Rangers Lead the Way with Innovative War Medicine

History was made by Staff Sergeant Charles Bowen and Sergeant Ty Able one long night in Afghanistan when they utilized a brand-new procedure developed by the Army to keep our nations warriors in the fight. The Ranger O Low Titer (or ROLO as the troops know it), uses a live donor to supply combat medics…

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The SWAT-T is the Best Backup Tourniquet

Having a commercial, purpose-made tourniquet ready to go in an emergency is essential for keeping someone alive. Trying to build your own on the spot takes time you don’t have and won’t be nearly as effective as something like the CAT. And no, your belt is not an acceptable substitute of a quality tourniquet. I…

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Keeping Your Cool When Calling 911

If you’ve ready any of the articles in this blog, you may have heard me harping on the fact that, in an emergency, the first step should be to call 911. Emergencies are concerning because of the lack of available resources needed to keep a casualty alive. Emergencies don’t generally occur in a hospital fully…

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3 Degrees: How to Treat Burns

If you’re just jumping into this article, go check out the last article I wrote explaining the degrees of burns and some of the risk factors associated with them. This way, you’ll better understand what I’m talking about in this next in the series about how to treat this type of emergency. I’ll start this…

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3 Degrees: Understanding Burn Injuries

According to the CDC, over 1 million people a year are reported to have burns that require medical attention. These burns can come from a lot of different factors, from thermal burns like exposure to a heat source, or from chemicals. With the rioting and looting going on in America today, the Molotov Cocktail is…

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First Aid Basics: Wound Care and Infections

Your skin is the largest organ of the human body and responsible for many different things relating to maintaining homeostasis. One of the important things that skin does is protect the body from bacteria. If the skin is cut, scraped, scratched, torn, punctured, or compromised in anyway, the barricades are down and open for the…

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Wedding Rings Can Cost You a Finger

After leaving the military, I worked for a short time in an ammunition factory. Expensive loading machines have a tube full of shock sensitive primers and one day, a primer stack blew up while a coworker was clearing a malfunction, amputating his thumb. Amputations are something I have some experience with. I’ve had to work…

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A Successful Rescue

This is a follow up to the article, Why You Shouldn’t Try to Rescue Someone in Danger. If you haven’t read it, go check it out and this will make more sense. To help your memory, here are the 3 main points of why it’s a good idea to leave a rescue to the professionals:…

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Why You Should NOT Rescue Someone in Danger

Reporter: “What were you thinking when you jumped in to save them?” Citizen Hero: “I didn’t. I didn’t think, I just reacted.” Maybe you’ve heard a statement like this in a news story when a hero leaps into action, and without a thought, puts themselves at great risk to save the life of another person.…

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Extraction: How to Patch Yourself Like a Badass

Disclaimer** This article contains spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie, go check it out first so I don’t ruin it for you. When I was a kid, my dad, a career firefighter, used to stand in the doorway of the kitchen when we watched movies and point out all the fake parts, then carefully…

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