Tactical First Aid
Students will learn to stop traumatic bleeding from gunshot and knife wounds using the latest pressure bandages, tourniquets, and hemostatic agents. Self care and care under fire will also be addressed.
Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine
This hands-on class will develop proficiency in basic battlefield medical care utilizing the military’s latest Tactical Combat Casualty Care protocols.
Students will learn to stop traumatic bleeding from gunshot, knife wounds and blast injuries using the latest pressure bandages, tourniquets, and hemostatic agents. The improvisation of adequate substitutes for this equipment will be practiced extensively to allow students to respond to emergencies quickly, even if no dedicated bandaging material or tourniquets are available. Self-care and care under fire will also be addressed.
Students will also learn simple patient assessment techniques, as well as how to treat both a sucking chest wound and tension pneumothorax. Options for opening a patient’s airway are discussed and practiced. Students will learn how to use a nasopharyngeal airway (NPA).
In addition, students will learn how to treat themselves and families in the event of a longer-term breakdown in our current medical system. Wound cleaning and disinfection under field conditions and best practices for wound closure options will be discussed.
The instructor will provide students with information about what types of drugs to stockpile for natural disasters or a health care system collapse, along with methods for legally acquiring those pharmaceuticals Students will leave the class knowing what items should be included in a comprehensive medical kit and how to improvise those items in an austere environment.
All materials for the class will be provided by the instructor.
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