How You Train is How You Fight

January 1, 2014 by  
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Simulation makes us more effective. I think it’s good to consider how one would deal with emergency situations in every day life, and practice the response. There are ALWAYS learning points.

My four year old son Kal brought along his rubber red bellied black snake on a New Year’s Day bush walk with my family. Too good an opportunity to miss, so we practiced managing a snakebite scenario. What we did and what we learned are summarised in this three minute video:

This was a worthwhile exercise. Learning points were:

1. Carry a knife to help cut up the teeshirt (if you don’t carry bandages)

2. Call for help early – it takes several minutes to apply the pressure immobilisation bandage, so ideally these things are done in parallel rather than series.

3. Know how to get your coordinates from your smart phone. Several free apps are available.
On an Apple iPhone, they are displayed on the ‘Compass’ app but ONLY if you have enabled location services (Settings->Privacy->Location Services->Compass)

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Learn more about pressure immobilisation technique and its indications from the Australian Resuscitation Council


5 Responses to “How You Train is How You Fight”

  1. John Ferris on January 2nd, 2014 04:01

    Love it cliff!!

  2. li tan on January 3rd, 2014 02:55

    This video should be uploaded onto lonely Planet Australia. Brilliant!

  3. Viking One on January 3rd, 2014 06:41

    Well done…
    Low tech simulation rocks.
    Lots to copy into your own simulation practise…assuming that most of us benefit from teaching, learning, simulation,,practise in the same way your kids does will always work…..

  4. Tim Leeuwenburg on January 7th, 2014 07:46


  5. Tim Leeuwenburg on January 7th, 2014 07:48

    Most impressed you got mobile signal with Virgin…out in the bush it’s Telstra all the way baby…and even then, lots of areas with no coverage!