How Long Can You Leave A Tourniquet Before Amputation?

Tourniquets are a frequent topic of discussion on the Mountain Man Medical YouTube channel and I’ve been seeing a lot of rumors. Most of these rumors come from the old ways of doing things. All medicine is constantly changing, year to year and sometimes month to month as scientists and doctors search for the best…

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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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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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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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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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Why’d You Put That in Your Med Kits? Part: 2

In the last post I talked about why I chose to include the default SWAT-T Tourniquets in our kits, instead of the North American Rescue Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT). Hopefully that left you with a good perspective and a look at the rest of the items will help to clear up anything that’s still a…

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Why’d You Put That in Your Med Kits?

Not everyone has a background in medicine and may not fully understand the wide variety of gear that’s available on the market. Those people tend to take me at my word that the items in the Mountain Man Medical kits are the best options for the widest number of situations. Others have asked why I…

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