As I mentioned earlier, WizardPC and I decided to check out a 4 hour traumatic injury course hosted by the local chapter of the Zombie Squad. Turns out that it was done by Paul Gomez of Gomez Training International. Man talks fast and manages to shove a lot of information in a small amount of time. I’m not someone that writes an obscene amount of notes, and I used about 4 pages in my notebook. Wizard didn’t bring anything to write on, but I noticed he was frantically punching notes into his cell phone.
Most of the class was centered around what you should pack in a blow out bag and why. There wasn’t a whole lot of discussion about how to use the items, but most of the items are fairly easy to use and you’ve probably been taught how to use them in basic first aid classes. The one that I think most people didn’t know about, was also the one that made people the the most squeamish. Namely a needle that’s at least 14gauge and 3.25″ long used to ventilate the chest in case of air in the chest where air shouldn’t be (think of the movie Three Kings).
The best part of the class was when he essentially did a show and tell of various equipment. He showed what he thought worked and what didn’t. This included a couple products that were complete wastes of money in his mind (SWAT-T tourniquets was one big example), and some that were great cheap items that weren’t really designed for that use (fly paper actually works pretty well for sucking chest wounds). He mentioned a couple all inclusive kits on the market that were good, or good starters, which is probably the way I’ll go. I know Wizard said he’d buy two or three of them from the guy right then and there, if he sold them (he doesn’t sell any kits, but pointed us to a couple good places to look). I’ll probably do a better write up of one of the kits when I get one in.
Overall, I think the guy did a great job and I’d recommend taking advantage of his knowledge if he ever comes through your neck of the woods or you’re in his.