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Okay, we all know of the topic First-aid Kit but, unfortunately not all wounds can wait until you get to the hospital. On the battlefield there exists something called a medic, and one of our troops here has graciously offered their experience in this subject to the authors who ask.

I'd like to give a warm welcome to the poster, and now our newest Specialist (Check out Chain of Command and FPMJ for an overview if you would, dear sir/madam!) "Welcometotherealworld"!

Thank you for offering your help to the authors here at FP! Hope the Factor's to your liking.

12/5/2008 #1

Thank you very much sir!

for those who dont know me, Im a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy. You can call me Doc G. That means I provide battlefield medicine for the Navy/Marine Corps team. I have extensive knowledge in everything from sick call to bullet wounds to catastrophic destruction of the body. I am currently writing a book that I plan to have published. hopefully ill have it done by mid to late Feb.

Any questions on the messiness of battlefield medicine, feel free to ask.

*NOTE* All submissions by myself or anyone adding to the expertise of this thread is purely for the inspiration of others. BY NO MEANS attempt these things on anybody for any reason unless you have sufficient training and its YOUR JOB!

Im sorry to yell already, but its extremely important to leave the life saving to the professioinals.

Thank you. Doc G out!

12/5/2008 #2

Don't feel the need to apologize for yelling. You get that privilage when you're drilling people in the methods of such things! :)

Good to have you on board, Doc G!

12/5/2008 #3

Nice to meet you, Doc G!

I guess it's probably best to call me Gobs with this penname of mine (:

Anyways, I was wondering around how many medics would be ready to patch up people from the battlefield at a given time, or does the number vastly vary depending on factors?

12/6/2008 #4

It all depends on which part of the trauma you are discussing.

There is one-two medics per platoon of people while "behind the wire"

Back in the rear, there can be 4 or more people (including a doctor) ready to recieve the casualty(ies) at any given moment. But this all varies on how many medics vs. number of personnel overall.

12/7/2008 . Edited 12/7/2008 #5

So casualty isn't just a word for dead men? They can be injured too? Believe it or not, I did not know that.

12/13/2008 #6

no, a casualty is how one would refer to a person (man or woman) who has been injuried in battle. someone who has died in battle is referred as KIA (killed in action). The terms are fairly loose in triage since the process is ongoing. a person who was previously doing ok could die of hidden injuries. the inverse is true as well, someone who was considered terminal may show signs of improving.

12/14/2008 #7
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