Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Redback One Medical Training and Blowout Kits

Redback One offers a 5-day Combat Lifesaver Course specially designed for military personnel. We also offer Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) training to law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel. In a collaborative effort with Chris from Condition Red, we are able to certify our students in the life saving skills outlined in the protocols of TCCC.

As a former Special Operations patrol medic I am always on the lookout for new products to aid those going into harms way. Medical blowout kits are hot on my watch list and I have not seen any good designs of late. So I called Muz from SORD USA to find out the latest on the new medical pouch? Redback One and SORD have a great relationship and both companies often come together to collaborate on new projects. I have been using the SORD CFA medical pouch for a long time now and with input from current members of Special Operations Australia and myself we have come up with a new medical pouch called the CFA Small.

I always carry my CFA Blowout kit when training, it forms the basis of my medical response should I incur a casualty during training. I have witnessed several incidents over the years that involved persons being shot during training. None on my watch thank goodness! From my experience, gun shot wounds during training are the result of inadequate training, performing a drill incorrectly during handling and operation or poor personal discipline. Typically the injuries sustained have been reasonably minor and casualties have presented as Prior 3. Most incidents involved pistols being drawn and or re-holstered, resulting in the round entering and exiting the lower extremities. One case to note was the accidental discharge of a carbine while performing a transition drill. The M855 round passing clean through the boot and foot.

To deal with casualties in remote areas or high risk areas such as SWAT operations domestically or military operations overseas, you will need a bag of tricks containing several very important items! This is what I carry in my Blowout Kit:

1. 2x Tourniquets

2. Hemostatic agent (Quickclot/Cellox)

3. Hemostatic Gauze/Hemcon

4. Israeli Bandage

5. 2x Asherman's Chest Seals (ACS)

6. 2x packs of compressed Gauze

7. 1x Elastic Roll Bandage (Wide)

8. Nasopharyngeal (size 28)

9. 2x 14 ga needle catheters

10. Trauma Sheers

11. Field Medical Card

12. 2x Green Chem Lights

13. 1x IR Chem LIght

14. Scalpel

15. Gloves

16. Tape

With this set up and the right training, I should be able to treat most battlefield casualties quickly and effectively by day or night. The TCCC guidelines have been designed for every soldier to effectively reduce the number of preventative deaths on the battlefields.

Armed with the right equipment, the right training and right intervention at the right time, you can make the difference between life and death in austere high risk environments.

If you are interested in medical training, here are some of the course learning objectives for our Combat Lifesaver Course (CLS):

A. Treat all casualties IAW TCCC Guidelines

B. Treat Uncontrollable Hemorrhage

C. Treat Penetrating Trauma to the Chest

D. Open and Maintain an Airway

E. Identify and Treat Tension Pneumothorax

F. Perform Emergency Surgical Airway

G. Initiate Fluid Resuscitation

H. Identify and Treat Non Life Threatening Injuries

I. Prepare Casualties for Transport

J. Identify and Prepare HLZ for Medical Evacuation

K. Complete Field Medical Card

We can bring this course of instruction to your department by way of our Mobile Training Team. Each member of your team could have these life saving skills in just 5-days!

For information on RB1 medical training please contact us directly via phone or email.

Stay safe.

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