Yesterday’s shooting of public servants at a public baseball diamond reminds us that we are a potential first responder in any life threatening situation. Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) may have survived simply because he was given first aid before medics could arrive.
Chris Salcedo welcomed Caleb Causey of Lone Star Medics to “The Chris Salcedo Show” today to reassure normal citizens that even they can administer emergency triage, or “first aid on steroids.” His business teaches people “how to combat that sense of helplessness” when someone is injured.
Causey trains others in varying degrees of field and tactical medicine. The training addresses the question on the mind of anyone scared of being in a trauma situation: “What can we do to treat people before EMS actually arrives?”
He says there is plenty we can do for an injured friend or stranger, whether we’re waiting seconds or hours for emergency medical service. Beyond first aid, even regular people can help control bleeding or penetrating chest trauma.
His company has taken applicable tactical medicine and adjusted it for specific groups. He teaches outdoor sportsmen in a different way than he teaches health care professionals working with SWAT. But when a “group of Americans playing baseball” is targeted by a madman, everyone can make a difference.