Combat Lifesaver Course


The Combat Lifesaver (CLS) course falls somewhere between first aid and being a medic. In addition to applying tourniquets, splints and field bandages, starting intravenous fluids is the capstone.

Field medicine has advanced dramatically in Iraq and the chance of surviving even severe trauma are very good thanks to courses such as CLS. Basically if you can stop the bleeding, pump some fluids in, they can get you to a hospital inside that magical hour.

Well hey, who gets it right on the first time? Jimmy Nelson, a sherrif's deputy that works near Seattle takes the learning curve in stride.

"I ain't got time to bleed."

Drew Corbin, a firefighter from Austin, sticks Tom Deierlein, part owner in an Atlanta-based advertising firm.

Jim Ortoli a federal law enforcement officer sticks Eric Schiemann an MBA student at UNC Chapel Hill. Eric is a bona fide hero, having already served a previous tour with distinction as a company commander with the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion.

Drew wasn't successful sticking Tom so I give him another try. Veins in my hands are pronounced enough for an IV -- anywhere you can get a vein is fit for the stick.