While food, water and shelter are the 3 most important aspects of prepping, first aid and medical skills for preppers aren’t far behind. There could be times when medical help isn’t available, or even times where we can save some money by treating minor injuries and sickness ourselves.
This article isn’t a list of first aid supplies for preppers, you can find more information than you need with a simple Google search. We even have a couple here and here. This article is more about how to decide which medical supplies you might need.
Just like everything with preparedness, we can’t move on to the “bigger and better” until we take care of the basics. First aid for preppers is not always about bullet wounds and Severed limbs, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore that aspect of it.
SPP197 First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers
The truth is, there are illnesses and accidents that happen on a daily basis. These minor issues could turn into bigger issues if we don’t know how to treat them. Without refrigeration, food borne illnesses could become commonplace and diseases like Cholera could rear their ugly head once again.
Topics Covered This Week…
Most Common Issues: We are more likely to encounter issues that involve Respiratory, Infection and Diarrhea. This not only applies to a SHTF scenario, but also our everyday lives.
Diagnosis & Vital Signs: Learning how to check a pulse or breathing rate could help us figure out what your dealing with. The more we know about these common illnesses and injuries, the better our chances will be when treating them.
Prevention: The best way of preventing a small problem from turning into a bigger problem is knowing treat it right off the bat. This also includes doing everything we can today to keep ourselves healthy.
Hygiene and Sanitation: In any sort of post collapse situation, things won’t be as easy as they are today. With no running water it could be hard to maintain sanitary conditions.
Tailor Your Kit to Your Needs: Don’t just read an article on first aid supplies and use it as a checklist, everyones family is different and will require different supplies. Think about your family medical conditions, your lifestyle and your location.
Medical Training: The more we know, the better our odds of helping someone if and when the need arises. Make sure you have the basics covered first before you move on to the larger trauma injuries and techniques.
Survival Medicine: Even though the most common injuries will be small wounds, infection and sickness, we still need to think about the larger injuries like bullet wounds and sutures. When it comes to survival medicine, you should get some training and take a class. Relying on a few articles isn’t a very good idea.
Links From The Show…
USCrow: This prepping website is one of my favorites. This link is to the Advanced Medical Care section of their website, and covers topics ranging from sutures, to bullet wounds, to giving birth post collapse.
AmecicanSurvivor: SHTF medical and first aid applications will require more than the basics. This article titled Survival Medics goes over some of the areas you should learn about, and even has a few PDF’s that might be useful.
Medical Supplies: I mentioned in the show that we have a couple lists of important medical supplies. Here is First Aid Supplies And Money Saving Tips For Preppers, and Trauma Kit Supplies for Preppers.