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  • Ian T. Mena-Wieland

Medical Training

Not a medic:

Medical training has, in the past, not been associated with the tactical use of the firearm. The general consensus was that the defender had 911 to rely on for injuries, and law enforcement and military would have medics.

Well rounded:

Today, we see an enlightening. Just like the gun, if we do not have the medical equipment and training to support it, people can die. If we have injuries or wounds to our loved ones, innocents, or ourselves, we cannot wait to begin treatment.

Truly, we are much more likely to use medical equipment than our defensive firearm. How many times have you driven past the scene of an accident and hoped that nobody is seriously injured? How many times has somebody close to you injured themselves and left you wondering what to do?

This does not mean that everyone needs to complete a college level paramedic course. With options like Tactical Medicine, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, and even short Stop The Bleed courses, options exist to attend blocks of instruction that familiarize and de-mystify on scene treatment of a patient. Some firearms training courses even come with a build in medical block of instruction.

The bottom line is that we carry defensive equipment to save our lives, but we cannot neglect to address the potential negative medical outcomes of a life and death encounter.

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