A crewman on tugboat Mr. T severed his arm in a freak accident. Police officers applied a tourniquet and thankfully the man's life was saved.

Tugboat in New York Harbor
Tugboat in New York Harbor

(Newswire.net — April 15, 2017) Woodbridge, Virginia — A tugboat crewman has been hospitalized after losing part of his arm in an accident in New York Harbor in the evening of Thursday, April 13, 2017.

The crewman was working on Mr. T in the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty when his left arm got stuck in one of the vessel’s lines. The line cut completely through his arm, below the elbow, and the severed lower part of his arm fell into the waters below. 

This bizarre accident was met with a prompt response from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) harbor unit. Officers quickly and securely applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm before rushing him to Brooklyn, NY, where he was met by paramedics who transferred him to Lutheran Hospital. The severed arm is currently being searched for by authorities in the New York Harbor.

When any deep cut occurs, the loss of blood is a huge concern, as too much blood loss can lead to loss of life. When a limb is severed, this concern becomes even more imminent, because there is nothing stopping the flow of blood, and all veins and arteries have been opened. Fortunately, the NYPD officers were properly trained in First Aid and able to apply a tourniquet to the still unnamed man’s arm, stopping the flow of blood until he was transported to a hospital.

A tourniquet is an emergency device used to stop heavy traumatic bleeding before one is able to receive professional care in a hospital. It is recommended by healthcare professionals that one be kept in a first aid kit, especially in dangerous situations, such as rock climbing or boating. The most popular tourniquet on the market is the Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) which was developed for use by the military in combat situations. It is small, yet powerful and effective.

Surviveware’s Combat Application Tourniquet is the #1 new release on Amazon, and the perfect addition to any first aid kit. It has been well-received by the public and highly reviewed by service members and healthcare professionals, such as Gabriel, who left this review after gifting the tourniquet to his brother in the Armed Forces: “I bought this for my brother, an 8 year Marine vet, 2 purple heart recipient and current reserve officer, here is his review

“I compared it to the one I use in my army issued kit. On my body armor I have one attached in my ifak, and before a mission we always put one on the shoulder of our body armor with the expectation to use it quickly.
Here is my feedback compared to what I currently use:
1. This one has slightly larger grooves for snatching up the tension rod. I do like the larger grooves and it let me snap the rod into place easier.
2. This one has a red end where my issued one has a black end. It’s easier to locate the end due to the color. 
3. This one has a white cloth that velcros the tension rod in place. It also has the word time on it.

You are supposed to put the time of the tourniquet on the patient as you can’t have a tourniquet on for a long period of time. 
Overall I would say it’s a good product and those three improvements I noticed make this a good upgrade to my issued tourniquet.”

“Receiving a review which compared our tourniquet favorable to a military grade tourniquet felt like an accomplishment. We strive to only produce top-notch adventure preparedness items, and it is was gratifying to hear a member of the Armed Forces agrees,” said Amanda, lead designer at Surviveware. “Our mission is to provide the best emergency items for people who lead a rugged lifestyle, whether they are climbing a mountain, or working in the field.”

For more information on Surviveware’s Products, visit their website at www.surviveware.com or on Amazon at www.amztk.com/tourniquet88.

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