Before a victim of a vehicle accident, natural disaster, mass shooting attack or even a household injury with massive hemorrhaging ever reaches the emergency room, there is chaos and a lot of action. It’s fair to say that trauma care is rarely organized. In most cases, law enforcement and even the trauma victim’s friends or family make it to the scene first. When the medics do arrive, they’re furiously working against the clock to control the bleeding while en route to the emergency room. The hard reality? In cases when bleeding control is not addressed immediately at the point of injury, the patient is often dead upon arrival to the hospital or very close to it.
Outside of the emergency room, traumatic external bleeding is not common in the hospital. Even in the emergency room, hemorrhaging cases are a small percentage in comparison to the number of heart attacks, strokes and various impact related injuries. To enhance patient care at “the scene of the crime,” every EMT’s toolkit should always include the following three emergency medical devices: [Read more…] about Traditional Trauma Training for the Non-Traditional