Tagged: medical

Greg Ellifritz: Good Instructors Have More Than Just Shooting Skills

Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training:

Consider this logical inconsistency. You train regularly with your weapons to become more self sufficient but then you have “call 911” as your only contingency medical plan? That’s the equivalent of having “I’ll just call the police” as your only plan for defending against criminal violence…

Read post at Active Response Training

Caleb Causey: Get Your Trauma Priorities Straight: Mindset, Education, Then Tools

Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics:

If you have to ask, “What items should I keep in my Medical Kit?” or “Which IFAK is the best?” The answer is “EDUCATION!” Yes, I’m yelling. When you ask me these questions you’re telling me two things. First off, you don’t have a clue what you’re doing. Second, you probably don’t have a clue how to use a med kit even if you had one.

I’m not saying that you couldn’t figure it out eventually, but let’s be really clear about things. Waiting until a family member is lying in the ditch with a car flipped upside-down on the side of the highway is not the time to start trying to figure out how to use your med kit. Waiting until your fellow Officer is bleeding out in an alley is not the time to start trying to “figure it out.” I commend you on your efforts and the mere fact that you at least have med gear. However, your priorities are flawed. Let’s focus on three things and remember them in this order: Mindset, Education and Tools.

Having the correct mindset creates the foundation for accomplishing a task…

Continue reading at ITS Tactical

Kathy Jackson: For Instructors—A Wake Up Call

Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat:

A few things to learn from a medical emergency on the range as reported <here>. According to eyewitnesses, at an action pistol match, one person was pasting targets in one bay while another person was shooting a stage in the next bay over. One of the shooter’s rounds apparently ricocheted (or traveled directly through) a crack in the concrete barriers separating the two bays, striking the taper in the chest.

The linked article has more to say, but — in part because of my current writing project which is a book for instructors — I’m thinking about instructors today. What do instructors need to learn from incidents like this?

1) Safety is not “everyone’s job.” It is the job of each one of us, individually…

Continue reading at Cornered Cat…

The video that was on YouTube has been made private, but this screenshot of the preview frame is more than enough to see that mistakes were made. Especially when we consider that USPSA has a 180 rule (section 10.5.2).


What do you see here? Sound off in the comments.

UPDATE: The video has been re-uploaded. Thanks to Annette Evans of Beauty Behind the Blast for letting us know!

Why I Doubled My Range Med Kit

A single bullet causing multiple gunshot wounds in a range accident seemed plausible, so I checked to see if it ever actually happens. Turns out it does:

One bullet hurts two men in Bridgeport shooting range accident

Two men injured in Casselberry gun range accident

Man shot in both arms at Bellevue gun range sues

As a result, I doubled up my minimum range trauma kit to treat two different wounds. Quadrupled up on gloves in case two different people get injured and I have to switch off between them.

Intro To Bloodborne Pathogens For Martial Artists & Instructors

By Lenny Sclafani, DDS

You have yourself and students to protect. This means, no matter what your legal status is, that you are ahead of the game if you train your employees in how to deal with blood spills, injuries (where there is blood), and students who have been exposed to another’s blood, salvia and/or other body fluids contaminated with blood.

To protect yourself, your students and employees, and potentially to protect yourself legally, you should have protective gloves, disinfectants, plastic disposable bags and other items suggested in this article available for use by yourself, other school teachers or staff and students…

Continue reading part 1 and part 2, by Lenny Sclafani, DDS, at Fighting Arts.