May 21, 2006
It’s official, I am now a certified Combat Lifesaver. I was very lucky and had a very good set of instructors. All of them were combat medics, and very knowledgable on every aspect of first aid.
I am pretty impressed with the level of training was superior to most other classes I’ve been to lately. I feel confident to stop any type of bleeding, start an IV and even decompress a chest to stop a collapsing lung.
I was very nervous before the class about starting an IV. I was able to get quite a bit of practice on a dummy arm. When it got around to starting a real IV on my partner, it was no problem at all. I have included some pictures of the IV being started on my arm. This is the first time I’ve ever had a reason to use my camera phone.