Pirate (spiritualmonkey) wrote in burning_man,

A Training Memory.

A couple of years ago, tongodeon and I were in our Red Cross Wilderness First Responder class that we were taking in order to expand our capabilities as Rangers. 'Cause when you roll up on someone who's face-down in their own sick or got a flap of skin hanging off their lower leg from a nasty encounter with uncapped rebar, it's nice to feel useful.

One evening, the subject at hand was nasal intubation. Basically inserting a tube through the nostril down into the trachea to assist breathing. We had a rubber dummy head to work on as they taught us how to pick the right size of tube.

The assistant instructor said "You'll want to use a water-based lubricant when inserting the breathing tube. You should keep some in your kit, because it'll probably something you won't find easily in the field." This being a wilderness-based first-aid class, they were also teaching us how to improvise with what we might find in our immediate environment.

Off-handedly, I said "Oh, we'll be at Burning Man. Water-based lube shouldn't be hard to come by."

Shooting me a quizzical look, he asked "Do you guys do a lot of nasal intubations out there?"

"No," I responded. "We're just freaky like that."

He paused again, thought for a moment, and went right back to the lecture.
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