Features — 01 January 2013


Shooting Range First-Aid Kits

Be prepared when situations arise

Statistics show how safe shooting ranges are; yet, when someone is injured at a range, you must have first-aid components on hand.

Everette Lasiter, rangemaster at 69 Clays, a skeet, trap and 5-Stand shooting range in Miami, Okla., said, “Our first priority is to make sure our range is safe for visitors.”

He says his range strives to prevent accidents, but is prepared to react to one.

Owner of Dark Angel Medical, Kerry Davis, a certified emergency medical technician and expert on shooting range emergency response, believes that first-aid kits “add simplicity to
stress.”

Several levels of first-aid kits are found in the market place:

• Basic First-Aid Kit – These are the most common and can include adhesive bandages, standard gauze pads, antiseptic, aspirin, tape, scissors, gloves, sun screen, mole skin, lip balm, antibacterial ointment, sling and other items to treat minor injuries.

• Personal Trauma Kit – Consists of items geared for treating traumatic injuries such as a tourniquet, nasal air way (keep airway open), chest seals, hemostatic gauze, regular gauze, 4-inch pressure dressing, gloves, scissors and other items.

• First Responder Kit– Generally consists of items to treat victims of injuries and other emergency medical conditions. Though these kits may include some elements of a basic first-aid kit, the primary purpose of this kit is to equip the responder to aggressively treat
major medical emergencies and traumatic injuries. First Responder Kits may be found on the firing lines or in the range office and are most often used to satisfy the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) requirement for a first-aid kit. An increasing number of shooting ranges include a defibrillator in this first responder kit.

An inventory list should be created for any first-aid kit and monitored closely. Use of contents means replacing them at a rate that does not compromise the effectiveness of the kit. Responsibility for kit contents should fall on the kit owners and those employees who are trained and primarily responsible for giving first response treatment. For shooting ranges, it is recommended that an employee certified in first aid should be on duty at any time the shooting range is open.

Training can be attained through many avenues. The American Red Cross offers comprehensive first-aid training and is likely the most recognized means of obtaining certification.

Dark Angel Medical also offers a Direct Action Response Course (DARC). DARC is a two-day clinic
focused on training participants in the effective use of first-aid kits with an emphasis on shooting-related injuries. SigSauer Academy also offers a Bullets and Bandages (B & B) training program. B & B is comprised of three days of comprehensive first-aid training. Both DARC and B & B equip shooting enthusiasts, firearm trainers and shooting-range employees to effectively manage medical emergencies through proper first-aid techniques.

These training courses also are a great way to ensure that trained responders take the initiative to build and maintain RR suitable first responder kits.

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