There are a number of scenarios we think about as preppers where trauma supplies and skills are important. However, as preppers we tend to head straight for “worst case scenario” when thinking about traumatic injuries and large SHTF injuries, and by doing this we tend to miss the other more likely disaster scenarios.
While there are some “getting home” scenarios, and bugging out scenarios, the odds are we will be in our homes in almost every disaster situation we can think about. Because of this we not only need the trauma supplies (and skills to use them) but we also need to protect ourselves and our homes in an effort to minimize the need for them.
Treating bullet wounds is a very popular topic in the preparedness community, but the truth is, few disaster scenarios involve battle lines and trench warfare. Now before I get a bunch of hate mail, I’m not saying there aren’t other scenarios that involve getting shot at, I’m saying there are other traumatic injuries that deserve the same attention.
SPP265 Trauma and Large SHTF Injuries
Today in the show Lisa and I had Brian Duff from the Mind4Survival podcast on with us to talk about the ins and outs of trauma medicine and for preppers. Brain has an extensive background in trauma medicine including his military experience, and his current employer North American Rescue.
We didn’t cover “trauma supplies” because you can find that information all over the internet, or this article here. Today we went over when and why it might be necessary, and ways to avoid having to use them.
Disclaimer: This may go without saying, but this information is for disaster situations where there is no medical help available. Please be smart and seek professional medical help whenever it’s available, especially in life threatening situations.
Preventing Traumatic Injuries
We talked about this in last weeks show, but staying away (whenever possible) from dangerous situations, and preventing the need for these trauma supplies is just as important as the supplies themselves.
Below are some of the topics we covered in this weeks show, as well as our thoughts on the most likely disaster injuries that would necessitate the need for trauma supplies. I highly suggest you listen to the entire podcast because Brian offers some great advice and is a credible source of information on the topic of trauma medicine.
Personal Security: Body armor and self defense are the first things that come to mind with personal security. If you can prevent the need for a chest seal or Quick Clot, you won’t have to deal with the issues that follow.
Preventing Injuries: As Sun Tzu wrote in The Art of War and I’m paraphrasing “the best battle is one not fought”. Staying away from preventable situations and staying focused are key. This also includes practice, planning, patience, and not being overconfident.
Situational Awareness: While accidents do happen, we can minimize their likelihood by paying attention to what’s going on around us. Situational awareness is not only important in a SHTF scenario, it’s important in every aspect of our lives.
4 Likely Traumatic Injuries
As I said before, when it comes to SHTF situations not all are “Mad Max” situations. We could be protecting our homes, we could find ourselves in the middle of a mob or riot, confrontations with desperate people.
With that being said, we can’t prevent everything, and injuries are bound to happen. Here are a list of 4 traumatic injuries that may be the most prevalent in a SHTF scenario.
Burn Wounds: This is one that most of us don’t think about, but as Brian mentioned with the grid being down, or in certain natural disasters fires are bound to happen. Without electricity we will need to burn wood for cooking an heat, increasing the odds of burn wounds.
Head Wounds: In the show we talked about how physical altercations that don’t involve weapons are highly likely. Mobs, riots and angry neighbors could all lead to fist fights. While most wounds from a fight are not traumatic, head wounds and vital organ damage could be.
Stabbing/Lacerations: In my opinion getting attacked with a knife (or sharp object) is more likely in a SHTF scenario than a gun shot wound. While most preppers are gun owners, the dangerous people are going to be the unprepared people. These people will grab whatever weapon they can find to come take your food.
Gun Shot Wounds: Because of the damage a firearm can do, and because there is a large number of illegal firearms around, we can’t discount the fact that in a WROL (Without Rule of Law) situation guns need to be a major consideration. Just like stabbings, gun shot wounds could lead to other major problems.
This is only 4 injuries that could cause traumatic injuries in a SHTF situation, and depending on your environment, you might have a few others that make your list. If you have any ideas let us know in the comments below?