Thursday, October 13, 2016

Medical Links: YouTube Medicine - Basic First Aid

One thing the Army gets right, in making training easy (since it's most of what they do, day in and day out) is breaking big things, like medical care for an entire Army, down into the smallest tasks. It's easier to eat the elephant one bite at a time, and it ensures that everyone is on the same note in the symphony, every time they play.

So here's your first YouTube time hole collection of medical care:
How To Open An Airway:
Direct Pressure For Wounds
Apply A Pressure Dressing
If you stuck with those two videos, and get a CPR card, and know how to dial 9-1-1, you've just eliminated the need for the all day Red Cross class on Idiot First Aid.
Higher tech?
Tourniquet Application:
Israeli Pressure Bandage Application:
Cleaning and Disinfecting An Open Wound:
Why cleaning after direct pressure and tourniquets?
If a wound is small and oozing, clean it before you dress and bandage it. But serious wounds need the bleeding stopped FIRST. (You can probably figure out why this is so.) Stop the bleeding first if you need to, and play with it later. If you can clean it up front, it's relatively minor. You should be treating the most serious wounds first anyways, then doing the minor stuff after serious bleeding is stopped.

Burn First Aid Care:
How To Use A First Aid Kit:
Less than an hours' worth of videos, and you've already got as much or more training, for the cost of time and electrons, as you'd get in a paid all day first aid class.

Go over this stuff until you know it cold. And could do it blindfolded, in the dark. Assault or injury may not always take place at noon on a sunny day.

And BTW, this is only the beginning of this series of posts, not an end in itself.

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