Tactical Medic First Responder Course
Over the past weekend i was lucky enough to attend a Tactical Medic First Responder Course here in Dallas.
This class was taught by Jeff Hensley and Sonny Puzikas
Tactical Medic (TacMedic) courses seem to be the new ‘trend’ if you will, and for good reason. This is stuff anyone and everyone should know how to do. This was a two day course that included Force on Force scenarios which puts it beyond the Trauma First Responder Course i took a few months back.
Medical courses is always something i have viewed as interesting material, trauma based even more so. As i talked about in a previous post about in a different First Responder course, the knowledge here is easy to learn, but hard to master. What makes it interesting, or more so depressing is how expensive medical items and classes can be. The reasoning behind this, and why you don’t see all that many of these courses is for the lack of a better term ‘liability’ and money. By making something ‘medical’ the prices skyrocket. Take a Israeli bandages as a example, its a usually absorbing cotton bandage that get wrapped in a elastic wrap to compress on the wound. Brilliant idea using cheap common materials, but because its medical (or military/tactical) it costs a lot more than it should. Even as i put my kit together i am still amazed on how a little metal tube with a plastic sleeve costs $10 dollars.
Everyone should know how to do this
“How many people here are worried about learning how to do treat a Tension Pneumothorax (think collapsed lung) something that has a 0% survivability rate if untreated and causes 22% of trauma deaths?” said Jeff Hensley. “What about a cricothyrotomy (emergency airway puncture [top picture])? Airway blocks are 6% of all trauma deaths.” (The following is paraphrased) “This is one of the easiest things I can teach you to save a (trauma) life. But because its a ‘medical procedure’ it should cost you years of training and thousands of dollars. I know because I’m still paying for mine.” said Jeff (paraphrased).