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  • What would you do??

    Lets try this just for fun.

    You are caribou hunting with your buddy on atv's 25 miles from the road up a rough trail. You knock one down and he runs down into the bottom of the drainage and dies. While working your way down the steep terrain on your quads yor buddy in front of you drops into a hole with his right front tire and the flips end over end head first. You watch in horror as he and the machine tumble in a big ball of arms and legs, tires, gas cans and gear a 100 yds down the mountains. You bail off your quad, run down to him and he is on his side with his head downhill with the machine on top of him. He is moaning. You roll the machine off him and notice that he has a nasty gash on the side of his head and that his leg is deformed half way between his knee and hip. There is also blood beginning to soak through his pant leg. You ask him if he's okay and he says "what happened? where am I, ohhh my leg....".

    You have your tent and camping gear setup about a mile away. It's about 2hrs before dark. There are some alders down the hill about 200 yds but not any trees or wood to build a fire or anything. You have a gps and cell phone but no cell reception. What do you do?

    Oh, you have your game bags, rope, some duct tape, a pack frame and whaterver first aid/survival stuff you normally cary.
    Last edited by Snyd; 10-04-2006, 12:53.
    A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

  • #2
    1st thing, start praying.

    Then I'd do some preliminary assesment to make sure he doesn't have a spin injury. This a dicy bit, as it's not like your going to have a paramedic there in minutes. Assuming he doesn't show any signs of paralysis, I'd next work on stopping the bleeding. With that controlled it's time to work on keeping him warm. I'd use any additional clothing I had, and if the weather looked to be fairly mild, I'd strip off some of mine to provide additional warmth. With him mobilized as best as possible, I'd head back to camp to quickly move it to the sight of the accident, and hopefully be able to contact help on the way.

    I'd move back to the accident as soon as possible, and work on keeping him warm and his spirits high during the night. If I've been unable to conact help, and we're not expected out for several days, at first light the next day I'd pack him up and make the ride out. If I had made contact with rescuers I'd keep him warm and stabalized until they arrived.

    There are many things in life I never ever want to experience, and that would rank right up there. I did have to rush our daughter to the hospital after an accident where she cut her femoral artery, and it was pretty much the worst thing I ever had to go through, even though we were in the emergency room within an hour of the accident.
    Those that are successful in Alaska are those who are flexible, and allow the reality of life in Alaska to shape their dreams, vs. trying to force their dreams on the reality of Alaska.

    If you have a tenuous grasp of reality, Alaska is not for you.

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    • #3
      Maybe I need to make one thing a little more clear. When I said his leg is deformed half way between his knee and hip I mean it is REALLY deformed as in "it looks broken". The blood soaking through his pant leg is a result of the broken _______.
      A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

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      • #4
        First if he owed me money I would check his wallet...lol

        Seriously, if this scenario happened, FIrst I would try to make an initial assesment. I know his leg is screwed and depending on the bleeding, I would try to pay more attention to his melon and his chest. If the machine ended up on his chest I would be worried about internal injuries. I'd try and find a way to immobilize his neck (actually after initial, it would be good to do this first) and pay attention to his breathing and constantly asking him simple questions to see if he can answer them. constantly taking note of his vitals for any change.

        As for the leg, thats a tough one. when I took my EMT course about a dozen years ago, one instructor said to set it and and splint it, another said to splint it in place. In this situation I would probably set it. just because of the time it would probably take to get rescuers on scene.

        Tough to say. hope it never happens

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        • #5
          One more clue. A Femur Fra_______ is a life threatening injury. In this case it sounds like an open/compund Femur Fra_____. You need to make a Tr_______ Sp_______ out of some alder branches, duct tape and rope and apply tr______. Or he will bleed to death.
          A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

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          • #6
            Man Down

            Based on the initial assessment, I would attempt to remove the machine and while trying to do no harm to the C-Spine, cut the pant legs off around the apparent fracture and check the femoral area. Based on the information he probably has an open femur fracture which can be fatal. If possible, stop the bleeding and apply a traction splint made from the nearby alders and using rope, tape a stick to use for the tension, treat for shock by repositioning him on the hill and cover him with what ever clothing we have on hand. If the femoral artery is what is bleeding, he may not survive long, being a good friend I would attempt to stop this bleeding with my forceps that I keep in my FA kit in my pack.

            Make him comfortable, leave water and food and head for help

            And do no harm

            Hope I passed

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            • #7
              Looks like you nailed it. Until I had some forml training I did not realize that a femur fracture can be fatal. It can also be treated in the field fairly effectivly with a traction splint giving one a chance to survive. In this scenario there is sign of a possible brain inury (impared level of responsiveness- he doesn't know what happened or where he is). Nothing we can do to treat it. He needs to get out of there asap. Here is what I was getting at:

              use alder branches, rope and duct tape to make a traction splint.
              use a game bag rolled up to improvise a c-collar
              control bleeding on head using first aid kit or piece of game bag or whatever
              mark way point on gps
              go to camp, get sleeping bag, tarp, etc. go back to him put something under him and cover him up good (treating for shock and hypothermia)
              go for help. stop every so often try and call on cell phone for rescue helicopter

              I'ts easy to sit here and talk about this but it's totally different in real life. But, it's good to talk about scenarios, it just may help if you find yourslfe in a situation like this someday. Leaving your buddy with a broken femur without a traction splint can be fatal. Splinting it can give him a chance.
              A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

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              • #8
                I'd feel really smart for bringing my satellite phone and calling RCC, which is programmed into the speed dial. I know, sat phones are spendy. What's your life worth? My number-dialing skills are better than my first aid skills, and my first aid skills are better than most.

                Why would you ride your wheelers down a steep grade before walking it?

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                • #9
                  I agree. I was just messing around and thought up a scenario off the top of my head just to get things rolling. Think up another situation if you would like. Not all typical hunters and "weekend warriors" have sat phones and we all make stupid decisions at times. It's usually the small seemingly insignificant ones that end up getting us in trouble.

                  If one has never considered having to deal with the types of injuries I described above then one could potentialy watch his friend die if you were in this type of situation. A little knowledge, some conversation, some role playing and even lurking around a forum like this just might help someone save someones life. If you notice, two of the individuals who responded did not consider the possibility of a femur fracture (or at least didn't indicate it). They may or may not be aware of the fact that a femur fracture is a life threatening injury. But, if you know how to recognize it and make a traction splint you can save your buddies life. It would be a good thing to do after you call for help on the a sat phone.

                  Just trying to provide a forum for discussing things like this and raise awareness.

                  Perry
                  A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Mr. Pid View Post
                    I'd feel really smart for bringing my satellite phone and calling RCC, which is programmed into the speed dial. I know, sat phones are spendy. What's your life worth? My number-dialing skills are better than my first aid skills, and my first aid skills are better than most.

                    Why would you ride your wheelers down a steep grade before walking it?
                    Good to have a sat phone. I know we use them at work most of the time. And I've seen most of them fail. Good to have some skills just in case.

                    Also, I was talking to a friend a while back and he said something that makes me think. He said by taking a sat phone or cell phone in the field, this can make you take bigger chances by thinking you will have an out.

                    What say you guys?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AkBubba View Post
                      "...
                      Also, I was talking to a friend a while back and he said something that makes me think. He said by taking a sat phone or cell phone in the field, this can make you take bigger chances by thinking you will have an out.

                      What say you guys?
                      Maybe, but that is pretty much what the British said about parachutes for fighter pilots during WW1, that's why the allies didn't us them. The guys in the derigibles got them though.
                      “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” attributed to Thomas Jefferson

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mr. Pid View Post
                        "...
                        Why would you ride your wheelers down a steep grade before walking it?
                        hmm...I think some people buy wheelers to keep from walking up and down hills.
                        “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” attributed to Thomas Jefferson

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                        • #13
                          I like wheelers under me. I don't like the idea of a 6 wheeler on top of me. I've tried it with snowmachines....it hurts. Especially where the sat phone gets smashed into your ribs.

                          Besides, in the original question we're supposed to be chasing a wounded animal. I don't chase wounded animals on wheelers. I'd locate the animal, make sure it was dead, probably gut it, and then think about getting the wheeler.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Mr. Pid View Post
                            Besides, in the original question we're supposed to be chasing a wounded animal. I don't chase wounded animals on wheelers. I'd locate the animal, make sure it was dead, probably gut it, and then think about getting the wheeler.
                            Please Mr. Pid, enough already...
                            Yes, communication devices be it sat phones, elt's, cell phones, etc. are great but they don't stop the bleeding.

                            This thread has nothing to do with driving an atv, the animal, etc. Pick any potential accident scene you can think of. Maybe it was someone else and you happened to show up, whatever.
                            The point is that if one hunts in Alaska you may find yourself in a situation where your partner or someone else is severly injured with a head/brain injury or a femur fracture. You may have to rely on a few items you have at your disposal. The decisions you make can save your friends life or not. You can make a call on your sat phone, then sit and wait and watch your friend die as he bleeds out internally because his femoral artery is having a hole ground in it becuase the quads are going into spasms becuse you did not know how to make and apply a traction splint. Or, you could make a traction splint in about ten minutes and save his life, if you know how. In this type ofsituation knowledge is power. A sat phone call may just be a call for body recovery. The choice could be yours.
                            A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again

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                            • #15
                              You're right. I've been on a couple of those trips. One was a friend who had internal injuries. There was nothing to do but keep him warm. The other was me. Badly broken leg. I know what it feels like to be attended to by guys with average first aid skills, to be carried out of the woods, and to be put into an airplane for a ride to the hospital. My advice? Carry drugs. Pain killers. That's what the injured guy will want.

                              What's more important than a sat phone? Your hunting partner. Make sure you trust him with your life. You may have to.

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