Medical trauma training is a very important survival skill to obtain. Recent history surrounding natural disasters indicates that emergency responders at the federal and state level are seriously overwhelmed when a disaster strikes. Hurricane Katrina is a prime example of this very situation. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced overnight. Those without the ability to evacuate the area were sheltered in the Super Dome, home of the NFL New Orleans Saints. A fair amount of these people suffered injuries; many of those injuries went unattended, or received the bare essentials of treatment and care.

This scenario repeats itself every time a natural disaster occurs, and it has a very good chance of occurring when manmade disasters strike. In order to ensure your own survival during trying times such as these, it is imperative that medical training be undertaken by at least one member of the survival group/family. The purpose of the training videos shared here is to familiarize the viewer with the different aspects of medical training that is offered to civilians. None of these training videos should be considered a replacement for actual, hands on training conducted in the physical presence of someone capable of certifying the individual taking the training. All viewers are advised to consider taking actual training in a classroom setting to receive certification and answers to any questions that may arise.

In this first training video the author explains the necessary steps to take to perform various CPR mechanisms that may help save a life. This will give you a bit of insight as to what you might experience in a CPR classroom. While these are life saving measures, they are initially performed on a mannequin, which allows practitioners to evaluate their individual performance in accomplishing these necessary steps. CPR is very basic medical training, while it may save lives when minimal injuries have been sustained, it will not afford anyone the ability to perform surgical procedures.

This training video was assembled in the United Kingdom, so where it says to dial 999 for emergency, here in the United States you will dial 911 for emergency assistance. Aside from that, this video properly demonstrates the steps to take to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on an individual that is choking, or who has an obstruction in their airway. When possible, always instruct someone to call 911 for assistance, the Heimlich Maneuver may not dislodge the item, or choking may not be the only medical condition the patient is suffering from. Every second counts when trying to save a life, use them wisely!

The Combat Application Tourniquet is something we recommend having in the various medical kits you have assembled. In survival situations accidents are more likely to happen than under normal circumstances, especially if the event happens to be a manmade disaster such as the Boston Marathon Bombing. When addressing patient suffering from arterial bleeding, and/or appendage amputation, they will require a tourniquet to be applied in order to control excessive bleeding. This is a very instrumental part of the medical kit. This training should not be taken lightly. Learn it, practice it, and get them in your kits.

If the situation is that of a manmade nature, then there is a fairly good chance the ensuing events (example: active shooter scenarios) will involve the use of firearms, and/or additional military grade weapons. Should such a situation arise it will be necessary to deploy tactical medical treatment. This training video gives the viewer an idea of what tactical medical treatment would look like; however, this type of training can only be learned firsthand from qualified instructors. Check with local firing ranges for special interest groups, especially if you live near an existing military base. Firing ranges near existing military bases are usually owned and operated by former military personnel. In many cases they will be able to tell you if there are any groups that meet the criteria you are looking for. They may even provide you with contact details, or offer to take yours and have someone get in touch with you.

In this final training video, the author shares some valuable insight that applies to all emergency medical situations, especially those that might occur in the great outdoors. The importance of medical training, as well as the assembly of a medical/trauma kit, cannot be overstated. If you enjoy being in the outdoors, then field medical training is something you should focus on obtaining as soon as possible. Average emergency response times vary from one location to the next, and will rely heavily on your ability to contact and communicate effectively with them; it is therefore imperative that you learn how to care for yourself and others in your group as well as you can, it may be the very thing that saves a life! Get hands on medical training from a local provider; check for crossover military/civilian medical training programs where applicable. The military spends an exorbitant amount of money fine tuning field medicine and techniques; they will offer the best instruction for the purpose of survival.