The SMOG is pretty good, except that medics on the ground don’t usually have the ability to perform an EKG.  And being an algorithm, it is not full of details. Still, it’s a good starting point. I also recommend this “COLD CARD” from the Wilderness Medicine Society. It is excellent and practical. Useful for assessmentContinue reading “ACCIDENTAL HYPOTHERMIA”

Heat Injuries (Final Thoughts for Now)

This will be my last post on this important topic until the next annual MCOE Heat Forum. I get concerned about training each summer and the absence of knowledge and unit preparedness with regard to heat casualty prevention. Kids die each year on active duty training posts, but what about National Guard units that conductContinue reading “Heat Injuries (Final Thoughts for Now)”

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 audienceContinue reading “Heat Injuries (Continued)”

Heat Injuries

We have to agree on the definition before we can discuss treatment. Many different definitions and opinions exist out there. Fort Benning has taken the lead on research and committees to help shape these opinions. It happens all the time. You go to the field and a dude passes out. No one knows what toContinue reading “Heat Injuries”

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