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First Responder Trauma Course

This introductory course has been designed and intended for any individual with no to little basic medical knowledge and skills to treat wounds that are common in defensive encounters and other emergency situations. Through both Lecture and scenario based training, students will gain the confidence to be able to react to, assess, and treat a variety of injuries.


What You Will Learn

·      Physiological Response to Combat & Stress 

·      Basic Anatomy and Location of Major Arteries

·      Identifying and Treating the Different Types of Bleeding

·      Litter, Drags and Carries 

·      SCAB and Treating Compromised Airway

·      Treating Gun Shot and Knife Wounds 

·      Hemostatic Agents and Wound packing

·      Constructing your Personal IFAK

 Upon completion of the course participants will:

• Understand the rationale for immediate steps for hemorrhage control (including

external hemorrhage control, direct pressure and wound packing, early use of

tourniquet for severe hemorrhage, internal hemorrhage control by rapid evacuation,

and transportation to major hospital/trauma center.

• Demonstrate the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg.

• Describe the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage.

• Describe appropriate airway control techniques and devices.

• Demonstrate the correct application of a topical hemostatic dressing (combat gauze).

• Recognize the tactically relevant indicators of shock.


Skills Stations:

1. Hemorrhage Control:

a. Apply Tourniquet

b. Apply Direct Pressure

c. Apply Pressure Dressing

d. Apply Wound Packing

e. Apply Hemostatic Agent

2. Airway:

a. Apply Manual Maneuvers (chin lift, jaw thrust, recovery position)

b. Insert Nasal pharyngeal airway

3. Breathing:

a. Application of effective occlusive chest seal

b. Apply Occlusive Dressing

c. Application of Improvised Occlusive chest seal

4. Prepare Casualty for Evacuation:

a. Move Casualty (drags, carries, lifts)

b. Secure casualty to litter

5. Scenarios:

a. To be determined upon course location & available assets


Course Itinerary


Morning Session (0800 – 1200)

·      Welcome and Introductions

·      Course Safety

·      Physiological Response to Combat & Stress

·      Basic Anatomy and Location of Major Arteries

·      Identifying and Treating the Different Types of Bleeding

·      Tourniquet Practical

·      Drags and Carries Practical

·      Airway Control

·      Hemostatic Agents and Wound packing

Lunch 60 minutes (1200 -1300)

Afternoon Session (1300 – 1700)

·      Scenario Stations

·      IFAK Construction