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Soldiers learn life-saving skills during annual training

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn-For two days at Camp Ripley Training Center, combat medics from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 34th Red Bull Infantry Division Brigade Special Troops Battalion trained their peers in a series of combat life-saving (CLS) skills Soldiers were taught how to stop hemorrhagic bleeding using Combat Action Tourniquets and pressure dressings and perform needle chest decompressions, which are two of the most vital skills to know how to perform in order to save lives on the battlefield

The class consisted of an entire day of classroom learning During this time, the Soldiers were able to see first-hand how to insert a nasopharyngeal airway (NPA), thanks to a volunteer infantryman By the way he squirmed during the insertion, it was clear that NPAs are certainly uncomfortable, but valuable in keeping a casualty's airway open

Day two of the CLS course involved a written test, as well as hands-on training and practical application of the skills that were taught on the previous day Working in teams, Soldiers placed tourniquets on each other, simulated sealing sucking chest wounds, and were able to practice placing each other onto litters which assist in carrying and dragging casualties off of the battlefield

"Everyone was really engaged in the hands-on application and did a great job in actually performing their task, which is what I like to see," said Sgt David Angel, a combat medic and non-commissioned officer-in-charge of the CLS course

After two days of training and focused effort, the 1/34th ABCT can say that it now has 36 more certified Combat Lifesavers, ready to protect and save their buddies in case of injuries on and off the battlefield

June 20, 2014
by Spc Linsey Williams
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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