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Students of the National Guard of Ukraine academy go through "Patriot Defence" course

Photo: Press service of the National academy of the NGU

Instructors of "Patriot Defence" started to lead the Combat LifeSaver course for a group of students of the National academy of the National Guard of Ukraine.

The course was organized in two stages: theoretical and practical. During the first day of training students go through five teaching stations: stopping blood loss, lung damage, blocking of the respiratory system, checking blood circulation and evacuating the wounded.

"60% of wounded soldiers, who could have been saved, die from blood loss. That's why it is very important to start a primary and secondary review of the examinations made of the patient's blood loss." - says "Patriot Defence" instructor Leonid Fedorovskiy.

Students are told how to examine the casualty, stop critical bleeding and apply bandages. Other than that future officers learn to work with blocked respiratory systems and damaged rib cage. With the help of mannequins students can learn practically how to renew breathing and decompress the rib cage with the help of a needle.

"To check and lead an examination of the patient correctly and give him first aid on the battlefield – that is very good. However, that is just the beginning. You also need to transport him to the evacuation zone. All that without hurting him more.", - remarked Dmytro Pollavskiy, an instructor of "Patriot Defence".

Leading an evacuation of casualties is taught using the basic algorithms of tactical medicine. There is an emphasis on a clear sequence of actions and the safety of the combat-lifesaver. Participants learn about the basic methods of aid during evacuation and methods of transporting depending on injuries, as well as test their knowledge by putting it into action.

"I got a lot of useful information today. I received a picture depicting how to act around a casualty, which is a series of certain acts, since a single mistake can cost my friend's life. I held several medical tools for the first time today. For example, the NATO decompression needle. I can't wait for the practical part to start", - shares Volodymyr Nedostup, based on his impressions from his first two days.

A simulation lies ahead for the students, where they get to save "casualties" in an imitation of a war situation.