You and your family are finishing up out on the range and you’re next to a couple of guys, one giving the other some instruction.
You clear your weapons, get your kids off-line and start walking towards your vehicle, you hear a muffled ‘pop’ and a yell of pain. You turn and see the ‘instructor’ holding his left thigh and bright, red blood pulsing out at an alarming rate and quantity.
Three questions: (serious answers only please)
1) What type of vessel has been hit?
2) What do you do?
3) With this type of injury, how much blood can the average adult lose within the first minute post-injury?
4) What do you have with you in your range kit or vehicle to handle such emergencies, and is it sufficient?
1. Pulsing, so it’s probably an artery.
2. Call 911, run like hell to my car, retrieve a pouch off my Go Bag, start with QuickClot, then pressure.
4. I have a IFAK in a pouch on the outside of my ‘Get home’ bag.
And I might have killed him. According to the commenters (some of which are combat medics), I needed to start with a pressure and a tourniquet rather than the QuikClot.
Which exposes a big gaping hole (no pun intended…) in my training: Aside from CPR and some basic first aid, I’ve had no training in dealing with the effects of a negligent discharge.
Time to change that.