Re: Wilderness First Aid
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Fri, 16 May 1997 07:58:24 -0700
I would like to echo Blaine Jackson's comments, and an emotion expressed
It is good to be as well trained as you can. I honestly do not much care
if you can reduce a fracture or not, and I DO want you to activate the EMS
(bring in the helos) when necessary. You don't always have the "golden
hour" though. The "golden hour" concept - used in the military since the
civil war - applies to people who have good help in the field. You cn
bleed to death in a few minutes, after all.
The well trained think through the problems better.
The well trained don't panic.
The well trained treat the serious injuries first.
The well trained don't do stupid things as often as the poorly trained.
The well trained call for help.
So, while I don't want to see someone trying to pack out my son if he has
fallen and has a broken neck, I do want him out with someone who is
well-enough trained to recognize the possibilities, make sure he is dry
and warm (minimizing secondary damage), keeps him from bleeding out before
the EMT's show up.
I want leaders who think clearly, learn what they need to know, and know
Many thanks to all who have contributed to this discussion both publically
and privately. I think it has helped all of us think a little more
Timothy J. O'Leary, M.D.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City