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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7 Steps to Save A Life

Trauma Medicine is surprisingly simple, but it’s far from easy. Since this is a stressful, life-or-death struggle, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. If you have never been faced by a situation like trauma, deciding on what to do first is the hardest thing to overcome. I’ve found that breaking down an emergency into easily manageable…

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Trauma Emergencies and the COVID-19 Outbreak

Everyone is talking about it. Everyone. I haven’t had a single conversation in the last 3 weeks that hasn’t included something about the Corona virus outbreak. While not exactly the apocalypse, times are even more tense then usual and America is bracing itself to weather the coming storm. The future is as unclear as ever…

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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…

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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…

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A War Medic’s Tips for Avoiding Panic

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…

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