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CR Williams

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Casualty add to drills
« on: April 30, 2014, 04:25:48 PM »
This is an add-on to any shooting drill and requires someone else and a tourniquet or bandage and tape that you can use for training only. The 2nd level can be mimed and talked through if you don't want to use the bandage and tape.

The add is simple.

First level: At any time during the course of the drill, partner can tap or otherwise indicate a limb. This can be either arm or leg. This is a casualty indicator. When you get it, you must apply the TQ. And, by the way, you must complete the drill while you're doing that. You have about a minute if an artery is hit before you get too fuzzy to perform proper self-aid, usually; that's your time limit here. If there is still shooting or bad guys to be dealt with in the drill, you have to accommodate that. Up to you how you manage it. This part is to train you to administer self-aid quickly.

Second level: Partner can designate a body hit instead of a limb hit. You must simulate application of packing, blood-stoppers, pressure bandages, etc. You can do this with some medical stuff you're not going to use in the wild or act it out as you talk it through.

Team variation. When working with two or more shooters, one shooter can be designated. Again, you must complete the drill or scenario. Casualty can apply self-aid and/or you can run through what you know of Combat Casualty Care. Up to you how you do it.

That's it. You need to learn how to a) stay in the fight when you're hit and b) avoid dying after you've won. This will help you do that.
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Re: Casualty add to drills
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014, 07:52:28 AM »
Great drill CR!

For those that haven't read it yet. Dr. John Meade's "Beating The Reaper" is a great read prior to doing this drill.

Better yet of course would be taking Dr. Meade's "Tactical Medicine 1" class, which is on my list. As Dr. Meade points out in his book, advanced care is likely to be delayed in a shooting situation. EMS is usually not allowed into the scene until LE has determined it safe and that takes time you may not have if you don't know self-aid.