How to Save a Life: A Testimonial for Tactical Medic Course
In less than 3 weeks after completing the Tactical Medic INDOC course, I was given a real-world pop quiz of what I learned in the program right on my doorstep, Literally. Here’s my story….
I was working at my laptop when I heard my mom frantically yelling, “There’s someone at the door bleeding!” I went out outside as she called 911, and saw an elderly man profusely bleeding from a cut that extended from his elbow to just above his wrist wide open on the inside of his forearm. I gave him papertowels and told him to apply pressure. Then I grabbed my tourniquet (with mud still caked on from the INDOC weekend) and applied it to the arm of the bleeding extremity as fast and tight as I could. During the wait for the EMS, the gentleman was near losing consciousness. A retired paramedic arrived and we laid the him down and cushioned his head.
….fast forward, the EMS arrived and worked on him in the ambulance. Afterwards, the Paramedic came by to shake my hand and thanked me for assisting the gentleman. Upon asking him if the Tourniquet application was done proficiently, he said it was perfect. My neighbor, the retired medic, said it was a great call, and probably saved his life. The man was able to leave the hospital the same day and after speaking with him, he told me he had lost 2 pints of blood. There’s no telling how much he lost before he got to my door, but the red trail was still there at the house next door.
This is why we train.
To be prepared to provide emergency care at a moment’s notice. This example is a testament to my training and the instructors of the Urban Tactical Combat Medic course. Their great instruction gave me the knowledge to act quickly without hesitation and get the situation under control until help arrived. I advocate everyone have this knowledge of the body and make it a priority to take time out and learn these techniques. Thanks again to the amazing instructors of the Urban Tactical Medic course for your thorough instruction and taking the initiative to teach this vital information to all.
Tactical Medic INDOC Graduate