Improved First Aid Kits (IFAKs) and Combat Lifesaver Training for Ukrainian troops from Patriot Defence

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2014/07/26 • Help Ukraine, Stories

By Patriot Defence, http://patriotdefence.org
07.24.2014 Kyiv
Edited by Voices of Ukraine

Volunteers in Ukraine and around the world are supplying Ukrainian Patriots with an Improved First Aid Kit (IFAK) and Combat Lifesaver training. These two things will increase a Patriot’s chance of survival should they suffer a catastrophic injury.

The Ukrainian World Congress initiative “Patriot Defence” (patriotdefence.org) has already begun training Ukrainian soldiers in military specific Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), Combat Lifesaver courses, and combat medic courses, and is providing IFAKs (Improved First Aid Kits) to each soldier trained and combat paramedic backpacks to each combat medic trained.

Patriot Defence uses professional NATO certified instructors and newly trained Ukrainian Combat Lifesaver (CLS) and TCCC certified instructors who teach the soldiers in combat first aid and military medics in pre-hospital care designed specifically for military personnel.

Video of a small part of the Patriot Defence Combat Lifesaver Training program:

Patriot Defence is saving the lives of Ukrainian soldiers defending the country through specialized Combat Lifesaver Training programs in various parts of Ukraine and through the purchase and distribution of Improved First Aid Kits (IFAKs) to soldiers in training.

Combat Lifesaver Training Programs utilize professional instructors to help combat medics and soldiers understand what to do in various situations, how to discern between one situation and another and what decisions to make quickly, in the spur of the moment, to better save lives.

The US Army’s continuing research regarding soldier mortality rate and how to reduce it in the field of battle concluded that (roughly) 60% of preventable deaths on the battlefield result from catastrophic blood loss, 30% from tension pneumothorax and 10% from blocked airways. They also conclude that with the right training and equipment, CLS + IFAK, many of these lives can be saved.

IFAK kits are based on the US military standard.

This is a Babylon’ 13 video about the work of Patriot Defence:

The goal is to get 10,000 IFAKs into the hands of Patriots on the front and to train them in CLS prior to deployment. Training is provided for trainers, medics, members of the Army, the National Guard, the Special Battalions and the Border Guard. In other words, all the Patriots.

They need your help. Ukraine’s Patriots need your help. Together we can save lives and in so doing, save Ukraine.

Patriot Defence pays for IFAKs and some of the professionals who train. People donate from around the world. Please help get urgently needed medical training and supplies into the hands of Ukrainian soldiers to help save lives:
http://www.patriotdefence.org/donate/

Please join their Facebook page to stay on top of their initiatives in Ukraine. There are more photos from training classes and of volunteers at work here:
https://www.facebook.com/patriot.defence.ua

Youtube channel with videos from various types of training sessions:
https://www.youtube.com/user/PatriotDefenceUA

Many hands make short work…volunteers at work packing IFAKs to give to soldiers:

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