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Ian Six

EMT & FORMER MARINE

THE STANDARD TOURNIQUET WAS NOT STOPPING THE BLOOD LOSS, SO I ASKED MY PARTNER TO GET A SAM XT FROM MY PERSONAL BAG.

October 19, 2020

A MAN’S LIFE IN DANGER

A former Marine, Ian Six was part of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rescue team that was called to a metal scrap yard where a man had slipped on a conveyor belt and entrapped his leg between the gears. He recalls the scene of the incident:

“When I arrived, multiple fire agencies were onsite. The teams couldn’t tell if it was a nick or cut in the artery; or if the leg was being held together by the gears, preventing the man from bleeding to death. We also couldn’t see how bad the leg was harmed as a whole. Regardless, I saw blood start to drip through so we needed to move quickly, but no further extrication of the patient could be done until a proper tourniquet placement was obtained.

To do this, I climbed up and tried to use a standard CAT Tourniquet my rescue team stocks in our vehicle. I was able to get the strap through once, but couldn’t get it back through the second loop to secure proper tension to stop the bleeding.

I asked my partner to grab my personal bag where I carry the SAM XT. We fished it through the gearing, got it high in the hip pocket, and clicked it right into place without having to go through a second time. In a matter of seconds, we were able to control the bleeding and pull the man out safely.”

I’ve served in the Marines, EMS, and now the private sector, but what I’ve learned is that the opportunity to be of service in a life-threatening situation can present itself to anyone at any time. You can’t just be a bystander... you have to be ready to take action.

It is not uncommon for people to become so stunned in these situations that they are unable to assist. This is why I believe in products like the SAM XT. It’s one of the fastest - if not the fastest-self-aid tourniquets out there. It’s so easy to use that it even helps take away anxiety from a situation that would otherwise be extremely overwhelming.

THIS IS WHY I BELIEVE IN PRODUCTS LIKE THE SAM XT.

- Ian Six

3 THINGS TO KNOW FROM IAN

01 01

An individual can bleed out to death in 2-4 minutes from an extremity wound. The SAM XT can effectively stop blood loss in seconds to help preserve a life.

02 02

Carrying SAM XT devices in part of your first aid kit is good practice to successfully assist in both minor and life-threatening situations.

03 03

Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences, establishing hemorrhage as the most common cause of preventable death in trauma. Learning basic bleeding control techniques is as important as CPR.

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