Stuck Pig Medical will be offering its Partisan Life Saver course in Spokane, WA on October 21-23, 2022. Stuck Pig Medical usually offers its courses at the Brushbeater training site in North Carolina, so it is rare to have one out here in Washington. Sign up and pay for the class through the Stuck Pig Medical store part of their website – CLICK HERE. If you’re really serious about some medical training, you can join the second tier of Stuck Pig Medical’s Patreon and have access to twice-weekly, live-streamed, medical classes of one to two hours in length for a cost of about $15 per month. Sign up early before all of the spots are gone.
Partisan Life Saver: $600 A three-day course that is the next step up from the TCCC course. The TCCC course is not a prereq for this. Covers everything that is covered in the basic course, but goes more in-depth on the subject. This is a wet course, which means fake blood is used, bring clothing that you don’t mind being potentially stained.
Topics covered: *Why TCCC is important *How to treat battlefield/trauma wounds *What interventions should you get *How to pack an IFAK *How to make things to practice with
Everything is provided for the class, if there is something specific you want to try out, feel free to bring it to class.
If you order an IFAK or Bleeder Kit in conjunction with this, put in the notes if you want it shipped to you, or if you would rather just pick up the kit(s) when you show up for class.
Tourniquets to control bleeding has been in use for centuries, sometimes praised and sometimes reviled as a tool of the devil. Painful lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, however, lead us to believe that they save lives that would otherwise be lost to hemorrhage. In civilian life, the rapid and effective use of a tourniquet by those at the scene gives valuable time for emergency medical personnel to arrive. In survival settings, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know having tourniquets in your medical kit is not a bad idea.
For years, the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) has approved a small number of commercially available tourniquets, which I’m sure many of you have in your medical kits: They include the combat application tourniquet or CAT and the special operation forces tourniquet SOF-T.
These are the tourniquets you’ll find in our medical kits. We also add the non-TCCC SWAT tourniquet as a secondary tourniquet in many of them, mostly due to its versatility to also function as a pressure dressing and splint stabilizer.
Now, the TCCC committee has widened the range of options acceptable for the effective control of bleeding. One of their additions is the SAM-XT (pictured at top of page), produced by the venerable Dr. Sam Scheinberg of SAM medical. SAM is well-known for producing malleable splints useful for a number of orthopedic injuries, and now their tourniquet is considered acceptable for even military use…
You may have heard me reference something called “TCCC” in previous articles, podcasts, or videos. TCCC, sometimes called T3C or T triple C, is a term that means Tactical Combat Casualty Care. It represents the recommendations with regards to prehospital care of soldiers who have incurred traumatic injuries on the battlefield. Established in the mid-1990s, TCCC guidelines have become so widely accepted that many law enforcement and civilian medical personnel have adopted them.
And well they should. These protocols were developed at the cost of painful lessons in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is thought that there were 1000 preventable deaths in these conflicts. If you add civilian injuries during the same time period, the number of preventable deaths might number in the hundreds of thousands. The TCCC’s primary goals is to save lives, prevent additional casualties, and, in true military fashion, complete the mission…In survival settings, you can’t duplicate the care given at a field hospital or a trauma center. Your final outcomes won’t always be happy. You might, however, use some of the methods in MARCH/PAWS to possibly save the life of those who would otherwise die during or in the aftermath of a disaster…