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[QUOTE="amlove21, post: 48047, member: 471"] you know, here is the thing about gunshot wounds, stab wounds, general trauma- any of this stuff, i would prefer my patient to be lucky, and not good. I think this article speaks volumes to a couple of different points, and some of the other medic types can speak volumes on this- I have seen people who have NO REASONABLE BUSINESS pulling through an injury making it happen. All you need is a little luck in a heart attack, shooting, stabbing, car accident, whatever- and your human self will make it. You would be surprised by who makes it and who doesnt, and often there isnt any rhyme or reason. I think they are WAY, WAY off when it comes to the mental toughness aspect of it, however. In "On Combat", by Lt Col Dave Grossman, Dr Grossman describes a policewoman who was followed home by gang members and viciously attacked. She took a .357 slug, within ten meters, to center mass as she exited her car to enter her house. She took a direct hit to her inferior vena cava and most of her right ventricle- and returned fire. It blew a tennis ball sized hole in her right shoulder blade. Even as she was fading, she continued to fire, till she was empty, and called help for herself. She even scored no less than 4 hits on the three attackers. The most amazing part? She was back on the job less than 9 months later. Ladies and gents- I am, and have been for a while now, of the belief that strong, trained warriors are harder to kill than average humans (no offense to normal humans :)). While a little luck goes a long way, it can be the other way too. A weak mind can a strong body deceive. Which brings me to my point for medics, or if you are the first responder to an accident, whatever- work every case as if it were your brother/sister/mother/father/best friend- cause you never know who might be too damn stupid to die. Just my two cents, but awesome article. [/QUOTE]
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