduce and prevent traumatic injury and death; to educate the public regarding injury prevention, and to promote high quality, efficient trauma and rehabilitation services throughout the Region and state. Through standardization of care, data collection, peer review, and needs assessments the NEATRAC has created and implemented processes which work to improve outcomes for trauma patients.
In FY2014 grant funds in the NEATRAC have been used to purchase and give away ATV helmets, car seats and newborn prevention activities for at-risk mothers, and training for the Region’s hospital services to improve suicide risk assessment. This latest NEATRAC project will equip the Sheriff’s Departments and police departments of Northeast Arkansas with SOF-T tourniquets and Israeli style pressure bandages. These kits will equip officers with the ability to stop traumatic bleeding for themselves, prior to EMS arrival.
For more information on the initiatives of the Northeast Arkansas Trauma Regional Advisory Council contact Paula Lewis, RNP at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.healthy.arkansas.gov.
This article was written and submitted by Paula Lewis RNP, ER Trauma and AR Saves Coordinator