Stop The Bleed… Means More than Just Using a Tourniquet!

Stop The Bleed, the national campaign initiated by the White House in response to the many recent active shooter incidents in the U.S., has garnered significant attention and support over the past two years. Active shooter situations, coupled with research that has come out of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, have helped us clarify that the greatest cause of preventable death after trauma is uncontrolled hemorrhage, whether internal or external. In the treatment of myocardial infarction, it has long been said ... Read more

11 Lessons Learned from the FBI Study on Active Shooters

About a year ago, the FBI released its most recent research report on active shooters in the United States.  The 47-page report is quite informative and worth the time to read. The study looks at a very small and well defined subset of mass shootings.  According to the publication: “This is not a study of mass killings or mass shootings, but rather a study of a specific type of shooting situation law enforcement and the public may face. Incidents identified in this study ... Read more

When should you call Search and Rescue?

When should you call Search and Rescue? What happens when you do? Let's find out more about when you should call search and rescue (SAR), what information you will need to provide, how long a response usually takes and more.   Who should you call if you need search and rescue? The only way to get in touch with search and rescue is to call 911 and you will get the sheriff’s office dispatch. You tell them the nature of your emergency and if ... Read more

Why I Recertified My Wilderness First Aid Early

This is what prompted me to renew my cert almost a year early: Yesterday our kids were out riding motorcycles in the neighbor’s backyard on the small motocross course they have set up. One of the neighbor boys, Marshall, overshot the tabletop and crashed, went over the handlebars, and landed on his head. Garrett knew I had first aid training and came home to get me. I rushed to the scene and held c-spine on Marshall until the paramedics arrived. Marshall was ... Read more

Wilderness First Aid: Psychosocial Development and the Five Stages of Grief

by Michael M. Throughout life, people change. Whether it is psychological or physiological, this change will always happen. Although many disagree about whether people change in stages or in one continuous movement, it is unanimous that people develop. For our 10 hours of community service, Adam S. and I volunteered at a course called Wilderness First Aid (WFA), taught by Center for Wilderness Safety. WFA is a 16-25-hour long course that is open to all people 14 and older. It teaches how to ... Read more

NEW First Aid & CPR Guidelines Now In Effect

BREAKING NEWS — The American Red Cross and American Heart Association have announced major changes to guidelines for administering first aid. Among the most noteworthy revisions are new and updated recommendations for the treatment of bleeding; recognition of stroke; recovery position; anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction); use of aspirin with heart attacks; and treatment of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in diabetics.  Every 5 years, the science and practices related to First Aid, CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are reviewed and new recommendations related to ... Read more

Does Aspirin really help against a Heart Attack?

Chewable aspirin is absorbed faster and is more effective than regular aspirin that is either swallowed whole or chewed and then swallowed, a new study shows. This “seemingly quite simple finding” could lead to improvements in the care of heart attack patients, researchers say. Sean Nordt, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues, gave three different types of aspirin to 14 people between ages of 20 and 61. One group was given regular solid aspirin tablets and told to ... Read more

Are We Killing Our Best Chance At Stopping Lyme Disease?

The only good snake is a dead snake. At least, that’s what my high school friend said the time we went backpacking and he chopped a garter snake in half with a machete. He wiped the blade in the grass while the tiny, non-venomous, non-constricting snake writhed—the last twitches of a non-threat neutralized. Most snakes are harmless to humans, but developing a healthy fear of them kept our ancestors from getting squeezed to death or suffering a painful—and occasionally lethal—bite. But we ... Read more

Lightning Safety Basics

Many years ago, I found myself on a camping trip hunkered down on a foam mat trying to find safety from the storm overhead. To this day, I still have memories of my hair standing up on end, the smell of ozone and the rattle of metal objects during that storm. Since that storm, I have found myself in far too many thunderstorms while traveling in remote environments. Some of the storms were closer than others, but each inspiring awe, fear ... Read more

Understanding Hypothermia

Understanding how our bodies create, maintain and lose heat is key to preventing hypothermia. By taking a few proactive measures to make sure that the body is able to optimize heat generation and maintenance, outdoor ventures in cool and cold climates can be safer and more comfortable. The body produces heat by metabolizing the energy in the food we eat, making it important to remain well fed and hydrated before, during and after participating in activities in cold environments. Ensuring regular consumption ... Read more
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