Lexington Police get new tourniquets

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) Lexington’s police recently added a new first aid device to their equipment.

Every patrol vehicle in town now has a “CAT7” tourniquet. Designed for the military, it allows police officers to quickly apply the tourniquet to stop bleeding in an emergency situation, even with just one hand.

“Sometimes in a situation, if you have to use a tourniquet, time is not on your side," explains Lt. Michael Frost, of the Lexington Police. "So they’re designed to be put on quickly and easily by the person using it, and to yourself, one-handed, if you have to.”

They plan to eventually make the tourniquet standard equipment on every officer’s belt.