Certified CLS…

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.


4 Responses to “Certified CLS…”

  1. Karen on May 22nd, 2006 1:20 am

    Way to go,Anthony! I can’t even watch them put a IV in me let alone think about doing one on somebody else. I am glad to hear the training was excellent.We should have nothing but the best for our trops.:wink:

  2. Chad on May 23rd, 2006 2:05 pm

    Dang. Good work, SGT. Also, you have a nice camera on your phone. My pics arn’t near that quality. You should use it more often. :cool:

  3. Anthony on May 23rd, 2006 3:43 pm

    Great job getting through that class. That’s important stuff to know in a combat zone.
    Great pics, some of the best I’ve seen from a phone.

  4. kbug on May 24th, 2006 10:32 pm

    I remember when Seth got his CLS certification a couple years ago while he was in Korea. There was only one problem…his veins were so good that everyone that had trouble starting an IV on his partner ended up starting their IV on Seth…… :)

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