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  1. 1oldcoyote

    Near death

    Circa Fall; 1983. I was a career city firefighter. I helped fight a business fire one fall day in my home town. Capt's truck responded to the store front on main st. Lt & I responded around back in an ally. We seen heavy black smoke wafting up around a below ground stair well wooden door. We...
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    How I would give 1st aid to myself. If I had an open chest wound in the field.

    Winter of 89 while working off of a ladder. Assisting fighting a 2.5 story house fire. I was on a ladder over the front steps of the house. I fell 12' to the concrete below. Slamming flat on my back onto the cement sidewalk. A mili-second before impact. My lumbar area which ended up being at an...
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    How I would give 1st aid to myself. If I had an open chest wound in the field.

    Well in my attempt to stop this thread from going awry(See; personal insults). Is the reasoning behind my replies. I've seen enough badness happen to people during my 28yrs of fire/ems. Have I seen it all, H#ll no. But I'm not some internet wannabe arm chair quarterback doctor either. My field...
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    How I would give 1st aid to myself. If I had an open chest wound in the field.

    Pneumothorax/tension pneumothroax. Bigjay73, I'm a tough ole boy. I've experienced my own trauma & sucked it up. During my medic years I've seen quite a few people with severe trauma(including many women). Speaking of women from what I have witnessed. They are the tougher of the sexes by far. I...
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    How I would give 1st aid to myself. If I had an open chest wound in the field.

    Open chest wound; How I would treat myself. In Emergency Services, the phrase "Golden Hour". Refers to the likely hood of survival in a serious trauma incident. Getting that victim to advanced emergency care/treatment within that 1st hour. There are many factors that play into that 1st hour as...
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    Broken ribs

    Your lucky none of your broken ribs didn't lacerate an artery. I never had a broken rib. However, I've taken some stout hits elsewhere. Some were during fist fights. Some were non-fight related trauma. Back when I was a young buck.
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    Broken ribs

    I will also add. Behind each rib, lies an artery, vein & nerve. IF, any of those broken ribs lacerate that artery. It is bad news. As that artery continues to bleed & fill up the space(pleural space). Between the inner chest wall & lung. That lung will eventually be compressed & or collapse...
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    Broken ribs

    Speaking of medical tape. I'm not sure what is on the market now days? As it's been quite a few yrs now since I was a medic. I suggest using tape that will adhere well on sweaty/blood covered skin. Tape we used back then. IF... the skin surface was wet/bloody/sweaty.... That tape did not stick...
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    Broken ribs

    Closed chest wound; I have experienced that while being a medic. Multiple adjacent rib fractures are called a "Flail Chest". Flail chest injury is when a person has multiple broken (adjacent ribs). One can palpate/feel the area & or sometime see the outer chest wall abnormality. Especially noted...
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    My quest

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  11. 1oldcoyote

    My quest

    My quest for the ever elusive Mountain Lion. Since my 1st sighting in Winter of 2006. I've hunted hard every year. To find a fresh track. The two snow tracks are from the same lion. Track print is roughly 4.5" wide. The other tracks are from smaller lions. I found all of these tracks during one...
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    One of my views on basic 1st aid.

    Yep I read that & some other pro & con opinions. I'm still convinced it helps with cerebral perfusion. As a side note; MAST Trousers work in relationship to cerebral perfusion/consciousness. Via depression of the body's lower arterial/venous system. Thus assisting in retaining consciousness. I...
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    One of my views on basic 1st aid.

    City Fire Dept & County Ambulance Services I worked for. Both carried MAST Trousers as part of their EMS equipment. Mainly for the use of stabilizing pelvic /leg fractures & to assist in upper body blood volume perfusion. The only "con" that I'm aware of for the non-use of MAST Trousers. Would...
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    One of my views on basic 1st aid.

    For those who do not know. M.A.S.T Trousers are Military Anti-Shock Trousers. Worn by fighter pilots. They are air operated pneumatic trousers. That inflate during G-force situations. To compress the lower extremities & abdomen. To assist in forcing lower extremity/abdomen blood volume. Up to...
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    One of my views on basic 1st aid.

    I whole heartedly disagree. However, that is your instructors option to believe as they wish. I understand there are varied opinions referring to the "Trendelenburg" position for treating shock. Some say it helps, some disagree. I look at as helping to keep the brain perfused. Somewhat semilar...
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    One of my views on basic 1st aid.

    A few points of basic knowledge/skill; Basic 1st aid does not always require specialized equipment/knowledge. A layperson can often get by using common sense(Best to remain calm). Stopping bleeding; Direct pressure over the wound is best. Arterial or large vein wounds can often require extremely...
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    I’ll miss you, Lilly

    Few things in Life that can choke me up. Loosing a good dog being one of them. Sorry for your loss.
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    45 1911 gift

    One of my older bro's gave me one of his 45's. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52168799700_e670d7d5f4_z.jpg
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    Frozen hands

    During Wintertime predator hunts with the WC below zero. I wear a full head polyester knitted facemask. Over that, I wear a full head & neck. Nomex Fire hood. Nomex fire hoods as in a firefighting hood. Are fire resistive & have an extremely tight weave. Which work extremely well at blocking...
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