- Feb 15, 2017
I did a Stop The Bleed training yesterday mainly for the certification to protect me under Good Samaritan Law . A disclaimer , I am not a trainer and the information in this post is strictly to spark interest in training and for conversation only .
All of us here are involved in shooting , drive vehicles , some hunt and some hike . The number one killer in a trauma event is blood loss . The sad part is that in the vast majority of cases it is preventable . There is an initiative for free training called Stop The Bleed that covers some rudimentary concepts of mitigating blood loss due to trauma . stopthebleedingcoalition.org .
Or google Stop The Bleed .
I posted a link at the top to another training that goes more in depth into torniquet application . They also have a vid S-12 Tactical Wound Packing
that is in depth . The reason I posted the vid and referenced the pack8ng vid is that the Stop the Bleed just touches . Points I thought should have had a finer point put on them were ;
Put on a torniquet first if it looks like a lot of blood . Wrap , pack and deal with the wound and then if not arterial or massive it can be taken off by first respoders .
Proper wound packing . Just pushing gauze in a wound does not give enough pressure to stop a bleed . The wound packing vid shows proper
Pressure , placement , volume and wrapping to pack and secure .
TIME . Our bodies have 5 liters of blood flowing thru them . Ours hearts pump at 5 liters per minute . On an arterial bleed one has 30 seconds to apply a tourniquet . Practice , practice and practice . Even if you survive you may later die of complications associated with severe blood loss and blood pressure loss .
Get the proper gear and have it handy . Two minutes digging in your trunk or behind your pick up seat is too long . Also redundancy . Yeah the torniquets and celox are expensive but what cost would you place on a loved one's life .
Again posted for conversation and inspiration . I humbly ask the Mods ( Uncle Tucker ) not to move this as may save a life . Lastly please practice and maybe even host a training at your club/range . Stay safe .