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Your outdoor first aid kit doesn’t need to be fancy, but well thought out. Severe cuts by chainsaws, knives, or axes, hunting accidents, falls, and in this case, a mountain biking accident, are possible. Here, direct pressure and remaining calm saved the day, but having the materials to pack a wound, apply a tourniquet, or a pressure bandage don’t take up much room or weigh a lot.

Like a tactical environment,  in the wilderness, different protocols need to be considered. Since the bleed was too high for a tourniquet, wound packing with a hemostatic gauze or any gauze would have been appropriate.

Watch the video of the mountain biker with a severed femoral artery here:  http://vimeo.com/82378717 You’ll have to wait until the Fall Guy clip ends

Read about wound packing here: On page 5  http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Research/Resource%20links/First%20responders/Urban%20Fire%20Forum/UFF%20TECC.pdf

Watch a demo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SktWh8rcqaQ

Buy hemostatic gauze or compressed gauze here:

http://www.chinookmed.com/cgi-bin/item/05214/s-hemostatics/-CELOX-Rapid-Gauze%2C-Z-Fold———————-

http://www.chinookmed.com/cgi-bin/item/05168LE/s-hemostatics/-QuikClot-Combat-Gauze%2C-Z-Fold-%28Non-Military-Use-Only%29——————————————–

http://www.chinookmed.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?item=05143&source=nextopia

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