COURSE REVIEW AAR: Lone Star Medics 1-Day Tac Med EDC

My review of the Lone Star Medics Tac Med EDC Class.

Caleb puts on a great course. He’s entertaining and engaging and presents the material in a way that’s super approachable and relatable.

This isn’t a comprehensive 2-day trauma class. Instead, Caleb just gets down to the essential nuts & bolts of what you need to know to treat wounds from a violent encounter.

It’s detailed without being clinical, and Caleb is very adept at forcing you to think about what you’re doing instead of just responding on autopilot.

This 1-day, classroom-only version of the material is well worth the time, whether it’s your first medical class or you need a refresher because it’s been a while.

About Lone Star Medics

From the Website:

“Winning the fight is just the beginning; especially if you’ve sustained injuries. This course is specifically designed to teach the legally armed civilian or the armed professional, how to identify and treat immediate life-threatening injuries as a result of a violent attack. Most EMS agencies’ policies for responding to violent calls or events require all responding units to stage at a safe location, far enough away from danger so that the police can secure the scene first. During that time you will need to employ the tactical medical skills learned in this course in order to increase your chances of survival.

Throughout this course, students will learn via hands-on skills practice, scenario-based training, and minimal lectures. Scenarios will be conducted using inert training aids such as “blue guns” or SIRT training pistols. Likewise, each student will be exposed to several different tactical medicine manufacturers’ products to use in class. This helps students become educated consumers and allows for unbiased opinions on which medical gear best suits their needs.

Some of the subjects covered in class

  • Medical and legal issues
  • Principles of Tactical Medicine
  • Manual Patient Drags & Carries
  • Patient Assessment Techniques
  • Hemorrhage Control Techniques
  • Tourniquets
  • Pressure Dressings
  • Hemostatic Agents/Adjuncts
  • Identify and treat penetrating chest trauma
  • Identify and treat for shock
  • Active killer and mass casualty considerations
  • Medical equipment selection and carry techniques for Every Day Carry (EDC)
The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."