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Basic First Aid Kits

Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00 Written by
Published in Medical
The key to medical preparedness is planning for the possibility that you may not be able to receive professional medical treatment when an injury or illness presents itself.  In the present, we simply go to a family doctor, urgent care center, or emergency room when medical assistance is needed. The…

Secondary Wound Closure

Sunday, 11 May 2014 00:00 Written by
Published in Medical
Some wounds are left open to heal, instead of being closed by sutures, staples, or strips. This process is called Secondary Wound Closure; also known as secondary intention and spontaneous healing. In fact, secondary wound closure is the natural process for how our body deals with healing wounds. During secondary…

Wound Closure Kits

Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00 Written by
Published in Medical
If you want to properly close wounds, then you will need the appropriate medical supplies. Of course, you can use anything that you can get your hands on, but the goal of medical preparedness is to ensure you have the correct supplies for the task. First, you need to choose…

Primary Wound Closure

Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00 Written by
Published in Medical
Primary closure involves using sutures, staples, or strips to close a wound and is an important aspect of wound management. But, before we get to that point, you must first understand the different types of wounds.

Normal Saline Solution

Thursday, 01 May 2014 22:47 Written by
Published in Medical
Saline solution has many medical uses, and can be used as a sterile rinse and disinfectant. Saline solution can be purchased commercially, which is the recommended method if you are conducting IV therapy and wound management. However, you can make your own saline solution for basic first aid procedures, using…

Sealing Your Home in Violent Disease Outbreak Scenarios

Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Medical
For most homeowners, home security means a sturdy fence, a bump-proof lock, and maybe even shatter-resistant window panes. Those who want an extra layer of defense might invest in security equipment, like an alarm system. Defending one’s home within legal parameters can be difficult enough as it is, but accounting for an outbreak…

The Top Ten Herbal Remedies

Sunday, 12 May 2013 16:03 Written by
Published in Medical
Herbal medicines or Traditional medicines have been around for as long as man has and are the basis of modern medicines. David Hoffman, a clinical phytotherapist (herbal medicine) for 20 years, says that medicinal plants have been used for several millennia and as recently as 60 years ago, our pharmacopeias…

Lacerations & Avulsions

Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles
Skin injuries are frequent and commonly occurring injuries, particularly for those who spend a lot of time outdoors. There are different types of these injuries and varying degrees of severity, as well as treatment. Skin injuries can be minor and superficial, with a linear direction such as your paper cuts,…

Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)

Monday, 04 February 2013 21:39
Published in Medical
The Individual First Aid Kit, or IFAK, has become a “buzz word” of the Preparedness and Survival communities; conduct a simple YouTube search for IFAK to see what I mean. The IFAK is standard issue for every U.S. service member deployed in combat, and given my combat experience as a…

Psychoactive Drugs and TEOTWAWKI

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 00:51 Written by
Published in Medical
According to a recent article published in USA Today, one in ten Americans (about 35 million) are prescribed psychoactive medications. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates another 25 million Americans are taking these drugs illegally. An honest question that preppers should be asking is; what happens in…

Introduction to IV Administration (Handout)

Friday, 25 January 2013 00:52 Written by
Published in Medical
In your capacity as the medic for your retreat or Bug Out Location (BOL), or in any situation you may find yourself in, you may have a requirement to use an IV to treat a patient. Intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, is the administration of liquid substances directly into a…

Medical History and Screening Form

Monday, 10 December 2012 20:55
Published in Medical
The medical history and screening form allows you to keep track of the medical history for your family and group's personnel. By understanding medical issues, and risks, you can ensure that you have the appropriate medical supplies and medications stored prior to an event, or collapse situation. Additionally, by understanding…

The Medical Clinic

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 00:00 Written by
Published in Medical
Right, so you have been designated the "Medical Officer/Doc/Medic" for your group’s retreat/BOL and you need to set up a "clinic area" to deal with any, but hopefully not too many, patients. If you are new to this task, it can be overwhelming. The following article leverages my experiences dealing…

First Aid Evaluation Flowchart

Monday, 03 December 2012 00:00
Published in Medical
Have you ever wondered which first aid steps you will need to conduct if you walk up on a casualty, or one of your family or group members is injured? Or, what about the order of first aid tasks; which tasks have higher priority over others? Instead of recreating the…

First Aid Evaluation Patient Chart

Thursday, 06 December 2012 00:00
Published in Medical
Hopefully, you and your family will remain safe during a family outing or a grid-down situation. However, if injuries are sustained,  you will need to closely monitor the injury and the patient's vitals. Here is our take on a first aid evaluation form (a modified version of the Wilderness First Aid .pdf).…
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