jmstevens2 wrote:People forget that in triage there is an additional catagory in disaster. Expectant, too bad to fix with what is available, or will require more stuff than we can spare with little chance to survive. In most cases of disaster/ end of the world, if they need CPR, they are dead.
I take this advice to heart. Twenty years ago when I had Winter Emergency Care, BLS, ALS, and additional (mostly Red Cross) certs I had all kinds of shit in my FAK, including heavy hare and traction splints that seriously... if you need one today and there is no (even delayed) professional response... you're screwed. Even a compound fracture in the worst situation is going to take more advanced care than the average high school lifeguard can handle. I'm in the process now of culling my bags so that I can actually handle what I think I can handle. Also, now there are some seriously sweet clotting compounds that weren't available back when I thought I was the king shit.
Triage I have been taught... but triage now... It's more likely I'll screw it up than that I would do it right. My FAK needs to be adjusted to handle that likelihood.