Wallingford-based Z-Medica LLC, a developer and marketer of bleeding-control devices, announced last week that it has signed a three-year agreement to equip the New York City Police Department with life-saving QuikClot Belt Trauma Kits (BTK).
The deal is the largest standardization of advanced bleeding-control kits ever deployed by a single city, according to a news release from Z-Medica, which notes NYPD is the largest police force in the United States.
The $2.7 million agreement provides for BTKs and help with training personnel on how to use the kits. Training and deployment of the kits is expected to begin early this year.
The BTK is designed to fit on an officer's duty belt and contains Z-Medica's QuikClot Combat Gauze, a tourniquet, compression bandage and gloves, which can be used by a police officer to administer emergency first aid to control bleeding until medical attention can be sought.
Uncontrolled hemorrhage is considered the single most preventable cause of death in situations involving an active shooter and intentional mass casualty events.