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Surprised by how many don't know
#1
I post a lot over on Illinois carry forum. I was surprised by how much misinformation and dated information is being spread about first aid and especially about traumatic wound care. Most don't realize that tourniquets have become and proven to be an essential tool to deal with severe extremity trauma. Here a a few links to information I have posted on the other site and thought they might be of use to educate people here also:

https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

http://www.jems.com/articles/print/volum...thers.html

http://www.jems.com/articles/2016/12/lif...clamp.html

 http://www.jems.com/articles/print/volum...edics.html

https://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/a...s-tampons/

http://www.emsworld.com/article/10319706...-need-know

http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-profes...ives-limbs
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#2
Yeah, there was a time when the tourniquet fell out of favor, but I think it was Afghanistan where it proved again to be a life saver.
It sucks, but many medical advances (especially for traumatic wound care) comes from war.
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#3
My son is in his second semester of college right now.  He turned 18 back in July.  He's expressed an interest in becoming a Paramedic so next semester he plans to take the required EMT courses which is 9 credit hours for the certification.  After that the Paramedic program is something like 42 more credit hours and he plans to take that which would put him pretty close to an AA degree.  

I was very happy to see him pick a direction and goal and particularly happy that it will be in a highly useful skill set.
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#4
Being a paramedic paid my bills for 16 years. It is a young men's job. When I started the stretchers could hold 350lbs, when I left we had gotten new stretchers deigned to hold 750lbs. There was still only two people on each ambulance to lift it.

I was the first one in our area to earn an AAS in Paramedicine. I had all the college credits and was already a licensed paramedic. I had to go in and take the two finale exams for each of the paramedic classes and pay for the credits and then I earned my degree. Newspaper did an article about me being the first in the area.

With all that being said, anymore I encourage those thinking about going into the EMS to pursue a nursing degree. There are many more options. When you are younger and in shape, flight nursing is a great path, pediatric trauma nursing, and being an ER nurse, I enjoyed my time in the OR doing clinic hours, and are all great options. Down the road he would have lots of options to go into. Paramedics are fairly limited and most end up leaving the field for other jobs that pay more. about a third of them that I worked with went into nursing. Most ended up going into other career paths, law enforcement, coroner, two left and went into banking.

Don't get me wrong, I loved my job as a paramedic and it was fun and exciting. Plus, I have a great skill set that allows me to take care of most medical situations i run into. Although I wonder if I had spent time in the nursing instead of paramedic where I may of went? I instructed for the college as a field trainer, I was ACLS instructor, PEPP instructor, BTLS instructor, but as the nurses I taught with would get advancements and move into different careers, I was stuck as a supervisor and that was it.

Although I had the great job opportunity open up that I'm currently in and making lots more money than I could of in EMS or even nursing. Just encourage him to keep his options open.
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