The Best NPA on the Market

Casualty Management starts with bleeding control. Tourniquets applied, wounds packed and pressure dressings wrapped. Once we’re certain the bleeding has been completely stopped, we then turn our attention to ensuring the casualty has an open (or “patent”) airway. The casualty needs as much oxygen as possible and if they are unconscious, their tongue can fall…

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Mountain Biking Injuries

There’s a lot to do in the outdoors to get your body moving and your blood pumping with adrenaline. Mountain biking is one of those popular sports where the risk of injury is greater than in other types of sports. If you love what you do, and want to keep doing it, it’s important to…

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Avoiding Infection: Treating Minor Wounds in the Field

Spend any amount of time in the great outdoors and you’re bound to get a few scrapes and knicks and cuts while you cover ground. It’s important to take safety precautions seriously, especially when in a remote location, far from help. A small wound in a big city with hospitals on every nearby corner may…

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Top 5 Items: Hunter IFAK

Last week we talked about the 3 types of injuries you might face while hunting. Being far away from medical help is the biggest reason why an emergency in a remote location is especially dangerous. Even a small injury can hold you back enough to turn a normal day into a life-threatening situation. I’ve spent…

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3 Most Common Hunting Injuries

Hunting in the back country of the Colorado Rockies is tough, even for the most experienced hunters and people come from all over the world just to test themselves here. The wilderness you are hiking through to get an animal is usually difficult to access, even on a good day. Being so far away from…

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A Successful GN Conference

Success! The first annual Guardian Nation Conference was a big win. For me personally, it was the chance to shake off the rust and do some teaching. This conference was the first time I’ve taught tactical medicine in a few years and getting back into the saddle was surprisingly easy. Since is this conference being…

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Emergency Trauma: Where Do You Even Start?

One of the hardest things about trauma medicine is knowing where to begin. If you aren’t somebody who uses these skills on the regular, like an EMT or Paramedic, then you’re likely to be a little off your game. But that’s expected. Emergencies are tense and scary and that can cause an unexperienced first responder…

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Medical Trauma: What is Shock?

Shock is a term that can be very broad in its description but can also be broken down into more precise definitions. Many people mistake the term “shock” to mean that dazed and confused state some victims go into after experiencing something emotionally traumatizing. Emotional shock is still a concern for a medic but is…

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Combat Gauze Vs. QuikClot

One of the things I say with regularity is how important it is to learn wound packing. But if you haven’t heard, here’s why: Wound packing is an essential skill because a tourniquet (TQ) cannot be used to treat all life-threatening bleeding. Don’t get me wrong, TQs work great for arms and legs, but if…

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