I was reading a short over at The Firearm Blog today, regarding an unintentional, freak incident that left somebody with a bullet wound. Now, I got my first lessons in wound treatment and triage from my father, a Vietnam era medic. I know how to pack a wound, how to properly apply pressure, when to use a tourniquet and not to cut a snake bite. But there is a lot that I do not know, and as shown with the USPSA match incident, a lot of folks might be prepared with the proper products, but may not know how to use them. We need to fix that.
Thankfully, in addition to the instructions packaged with all of these emergency products, we also have access to the internet. No, I’m not talking about grabbing your phone in the field and going to WebMD or Dr. Google. I mean doing your homework ahead of time, taking a couple minutes from your day here and there to learn how to do something simple, correctly, just in case you ever actually need to use the stuff in your bug out bag.
First up, is wound packing. Mostly because of the issue at the USPSA event, where it may or may not have been helpful or needed, but it didn’t matter, because there were a bunch of bug out bag owners with the right gear, but their thumbs stuck up their butts. For this quick, simple lesson, I’ll refer you to Life Line: Warrior Medicine, over at Full30.com.
See, that didn’t hurt a bit. And the difference between doing it right, and doing it wrong can be life and death.