Originally Posted by belizesailor
Products like Quick Clot are now available to consumers with no prescription. I carry some.
Decent idea, albeit there are newer gen. products which stop the bleeding as effectively, sans the 2nd & 3rd degree burns. Something SERIOUSLY worth researching before you buy. As that s**t hurts, though it does save lives. But you need to be within reasonable distance of a surgeon, to fix the original problem, plus to clean up the "extra" mess which it makes.
A LOT of Very effective, & easy to use (relatively) tools & techniques have come out of 1 1/2 decades of war. If you're cool headed enough to use it, that, have the training/background, plus, can improvise (when jacked on adrenaline).
The catch(es). At a minimum, you're looking at several $K for a decent mid-level kit, to treat traumas for several days, or say a week (think burns, infections, & or both, if you're off of the beaten track). Ditto on $ for the proper training
on how to use the mid-level & up gear
. Not counting practice outside of, & after your classes
The upside(s). Nowadays, it's a lot easier to have gear
which is a bit more advanced than one's skill level, & get walked though using it, assuming that you've got a good comm's suite.
Plus, to varying degrees, others can talk you through improvising both equipment
, & some "field Rx's" as well (McGuyver chemistry @ the medical
, & or naturalpathic levels).
A fair bit of learning
about this stuff (as well as finding it) comes from the sifting through the various info & gear that's out there. That, & figuring out what trauma level kit you're up for having & learning
how to use same.