Quick-clotting gauze can save a police officer’s life, Chicago alderman says

CHICAGO -- Some Chicago Alderman are making a push to equip officers with QuikClot Combat Gauze.

The gauze helps stop bleeding until medical help can arrive. It's been credited with saving lives on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Many believe it can be used domestically on the streets.

At City Hall Wednesday, Chicago Police Officer Alejandro Cabral and his partner Juan Zuniga talked about using the gauze to save a gun shot victim's life.

"He had a hole right underneath the sternum. So he applied pressure with the pressure gauze. It wasn't working.  And that's when we applied the quick gauze and the bleeding stopped," said Zuniga.

Alejandro Cabral, a highly decorated 4th district officer, used the gauze overseas when he served in Afghanistan as an army combat medic. Here in Chicago, Cabral used his own money get trained on using the gauze.

"I went ahead and took the course. I believe this was late of last year. And after taking the course I went ahead and purchased my own," said Cabral.

14th Ward Alderman Ed Burke said he will introduce a resolution to at the next City Council meeting on September 14th.   Burke said he would urge, "...the police department to make hemostatic devices such as QuikClot Combat Gauze standard issue for all Chicago police officers."

Burke pointed to a police department like New York's, who is moving ahead with the plan to equip patrolmen with the life saving tool. He hopes to identify federal funds that would cover the costs.

A package of the gauze goes for about $47.