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Immediate Treatment of Gunshot Wounds
Have you ever thought of what may happen should you become involved in a negligent shooting at the range, or while hunting at the cabin, or an unintentional discharge while cleaning your gun? What if you are in the mall or big box hardware store when the loser goes berserk and starts shooting the place up, and you or your loved one are shot?
These are things we don’t want to think about, but we must if we are to not only survive but come out of that situation victorious.
Many of us falsely believe the paramedics are just a few minutes away. Let me tell you, they may not be!
Every single Paramedic, EMT and Fire Fighter we’ve come across, and we meet them almost every day, is highly skilled and very experienced….and smart. They have all kinds of lifesaving gear, and the experience and know-how to use it.
What they do not have, are guns and bulletproof vests.
So, while it is true that they are only a few minutes away and ready, willing and able to help, they’re not going into a violent crime scene until the police declare that scene safe. Clearing a scene takes time; and clearing a large crime scene, like the mall or big box store, will take a long time.
What do we do in those precious minutes until professional help is able to safely enter a scene?
Robert Zenoni, of Midwest Civilian Aid Trainers, LLC (MCAT) is presenting a 5-hour class on the Immediate Treatment of Gunshot Wounds. This class is offered both with and without an Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK). You will receive the same instruction either way, and you will be using our training equipment, not the equipment, not your NEW IFAK. Modern-day IFAKS are not the first aid kits we all received when we were Boy Scouts, these are serious life-saving kits that are not meant to be deployed for boo-boo’s.
This training session is NOT sanctioned by any medical authority and will NOT certify any participant in any medical rating. It is designed for the layman and first responder as a learning tool to broaden his/her knowledge base for rendering aid to someone or him/her self in dire circumstances.
By using the most current medical aid techniques, we have developed a hybrid training session, which dispenses with complicated medical jargon and is taught in plain English (with the medical information and jargon available if you just want to know).
The session is divided into one-hour segments, with breaks, beginning with non-medical aspects of a gunshot wound in a public place, a range, a hunting cabin or the home.
The session then progresses thru how to arrive, access and approach a victim, how to assess the danger surrounding a victim, how to move or reposition a victim, and of course, how to render some sort of aid to that victim.
A few of the talking points considered are;
1. the Good Samaritan code or laws of the state in which you live and the way we can “fit” within that law to protect ourselves
2. Our A.C.R. method (we pronounce it ACER), which we developed to help the layman, Good Samaritan or first responders, remember six simple steps to render aid to a gunshot wound victim in a criminal/tactical situation;
A-Arrive/Locate, Assess & Approach
R-Render Aid, Reassess
3. Assessing danger at the scene of a gunshot wound and how to react to it.
4. Methods for controlling or helping control a scene of possible chaos.
5. How to render basic aid to a victim of traumatic gunshot, using the US
The MARCH algorithm;
A-Airway Injury Management
R-Respiratory System Injury
There will be plenty of time to ask as many questions as is needed, to clarify a point and the final portion of the class is spent with hands on the items in your IFAK (using our training items, not yours), dragging, lifting and carrying a victim, victim body positions, victim airway position, and anything that the participants want/need to practice.
Training Session Title;
Immediate Treatment of Gunshot Wounds
X5 Hours in Length
We will need the use of a large classroom with moveable tables and chairs. A chalkboard is handy but not necessary, and a video projector and screen or large format TV/Monitor with cables are also required. Given notice, we can bring a projector and screen.
Limited by room size and ability to see the screen/TV. Students will work in pairs of partners/buddies or larger groups for the hands on portion.
Training Session Description;
A five hour training session to introduce the layman to the basic aid which needs to be rendered to a gunshot victim in the home, hunting cabin, street, while hunting or on the shooting range. We will also present a detailed plan for rendering aid to victims in hazardous or high threat situations. THIS IS NOT A GENERAL FIRST AID COURSE, and will be tailored to the specific traumatic injuries due to a gunshot wound sustained these locations. Although a medical class, everyday language will be used and the participant will have the ability to ask as many questions as desired. Participants will be exposed to a PowerPoint presentation with lecture and will have hands on training in the use of each item in an IFAK for both self-applied lifesaving measures and as a "buddy aid" lifesaving measure. Discussion and questions will be encouraged.