External haemorrhage is a significant cause of combat morbidity and mortality. UK DMS have introduced topical haemostatic agents (HemCon®, QuikClot®) for use as an adjunct to control catastrophic external haemorrhage. Realistic training in new equipment is essential. A model is described that is simple, reproducible, valid, realistic and currently unique in its opportunity to train soldiers to deal with life-threatening external bleeding, without recourse to live animal training. The model has been used successfully to train UK DMS medics, nurses and doctors in Afghanistan.
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