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For those of you that have inquired, my company will be offering our Traumatic Injury Management 1 course on March 22nd, 2016 at 1900 hours. This course is designed to give the student a primer in trauma medicine, and get hands on with a variety of the types of tourniquets, trauma bandages, and bleeding control agents so that they can make an educated decision on what they would prefer to carry for their personal medical kits. 

 

We are also pleased to announce that Traumatic Injury Management 2 (TIM2) has been released. This course picks up where TIM1 left off and starts with a quick review of the major concepts, and goes right into all hands on, scenario driven learning so students can shake out their kits, adapt what they are carrying in order to cover most possible emergencies and also learn techniques to "MacGyver" their way through an emergency should you find yourself in a non-permissive environment. The first public offering of TIM 2 will be on March 24th, at 1900 hours. TIM1 is a prerequisite for attendance. 

 

It will be announced tomorrow on our facebook page, but sworn LEO's will receive a 50% discount on tuition to TIM1. I have a lot of family and close friends that are LEOs and I want to do everything I can to make sure they get home to their families and loved ones at the end of their tour. 

 

Please visit www.alphaomegatrainingsolutions.com for registration purposes. If you have questions, please let me know. There are several forum members that have attended TIM1 if you have any questions regarding the overall course, I know I prefer recommendations before I shell out my money to someone that I'm not sure of. 

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Just wanted to jump in here to say that I took TIM 1 last year, and I recently attended Dave's trial edition of TIM 2, and I would heartily recommend both for someone who is looking for training in the management of traumatic injuries.  IMHO, both classes are well worth the time and money.  

 

I've searched for similar classes, and had been unable to find any that didn't involve travel and multiple days off from work.  

Dave's extensive experience allows him to present a very practical, down and dirty (figuratively, of course) approach to this subject.

It's not a CPR class.  You can find those anywhere.  This is real nuts and bolts stuff that is not readily available.

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Wish it fell on a weekend... can't get away from the office to make the class.

 

Maybe next time!

Candyman, 

 

We can certainly schedule one on a weekend if that's what the members want. Looking at the educational trending, Fridays/Tuesday/Thursday are the most popular days followed by Wednesdays. I'm guessing it has something to do with kids sports in the spring but if you want to give me 3 weekend dates that work for you, I'll do my best to make it work. I'm very open to suggestions including class times and hours (the joy of being your own boss).

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I figured I would give you guys a quick After Action Report for those who might be on the fence about taking either TIM1 or TIM2.

 

TIM1 is a 2 part class, Part 1 is basically lecture and Q&A and Part 2 is all hands on.

Dave spends the first half of the class talking about and showing photos and video of various types of Traumatic injuries, how to identify them and then discusses how to address them among a slew of other things.  The first part is very informative but the second part of the class alone is worth the price of admission.  We go over the hands on use of Chest Seals, Nasopharyngeal airways, a decompression needle, various types of bandages and tourniquets etc..  If you have a kit and have wondered how it works (or what certain things are for) or if you are considering building a kit but aren't sure where to start or what to have in there you actually get to try things out from different brands, learn how to use them and decide if you like them.  When I took the original class 2 years ago I had 1 type of tourniquet and considered buying another type for cost reasons.  I quickly found out that this secondary type was useful if I was applying aid to someone else but if I needed to apply it to myself I was probably going to die (seriously, which since its marketed to police is a shame).  This piece of kit was not easy to apply with one hand (even using my dominant hand) so I decided this was a shortcut I didn't need to take and bought a few more of the original type of tourniquets.

 

There aren't many classes that even talk about this type of kit much less let you try them out and learn their proper use.

 

TIM2 is all hands on.  If you have ever taken a Force on Force class and realized what a powerful learning tool it is, this is the First Aid version.  We started out by building some practice trauma kits using the incredible amount of stuff that Dave had on hand. (we had CAT's, SOFT-T's SWAT-T's, Israeli bandages, 4x4's, rolled gauze, shears  and a slew of other neat stuff so building up a kit that contained equipment we liked and knew how to use was pretty easy).  We had the option of building a kit identical to our normal IFAK's/First Aid kits or building slightly different kits depending on what was available so I built a mostly identical kit and actually added a few additional things. 

 

Then we got into the scenarios.  Using the mannequins and each other (and in one case having to work on myself) Dave would give us a scenario and we would get to work, asking him follow up questions based on what we might be seeing.  I suspected the scenarios would be mostly based around shootings or events similar to what has happened recently in Belgium or Paris but that was not really the case.  While I think they would certainly be applicable I'd say the bulk of the scenarios we ran were things like car accidents, traumatic accidents within the home or out with friends or family in relatively 'normal' surroundings.  Dave mentioned that 95% of the scenarios were things that he has encountered personally so there was nothing insane or 'that will probably never happen here' type scenarios. 

 

The last few scenarios were actually 'I don't have my kit' scenarios that might happen while in the restaurant, at a BBQ with friends, somebody else drove me here etc.  These were interesting because we had to come up with some possible fixes based on what we carry everyday and would likely be available in those surroundings.

 

My take away from TIM2 is that most of my kits are relatively well stocked already for what they are designed for but I need to augment most of them with at least a couple of critical pieces that were just too useful, too often to not include.  Hilariously the one piece of gear used during most of the scenarios was something I have in none of my kits and that I wouldn't even consider to be 'first aid' specific but I will be adding nonetheless.  I also plan to change my EDC slightly (no I do not plan to carry a 40 pound trauma bag everywhere I go but I was surprised how frequently that might have come in handy) to reflect some of the things we learned.

 

Thanks again Dave, great classes and I look forward to a TIM3 or at least a TIM1/TIM2 refresher in the future.

- Jeff

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Jeff, 

 

Great seeing you and thank you for the AAR. I'm glad that you enjoyed the class but more importantly that you got a lot out of it. You are 100% correct, most of the IFAKS out there come pretty well stocked, and are designed around specific hazards. With a few tweaks, and a small investment in additional gear, you get more comprehensive coverage for different types of emergencies. No course is designed to turn you into doctors but having some knowledge when things go bad, greatly increases our chances of survival. 

 

Look forward to seeing you next time around. 

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