How sad is it that teachers are learning how to use tourniquets? Dr. David King, a Mass General surgeon tells the Globe that he thinks some of the students at Newtown might have survived if teachers had those skills.
After a stint in Afghanistan, where he responded to a truck bomb, and hours the Mass General OR working on the those injured in the marathon bombing, King is familiar with lower limb injuries.
The lay people, the volunteers, the teachers: Those are the people who are truly the first who can respond to these kinds of incidents,” he said.
To prepare for such unforeseen events, King and other doctors are calling for greater access to commercially manufactured tourniquets and for training in their proper use.
In this story from Health Leaders Media, he explains why the marathon bombing made this clear.
His experiences here and overseas where 75 percent of all injuries were caused by explosions— have made King a huge promoter of the tourniquet. The bystanders at the finish line did their best with t-shirts, belts, and other makeshift tourniquets, he said. But, it takes a medical-quality device to stop arterial hemorrhaging and prevent blood loss that can make a leg wound fatal.
Here he talks about his own experience that day, when he was called in MGH after finishing the marathon himself.