Friday, May 23, 2008

Where are the Band-Aids?

If the worst comes to past (and it sure looks like it's heading quickly in that direction) you better hope your skills are up to the task. You're going to need a "medical miracle" if you haven't got some serious training. Basic First Aid and CPR training are an absolute must and advanced training even better. Check around and find out what's available. Does your EMS offer courses? Does your local hospital, medical facility, or college offer different training courses to increase your skills? Check the Internet - there's tons of free information out there! Look for it! Find it! Use it! Many employers also offer opportunities to get training. Take advantage of it if they do. Just remember that Murphy's Law is always in effect. Accidents happen and people get sick. No matter how careful you are, sooner or later, you're going to need more than a box of Band-Aids. If time or distance is working against you, there will be no substitute for proper training in medical care. Simple injuries and illnesses will become major health issues if you're not ready.


theotherryan said...

Serious trama is a whole different ball game then some cuts and scrapes. It has its own challenges and limitations (we aren't going to become er docs) but a whole lot can be done with the right training. Combat Lifesaver or something comparable would be good because of the focus on combat trama. Western rifle shooters have some good courses I have heard. Get the best available training with a focus on trama

Mayberry said...

Excellent advice Riverwalker. I am fortunate that I had trauma training in the Navy, and most of my jobs have required CPR/ First Aid certification annually. Besides your basic first aid kits, you need to stock splinting materials, stuff for stitching wounds (and practice how to do it), antiseptic, penecillin (if you can get it, I don't know), and whatever else you can get your hands on. Theotherryan is right, serious trauma is a whole other ball game.

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