shaman wrote:My guess is that if you catch a bullet anywhere significant while out hunting, chances are you are going to bleed out and buy the farm before anyone can do anything.
I'd say you are in a very, very dire situation but not necessarily doomed. Modern hunting ammo to the head or chest? Better use your remaining breath for an Act of Contrition. But if the wound is a ricochet, a fragment or to a non-vitial region, the right knowledge and equipment just might save you.
When I became an EMT in 1991 the use of tourniquets was all but forbidden and there was no such thing as a clotting agent. When I became a paramedic in 1995 the treatment for massive blood loss was to fill the patients veins with worthless salt water. We were dealing with a lot of shootings in our little city (mostly 9mm) due to a 3-way war between the Crips, Vice Lords and the BGD's. The people we saved were saved by getting them to a trauma surgeon quickly, and not the treatments we gave in the field. Over a decade of war has changed much of this.
My son is an Air Force medic and I supervise the new generation on firefighter/paramedics. I am amazed at how things have evolved. Tourniquets are back. Clotting agents and trauma dressings (see sanitary napkins) can be purchased by civilians. They are also learning that maintaining proper airway pressure trumps volume replacement during traumatic blood loss. Enter the ResQgard. Cops and soldiers are already carrying them for self-rescue.
Most of this cutting edge is actually easy to apply with minimal training. I suspect that is why the civilian medical community has been slow to adopt them. Doctors don't like to admit that they are wrong and they don't like to trust their magical powers to the unwashed masses. Anyway, I think we will see more and more of these things advancing into common use as our boys come home from war and populate our local ER's, volunteer EMS crews, and hunting camps.