Skip to comments.Dealing With Medical Emergencies (preppers)
Posted on 08/20/2012 8:52:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The prepper can take many lessons from the situation that developed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. One lesson is that when the social order breaks down for a period of days or weeks, adequate medical care will disappear.
So preparedness requires a medical kit. And no medical survival kit is complete without a good book or two on emergency medicine, anatomy, drug reference and medical terminology.
Some good ones to choose from are:
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My own personal favorite prepper medical book is “Where there is no Doctor”.
Buy a few banannas and practise your stitching techniques.
Don’t forget educating yourselves in amputating and cauterizing. There are probably some great old books on those important methods. Barbers once used leeches and bloodletting for great cures, too. [Little irony and humor there.]
I have my EMT textbook and large EMT box with wound treatment items and have leg and arm splints.
For badly bleeding wounds, I have Celox to stop the bleeding and Steri-Strips to close large wounds after they are cleaned and antibiotic ointment is applied.
Have oxygen tank and masks. Have antibiotics, plus over the counter meds for various ailments.
If someone doesn’t have Celox and Steri-Strips, those are the two items I would recommend as very important along with the antibiotic ointment.
Training, training, training.
Red Cross first aid course at a minimum; better yet, take a course for EMT.
All those medical supplies you’re laying by won’t do a bit of good if you don’t know how to use them.
And you’ve obtained your carry permit and picked up a weapon or two; but do you know how to disassemble them, clean, maintain, and repair them?
Excellent to be prepared, but don’t neglect the knowledge aspect while you’re laying in supplies “just in case.”
Now you know what he's there for!
Modern doctors use them, too, on occasion.
Coban, hydrogen peroxide, neomycin ointment and drops, hurricaine gel, and benzocaine are also good to have on hand.
I've also used DMSO for an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. It works!
I am in favor of self-sufficiency, BTW, and only wanted to introduce a little humor. And stock up on food to save money against inflation ahead. Find ways to lower your energy costs (heating, cooling, etc.—very important). Get out of debt any way that you can. Do those things by being frugal and becoming more technically educated. Looks like some rougher times ahead.
Don’t forget, though, that the maggots you want are the special, medical-grade, dung-free maggots.
Standard maggots, though will likely remain in bountiful supply.
the use of maggots raised in sterile conditions are also used today on wounds that will not heal...maggots only eat dead skin and flesh and can make a wound clean as a whistle...
Yep, see #15 & #17 ;-).
I used to use dmso on one of my goats that had problems with her 2 front legs...somedays I’d see her walking on her front knees (don’t know why) but would dab dmso on the knees and soon she would be up walking on all four...the trick is not to rub it into the area, just dab it a couple of times. (at least with goats, those that used it said never to rub it into the skin)
It is a solvent and will also transport anything on the surface of the skin into the body, hence the application area needs to be free of soap residue or other contaminants. I have used it on my cats in conjunction with antibiotic ointments to increase absorption without negative side effects.
used with anti-biotic is interesting. Thats a new one for me......thanks which goes on first, ointment or dmso?
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