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by abelru
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Cold pack activating itself
Replies: 17
Views: 3310

Re: Cold pack activating itself

Consider ditching them altogether as well (although removing the water pack is inspired) As far as FAK items go, the cold pack might very well be the rock in my shoe, the thorn in my side, etc., etc. Ice is helpful. Ice can be great for treating the associated sequellae of musculoskeletal trauma. Bu...
by abelru
Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:17 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: New guy looking for input
Replies: 23
Views: 1880

Re: New guy looking for input

looks good as far as a list goes, and very comprehensive. The next best thing to add will be experience. After a few years in practice I pared down my bag to just a few critical items. Experience allows you to improvise a great deal and find multiple applications for some things which superficially ...
by abelru
Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Handguns
Topic: Red Dot for A Ruger 22/45
Replies: 13
Views: 1344

Re: Red Dot for A Ruger 22/45

I don't want an Aimpoint micro because I'm worried the field of view is too small. If the size of the Aimpoint is the biggest/only reason why you are not putting one on the pistol, I would recommend you reconsider it. FOV is a non-issue from my experience with it. It is no more or less confining th...
by abelru
Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Longarms - Shotguns and Rifles
Topic: AR-10's, what to avoid?
Replies: 35
Views: 3091

Re: AR-10's, what to avoid?

One thing to consider before going whole hog on a 10 is parts availability/compatibility/interchangeability I've had an OBR heavy for about 4 years now, and while I love the damn thing, I'd be comforted knowing I could go to the corner BlasterMart and pick up gas rings, firing pin, etc. perhaps even...
by abelru
Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: shaving hair for a head injury
Replies: 11
Views: 3159

Re: shaving hair for a head injury

If you have the training and means (to say nothing of the licensure) to do so, staples. All day, everyday. I've found that every other means of wound closure pales in comparison. Staples are quick, require relatively little skill, and in every instance that I can remember from personal experience, d...
by abelru
Thu Jun 04, 2015 12:53 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Behold!
Replies: 27
Views: 3166

Re: Behold!

Outstanding control, sir!!!

Well done and keep up the good work. Future you will thank you!
by abelru
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: I've got a question, now I'm being serious, don't anyone get
Replies: 20
Views: 1696

Re: I've got a question, now I'm being serious, don't anyone

I'm willing to bet that what we are in the midst of now is the end-phase of the "practice pendulum" swing that occurs stateside following protracted war(s). Same thing happened following 'Nam. It was a pretty revolutionary time. A TON of shit was reevaluated and trialled. Lessons were learned and as...
by abelru
Thu Feb 12, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Medium Sized Tactical Aid Bag Suggestions
Replies: 9
Views: 1695

Re: Medium Sized Tactical Aid Bag Suggestions

I can't say enough good things about Mystery Ranch's RATS pack. Thoughtfully designed, intuitive, and the perfect size. I love mine. One of my biggest gripes sith the STOMP style packs is that they are almost too big, with pockets for your pockets and loops for your loops. It's just a tad too much. ...
by abelru
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:03 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: WWYD Medical Edition - "Stumpy" Steve
Replies: 8
Views: 863

Re: WWYD Medical Edition - "Stumpy" Steve

Ahhh - call the Chaplin? Post Apocalypse, no meds, no antibiotics, no access to a surgeon? I don't see a good ending.... Only ~25% of the time. By most historical accounts, amputations performed during the Civil War had an estimated fatality rate of about 20%-25%. There is some variability in survi...
by abelru
Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: no stitch, no tape wound closure
Replies: 3
Views: 751

Re: no stitch, no tape wound closure

I'm trying to see the virtues of using this system... I can't find any. The possibility for creating a potential space beneath the closure seems quite real. If any significant potential cavity exists, it would significantly increase the rate of post-closure infection. This is one of several reasons ...
by abelru
Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Is it illegal to own a prescription med W/O a prescription?
Replies: 125
Views: 8374

Re: Is it illegal to own a prescription med W/O prescription

Grin Reaper wrote:
exon111 wrote:Why does this thread keep getting resurrected? :roll:
Who's ready to lock this thread and forget it ever happened?
All in favor....
AYE!!!
by abelru
Sun Feb 09, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Ryo's FAK
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Ryo's FAK

I'm not worried so much about the weight but I would love the kit to close without me smashing it down to compress it while zipping it shut. My personal take on IFAK's is that they should only be stocked with items which cannot be improvised or otherwise substituted, and items which save life or li...
by abelru
Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Ryo's FAK
Replies: 14
Views: 1953

Re: Ryo's FAK

Not to be a dick, but with some minimal formal training you could probably consolidate a bit of equipment and lighten up by a few ounces, if not a pound.

Otherwise, well thought out, and well apportioned.
by abelru
Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:18 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: S&W and Ruger no longer selling to California future of ILS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1463

Re: S&W and Ruger no longer selling to California future of

When did 10rds become standard?. All of mine came with 13, or 15 rd magazines, and 10rds was mandated during the AWB which sunseted a decade ago. Part of the art of debating is setting the terms of the argument, and we have done a poor job of that, because the media is a willing accomplice along wi...
by abelru
Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Handguns
Topic: S&W and Ruger no longer selling to California future of ILS?
Replies: 14
Views: 1463

Re: S&W and Ruger no longer selling to California future of

The ILS (internal locking system) on S&W revolvers has nothing to do with CA law. Many other revolvers as sold here that do not have it like Ruger and Taurus and Rossi. ... So we go on here in CA and find more loopholes to buy what we want. LastBoyScout I have a question regarding the approved list...
by abelru
Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: backpack for FAK
Replies: 2
Views: 657

Re: backpack for FAK

Mystery ranch RATS http://www.mysteryranch.com/military/military-medical-packs/rats-pack" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Or Hot RATS http://www.mysteryranch.com/fire/fire-medical-packs/hot-rats-pack" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I have the RATS and I like the design. ...
by abelru
Mon Dec 02, 2013 3:11 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Latex Tubing as a Tourniquet
Replies: 25
Views: 4295

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and yes DannusMaximus, I do need to train with my CAT, but I still carry the equipment needed to make the improvised tourniquet, because what if i need more than 2x tourniquets? Carry three CAT's? Hang out in safer places? 8-) I'm busting your chops a little bit taipan821, no worries. I honestly th...
by abelru
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Latex Tubing as a Tourniquet
Replies: 25
Views: 4295

Re: Latex Tubing as a Tourniquet

It's far too compliant (stretchy) to create an effective arterial tourniquet.

Spend $ 20-30, buy the real deal.
by abelru
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:07 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Velcro straps for emergency tourniquet?
Replies: 19
Views: 4810

Re: Velcro straps for emergency tourniquet?

Inflate to ~170 mmHg and "sscccchhhhhheeeerrrreeeetttccchhh" I smiled when I read your description because I could hear it in my head. The only part you left out is the sound that immediately follows the very start of the "sscccch": the under-the-breath "god damnit..." Followed quickly by the sound...
by abelru
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:02 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: SALT Airway?
Replies: 44
Views: 6141

Re: SALT Airway?

I need to make sure I stay in my lane here, but on the relative merits of IO / IV, and various types of airway adjuncts... An IV = a way to get fluids and meds onboard. An IO = a way to get fluids and meds onboard. An OPA / NPA / King tube / combitube = a way to keep an airway open. An endotracheal...
by abelru
Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:14 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: SALT Airway?
Replies: 44
Views: 6141

Re: SALT Airway?

I will add, if we have the man power and the time, ETT is a second choice. But in a rural response where its just and my EMT and I? It isn't always feasible. WHen you have an Engine with 2 medics and a dual medic ambulance, sure go nuts. Some thoughts... And please understand that I do not wish to ...
by abelru
Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Velcro straps for emergency tourniquet?
Replies: 19
Views: 4810

Re: Velcro straps for emergency tourniquet?

Anyone who has been in an ED/or on an ambulance for more than 3 minutes will know that Velcro applied to an extremity under pressure is shit. Have you ever seen the nifty BP cuffs most techs and nurses have to deal with on a daily basis? Inflate to ~170 mmHg and "sscccchhhhhheeeerrrreeeetttccchhh" O...
by abelru
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: WWYD - Dog bite in the PAW (pun intended)
Replies: 22
Views: 3352

Re: WWYD - Dog bite in the PAW (pun intended)

Assuming an inability to administer prophylactic Augmentin, (and even if i could) I would have a fairly low threshold for opening the wounds up. 3 big reasons why... 1: It's the hand. There's a reason there are orthopedic sub-specialists that deal with nothing but mitts... They're pretty damn import...
by abelru
Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Little Question.....
Replies: 14
Views: 2657

Re: Little Question.....

I wanna add a third reason: 3. Hypoxia. A GSW to the chest causing a tension pneumothorax can cause unconsciousness also. Just my $0.02... I believe the purpose of the question is to think of the problem in the most basic of contexts. Hypoxia, while certainly a potential cause of ALOC, is in this i...

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