Heat Injuries (Continued)

As promised, this post will include several additional sources of information. One presentation is from Dr. Max Bursey from a previous Heat Conference. Use these slides to reference the latest proposed definitions and solutions. This one may be helpful to use for your hot weather training as it was originally designed for a large audience and it is fairly comprehensive.

I also have a hip pocket training PowerPoint below that I made awhile back. I’ve presented it several times to medics for hot weather training and it seems to work well. It’s a mix of slides from a lot of different sources. I admit that I have not yet taken the time to improve it visually. I’m trying to push out info on this site hastily while working around my actual job. Once I get more content on this site, I will go back and revise the PowerPoint for you guys. I chose to include this one also, though, because I think it will be helpful to explain some of the concepts. I include it below with a narrated version from me, as well as the raw version if you wish to use those slides to jazz it up a bit.

One of the biggest culture change issues that the docs at Fort Benning are trying to drive: “Drinking adequate water doesn’t necessarily prevent heat injuries.” That’s a tough point to sell. But we have to convince the masses that hyponatremia is also a threat. Appropriate hydration is good. Heat mitigation by way of proper preparation and heat dumping strategies should also be a part of the conversation. Informed medics can be excellent advisors to their leaders.

DRIP DROP (link goes to Amazon) can also be a useful way to prevent hyponatremia as well as dehydration. It is discussed more in the next post.

Feel free to reach out to me if these presentations don’t convince you. I’m willing to engage in a dialogue with you or even present more information here.


Aid Station Treatment Room at Ranger School

Ice Immersion Tank for Rapid Cooling

Ice Water Immersion tank- Ranger School


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An Army PA seeking to share knowledge and skills to medics in order to better prepare them for the next fight, and to bridge the gap between future expectations and initial entry training. These posts are samples of similar training I share with my own medics, and are made available here to a wider audience. I am no expert. There are others more qualified, I'm sure. I am simply looking to contribute. Feel free to provide feedback and leave comments to help others.

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