Wouldn't one bleed to death crawling 200 feet with an amputated lower leg, I wonder? No tourniquets mentioned...
I'd imagine a tourniquet was used . He was in serious pain already and facing worse.
That lead me to think that--we often think about having medical 'kit' for outdoor adventures/fun, but I am curious do any of us whom have to work with/around heavy machinery has medical kit/items handy? Especially those whom work at remote location, where cell phone signal could be intermittent.
And how many of those have a kit that can handle amputated leg?
Are we sure it was a SAK? The article just says pen knife . Did I miss something?
****127 hours spolier alert****But think about the climber Aron Ralston in 127 hours, where he cut himself loose and got out of the canyon. People does amazing thing under the most extreme circumstances. But I am with you, D_T, it is still amazing what he did.
I should have elaborate more on that, my bad. Surely conventional, basic first aid outdoor "first-aid" kit(for blister/scraps/etc) are not meant for trauma victims. Recently I read an article about civilian use of Tourniquet, and I've been given some thought about carrying one myself(even where I live civilians don't bear arms):https://www.optiongray.com/blog-the-ledger/should-i-carry-a-tourniquetRight now I do have Israeli bandage/hemostatic dressing in my kit, but in terms of single hand application, maybe including a CAT tourniquet is good, especially when travelling to some really remote location. What I meant is, it obviously may be a hassle to lug around a full medical kit day in and day out, but maybe a few life saving items(like a 2.9oz CAT tourniquet, or Israeli bandage) could make a difference when you or friend most need it?
I thought of the Aron Ralston (read book before movie) also. Pure will to love. This story is amazing how he stayed conscious and continued through the pain.I carry one of two basic trauma (bleeding control) kits everywhere I go. Hopefully, I will never have cause to need one, but I’d rather have then need and not have. I said the same about CPR and it came in handy just a few years after taking.Mine are really basic (tourniquet, mini trauma dressing and hemostatic gauze) and kept small, so I will actually carry one. The better one on the left is about 5.5 x 5.5 x 1.5in and the smaller is 5 x 3.5 x 1.5. (Image removed from quote.)