Monthly Archives: April 2014

NRA…”Shooter Self Care”

Part of the NRAAM that I’d been most looking forward to was Kelly Grayson’s “Shooter Self Care” class. He’d put a post up on his blog, A Day In the Life of An Ambulance Driver, one morning, saying that he’d be willing to teach a 4-hour class on shooter self-care and first aid. He wanted to limit it to 25 or so. Within 24 hours, he had an overflowing class at 32.

Kelly is a fantastic teacher, and I was delighted to finally be able to attend one of his classes. Although I may be an ER physician, when I’m dealing with gunshot wounds and other emergencies, I do it with the backing of a full trauma center surrounding me. It’s not often that I get a chance for an update on the newest theories and practices of how to handle pre-hospital emergencies.

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Medicine is an art as much as anything, so the practice changes over time.
— Tourniquets used to be last-ditch and a “never!” sort of implement; now they’re just about first-line, especially given the advances in vascular surgery and limb repair.
— Basic CPR has changed. There used to be all sorts of ratios between breaths and compressions for 1 and 2 rescuers. Now it’s all compressions, all the time. 100 beats per minute. Hard, fast, and deep. (And if you can’t figure out what 100 beats per minute is, sing “Staying Alive” in your head. Or “Another One Bites the Dust”. They both fit the rhythm.)
— Electricity is key. AEDs are cheap and plentiful and found in many (?most) public places now. And they’re easy to work. I’ve had to use one on a plane before, and THEY WORK.

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I think everyone (save one) really enjoyed the class and got a lot out of it. Kelly doesn’t drone on and on as so many lecturers can (and so often do). His slides are well-organized and neat. His pictures were well-chosen and very representative of the injuries that he needed for us to see in order to be able to recognize what may be there out in the real world, should someone be injured by a gunshot at a range. As someone who sees the gunshot wounds that come to the ER, his pictures were hardly over the top in terms of blood and guts, nor were they examples of the worst that can happen out there. He would have done us all a great disservice had he not had the pictures in his lecture, especially when he was trying to demonstrate the differences between “looks ugly but won’t kill you NOW” and “will kill you RIGHT NOW” injuries.

And to the person in the front row who kept interrupting the class by squealing every time a new picture came up on the screen… Erin, put on your big girl panties. You carry a Glock. You run a prepping blog. You own a rifle and write about knives. What good do you think squealing and hiding your face is going to do when that Glock goes off and someone gets hit? What did you think you were going to see in a class titled “Shooter Self Care and First Aid”? Flowers and ponies? Get real. Life is, and it’s not going to stop for you and your precious sensibilities.

P.S. A huge thank you to Larry Weeks and Brownell’s for the snacks and goodies that kept us going during class!

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NRA…the Beginning

So I took a little trip this past weekend. I was in Indianapolis for the NRA Annual Meeting. It was my first, and despite all of the medical conferences I’ve attended (generally one/year for the past x years), I still underestimated the toll it would take on me.

Fun? Oh, my, yes! But draining, exhausting, and tiring, too. It’ll be another couple of days before I’m all caught up on energy, despite being used to being on my feet at work 7-8 hours every night.

And totally worth it to see good friends again and to meet so many new people! I never realized just how many people I know in the shooting world, and by extension, how many people -they- know. And now, I know even more of those people, too.

I’ll be putting up a few posts over the next few days as I get some of my thoughts back in order. For now, it’s just good to be home again.

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Weapon of Mass Consumption

Last week, my favorite baking source had a sale. Free shipping. And when flour comes in 3 pound and 5 pound bags, shipping gets pricey in a hurry if I don’t wait for this to come around.

I bought quite a bit of several different kinds of flour, as I’ve found a few new recipes that I want to try. I feel the need to branch out a bit, and with the warmer weather arriving, I’m hoping to feel a bit more like doing -stuff-.

I also bought a couple of specialty baking pans…a scone pan (because I’m a little tired of glumpy-looking scones) and a popover pan. The popover pan even came with a free box mix to try. I was a bit doubtful, but I decided to give it a try tonight.

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I added in a bit of grated Grand Cru cheese to each one, just for a bit of flavor. They popped amazingly well, but despite that, they were a bit heavy on the inside. Next time, I’ll use my tried-and-true recipe.

Still worth it, though.

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TRAPPED!!!

A few years ago, I was at a conference in Boston. The conference was at one of the swanky downtown high-rise hotels. It was really nice…until I got on the elevator one night. There was just one other girl on there with me, so it wasn’t crowded. We were going down from about the 30th floor, heading for the lobby. The elevator went into free-fall for about 15 floors, stopping between floors about halfway down. We were trapped for well over an hour before they could get us out. Since then, I’ve been a bit leery of elevators.

Fast forward to last week.

Last week, I picked up a few (ok, more than a few…almost double my usual weekly total) extra hours moonlighting at one of our other ERs. It’s been a few years since I’ve worked out at this hospital, but I still remembered the code to get in the ambulance bay door, so I figured I was good to go.

About 3am, one of the nurses and I decided to wander up to the floor. On the way up, we had to badge through a couple of doors. At one of them, I tapped my badge, and the reader blinked green, but the door didn’t open. J tapped hers, and the doors opened, but we didn’t think anything of it.

A bit later, I went to head back to the ER. I got onto the elevator and tapped my badge, then pressed the button for “1”. It didn’t light up.

The doors closed.

I tapped my badge again. The reader blinked red. I pressed the button for “1” despite that and nothing happened. I tapped my badge a few more times, getting a red light each time. I realized that the elevator was going nowhere.

I pressed the “door open” button.

Nothing happened. Because my badge wouldn’t turn the reader green.

I was trapped in the elevator. It wouldn’t go anywhere. The doors wouldn’t open.

I pressed the alarm button and got Security to come let me out, but it took about 10 minutes for them to get there from the other end of the hospital. I had about worn a hole in the floor by then, pacing around that little car.

First thing I did when I got out? Straight to Security and made them reset my badge to work so it wouldn’t happen again!

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