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First Aid: Why People Die

I’ve had the opportunity to talk with a variety of medics, both in the military and civilian world. From EMTs, paramedics, ER doctors, special operators, fire fighters and first responders, and sometimes I ask why they chose their profession.

Some are in the medical field because they fell into it. But often, the answer I get for why they do such a difficult job is because at some point in their life, they witnessed a life-threatening injury and didn’t know what to do about it.

That feeling of helplessness while they watched someone, maybe someone they loved, struggle to stay alive drove them to pursue their profession. They wanted, badly, to help, but didn’t know where to begin.

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Your Life Depends on Where You Keep Your Med Kit

It confuses me that medical kits are often neglected. I’ve been in the medical world for a few years now and I’ve never had a hard time convincing someone that medical equipment is a good idea to have nearby.

But I still seldom encounter someone who keeps one nearby, even if they’re never more than an arm’s length away from a weapon. A large number of the people in my life don’t think twice about strapping up just to take out the garbage, but haven’t thought twice about having a quality medical kit in easy reach.

I get it. Tourniquets just aren’t as sexy as the latest Glock you’ve had your eye on, or that new combat folder you’ll probably only use to open Amazon boxes. Trust me, I get it because I’m the same way.

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A War Medic’s Tips for Avoiding Panic

Leap into action with a calm, but aggressive decisiveness.

It’s easy to understand that dealing with trauma is stressful. Emergencies are usually unexpected, and the surprise of a life-threatening injury can throw even a normally calm person into panic.

This is especially the case when you don’t have any training in first aid since you aren’t sure what to do. I know well what that particular feeling is like. I have been the one standing there looking at a life-threatening injury and not knowing what to do about it. It’s a terrible feeling and one I work to avoid whenever I can.

Fortunately, it’s possible to avoid that feeling of helplessness, and since it’s affected me so strongly, I’ve put a lot of thought into how it can be dodged. Here’s one technique for how to manage panic in an emergency.

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Free Medical Training at the Concealed Carry Expo in Kansas City

This year the USCCA's signature event, The Concealed Carry Expo returns and will be hosted in Kansas City from March 20th thru the 22nd.

Click here to learn more or register to attend but note pre-registration is not required.

For the first time, Mountain Man Medical will be attending the event and will be hosting some event official medical demonstrations.

Stop by booth 422 to see us and consider staying to watch one of our demonstrations.

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