In our in-person classes, we pair students up and send one half of each team into the hallway outside the classroom. When the designated rescuer partner returns, they are confronted with a classroom full of injured casualty partners, under tables, in corners, all of whom are “bleeding to death,” right now. Each rescuer partner must locate their casualty partner, apply a tourniquet, and conduct a complete blood sweep to ensure there are no other injuries that need to be addressed.
Students generally find the chaos, noise, and confusion of this exercise sufficiently stress inducing while performing a casualty evaluation that it helps to lock in the skills they’re learning. This is one of many reasons Crisis Medicine uses actual photographs and videos during our courses to inoculate students against the stress of seeing traumatic injuries. The first time you see a dramatic injury should not be when you are called upon to save the life of your loved one or friend.
Though we can’t replicate the pandemonium of a live class, we can teach you all the same skills online, at home, in your bunny slippers.