First Aid


This module contains the following:  

  • Video introduction with Henrik Bramsborg (DK).
  • Written introduction by Henrik Bramsborg. 
  • A written assignment about a medical emergency.
  • Solutions to medical emergencies.

Downloadable files:

  • BSI medical training manual.
  • Medical site survey template.




Henrik Bramsborg

Henrik Bramsborg (DK) is a professional bodyguard operating out of Northern Europe. Henrik Bramsborg works as a security professional and is also an author of several books. 

EMT or bodyguard?

The bodyguard must have basic skills. 
As a bodyguard or a close protection operative you may find yourself in a situation where the threat to the client is not generated by people or surroundings but the client himself/herself. Loosing a client due to a poorly handled medical emergency is just a tragic and in many ways just as bad as loosing a client due to a violent attack or kidnapping. 

Therefore the bodyguard must be able to manage threaths generated by the clients health as well as other threats.

It is important to remember that a bodyguard will never be a medical professional. On most operations a bodyguard will not need to be trained to more than first responder level or EMT-B. Depending on the area and types of threats additional training may become necessary.

High risk areas increase the need to train to a more advanced level.

Dealing with a clients health is essential and can be dealt with in many ways. Using the following steps will help the inexperienced bodyguard cover basic aspects of the medical needs. 

The brief

You are hired to protect the CEO of a large Fortune 500 company. The CEO is traveling to all company locations in Europe to brief all regional directors on the coming expansion and development plan. 

Your principal is 65 years, 170 cm and 130 kg. As you are on your way back to the hotel he begins to sweat and he begins to complain. He says that he is “not feeling well” and have problems with breathing.

What steps should you as a bodyguard take to ensure your principals safety?

Not sure? Then we suggest that you see the answers provided in the ANSWER tab. 

Actions & solutions

Tells the driver to stop the vehicle at the earliest opportunity.  

Calls for an ambulance. 

The client may have a cardiac arrest.

The bodyguard does CPR and waits the ambulance arrives after 15 min.

Then the ambulance brings the principal to the hospital that may take 10 min.

The principal shocked x 4 and ROSC.

Recovery time can be between 3-6 months if he is lucky.

Know the clients health and medical history/background just as well as his personal physician. 

The bodyguard knows that his principal had a bypass years ago.

He knows and identifies the symptoms that are related to MI.

The bodyguard orders the driver to go to the (pre)identified hospital A.S.A.P.

O2. Manual syst. BP.

A trained bodyguard EMT-B level operator may administer NTG. 

Put on 3 lead ECG but can only see arytmia. *

Chest pain is relived by NTG and breathing is slowed.

You admin 300mg of ASA as he knows that the principal is not allergic.   

Medical Survey

This medical survey can be used by advance team members (S.A.P) to collect information about suited hospitals and emergency clinics. Many international security missions would require that the advance team physically inspect a hospital to ensure that it has the facilities that they need. 

Download survey template

BSI Medical Manual

Even though this is great material, we recommend that you hire a professional experienced paramedic. So read through this and take note of what you think will be necessary for you to learn – Then go get some prober paramedic training.

Download BSI manual here

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