Thursday, March 27, 2008

Combat Life Saver

CLS is a crash course in saving life in combat situations. By the very nature of the class, we learn and live my the motto "Mission First, Soldier Always". What we train to do is to stabilize the victim, stop bleeding, stabilize broken bones or protrusions, treat for shock, administer an IV lock and call in for help. The classes are long and the training is hard, but the practical exercises are allot of fun. We get to stick each other with an IV and all sorts of pain inducing stuff. Plus its fun to see the big hard charging guys turn white and faint at the sight of blood. Here I'm sticking a young PFC who did real well, then the same PCF trying and failing twice to hit the vein on me.

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