Monday, 20 October 2014

Bulldog Loadouts: Oxygen Bag

Capt P, the American PA I worked with in a NATO camp during my most recent deployment to Afghanistan went to Yale University. The Yale football team is the Yale Bulldogs. In an homage to his varsity team, all the load list for medical gear were prefaced with the 'Bulldog" identifier. This is a series of articles on specific loadouts that we packed to support distinct roles within our camp emergency plan. There will be no coverage of the emergency plan or mass casualty plan in this series as the camp is still operational. The gear and supplies used were limited to the supply chain and represent best possible practice at that current time.

Oxygen Bag

The O² Bag has been setup to include airway adjuncts and hemorrhage control. Hemorrhage management gear is not normally stored within a civilian O² bag. The threat environment we were operating called for these additional supplies. Especially considering the effect O² on vasculature and the sympathetic/parasympathetic response.

1. 2 OPAs
    2 NPAs with surgical lubrication

2. Jumbo D tank, O² regulator, with extra regulator nozzle

3. 2 Non-rebreather masks
    2 Nasal cannula masks

4. 3” Silk tape

5. 2 CoTCCC/CCWG approved Tourniquets
    2 CoTCCC/CCCWG approved pressure dressings
    HALO™ chest seal

6. BVM with O² tubing

7. KING LT™ size 4
    KING LT™ size 5

Like any other Oxygen Bag, this was intended for oxygen therapy in hypoxic, hypercarbic, respiratory compromised or respiratory obstructed casualties within a permissive casualty collection point or flight line evac. It was not intended for operation outside the wire were high velocity projectiles and pressurized tank can meet with explosive consequences.

Take Care Out There 

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