Medic's Testimony

Jeff -
First off, thanks for your service as a former LEO! The colors do not matter! I am going to start promoting this campaign this week to try to generate some funds ASAP. Do you have a good shot of the RATs that I can use as a image for the goFundme? The most recent use of the RATs was a 51 y/o male had an negligent discharged while racking his pistol in the garage. Originally when we arrived on scene the patient had used a shirt to try to make a TQ which did well until he took it off to show us his wound, after I just told him not to. Protocol in our area doesn’t specify a tourniquet to use and it states that one can be “made” as a last resort after direct pressure is applied and failed. Pressure wasn’t enough and he had been down for 8+ minutes so I went with the RATs to stop the bleed so we could push fluids and start to restore some volume to prevent hypovolemic shock. I placed the RAT and within moments we were able to control the bleeding so we could then treat our patient who know had lost a good amount of blood. I should have went to the RAT first and trusted my gut because we lost precious time to use the TQ because we had to let direct pressure fail when we could clearly see the “bright red squirting” blood when the patient released his own. We also used RAT on a mass casualty MVA in April when a semi truck struck several people on the side of HWY 30 in Fort Worth who were discussing a minor accident they had just been involved in. There was so much going on but the patient we applied the RATs to I think ended up being flighted to Dallas but survived. In that case, I went straight to the TQ because we had so many patients and so little support until several other units arrived that I had to make a split-second decision as we triaged and treated. On a funny note (ok maybe only medic humor! I had just got done restraining a drunk guy who was able to squeeze out of a soft posey strap because his wrist was like a 7-year-old they were so small. I look back and my partner had used a RAT to secure the patients arm wear the soft restraint was too big. It was pretty slick actually because if he had to, he could quickly grab the tail and release the TQ or he could have wrapped the strap more if more restraint was needed. I'm not sure that technique is very kosher with some medics but when you work in rural Texas where drunks are combative and the cops don’t ride in the truck….. you have to improvise! To say the least, I am a big advocate for TQs in general but RATs especially. The hard part is getting medics who were trained in there era of “TQs do more harm than good” to get on board and start to work them into more cities EMS protocols. Slowly but surely I am turning everyone into a RATs and TQ fans. I always have one on me and when ever I talk to a LEO I always bring them up to generate curiosity in hopes they seek out training. I look forward to speaking with you more and hopefully placing an order ASAP! Thanks again for offering your support and assistance. Now we just need to get the word out!

- Medic