Entries by Alan Hester

FDA Notice SAM Junctional Tourniquet

SAM Junctional Tourniquet Accessory (Axilla) Strap/SAM Medical Products: Recall – Potential Clip Failure AUDIENCE: Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Risk Manager ISSUE: SAM Medical Products notified customers of a voluntary recall to address a potential issue with a clip used to secure the accessory strap used for the Axilla application of the SAM Junctional Tourniquet (SJT). […]

An Evidence-Based Prehospital Guideline For External Hemorrhage Control

  Here is a recent article enumerating acceptable guidelines for civilian-based, pre-hospital hemorrhage control. The authors reviewed existing literature and a predetermined methodology to established evidence-based criteria for the use of tourniquets and hemostatic dressings. Pay special attention to the recommended equipment (e.g., windlass tourniquets) and, more important, equipment they specifically recommend against (rubber band […]

The High Price of Knowledge

A good article on the gains in medical knowledge harvested from this current conflicts: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2013/12/18/the-laboratory-of-war-how-military-trauma-care-advances-are-benefiting-soldiers-and-civilians/ The Laboratory Of War: How Military Trauma Care Advances Are Benefiting Soldiers And Civilians December 18th, 2013 By Eric Elster, Eric Schoomaker, and Charles Rice Editor’s note: This morning, in Bethesda MD, the Executive Director of the American College of […]

Military Medicine as Diplomacy

An interesting and informational article: http://tbo.com/news/breaking-news/humanitarian-aid-has-strategic-benefits-too-military-leaders-say-20131215/ Humanitarian aid has strategic benefits, too, military leaders say By Howard Altman | Tribune Staff Published: December 15, 2013 TAMPA — From large-scale aid missions like the response to Typhoon Haiyan to an isolated team of Green Berets helping others, providing disaster relief and medical assistance has benefits for […]

New Guidelines for Responders in Mass Attacks

From the New York Times: December 7, 2013 In Mass Attacks, New Advice Lets Medics Rush In By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT WASHINGTON — Seven minutes after the authorities in Sparks, Nev., received a call one day in October that a gunman was on the loose at a local middle school, a paramedic wearing a bulletproof […]