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Amazing Point of Wounding Care Video

Amazing video from Michael Yon and an excellent example of early point of wounding care. Pay close attention to the early and effective tourniquet application.   Read Michael's complete work up at Note: This video is a bit long and very graphic.  - Read More

The (ultra) quick guide to armor threat levels.

We tried to watch a 47 second video the other day.  Because of our attention span we missed the last 39 seconds.  So here's an explanation of armor levels for people like us: Level III Non armor-piercing rounds from AK-47, AR15/M4/M16, M1, Dragunov/SVD, FN FAL, and SKS. Level III Hard Armor is designed and tested to protect against 7.62mm FMJ (.308), steel jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147gr) and a velocity of 847 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2780 ft/s ± 30 ft/s), as well as 7.62 x 39 ball ammunition, and 5.56..  - Read More

Responding to an attack at contact range

In  a recent article about the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) report we made note of the fact that 24 of the 48 officers killed in the line of duty in 2012 were shot to death from 0-5 feet away from their attackers. Additionally, one officer was stabbed to death and another beaten to death or strangled by an assailant. These ranges are known as contact range. Once you are within contact range, the less distance you have between you and your aggressor. This is also known as being "inside the kill zone" and there is a..  - Read More

The Case For Needle Decompression

Perhaps no component of the TCCC guidelines has been more controversial for the medical establishment than the idea of needle thoracentesis or needle decompression (ND) by non-medical personnel.  Long held as an advanced procedure reserved for physicians and paramedics, the introduction of this invasive skill to combat lifesavers caused a stir that has yet to die down in some sectors. Tension Pneumothorax ND is the current best-practice for minimally invasive treatment of tension pneumothorax.  Caused by either blunt or penetrating trauma (along with medical causes that are outside the scope of this discussion), tension pneumothorax is the compression of the..  - Read More

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