There is a lot of talk about prepping to live after a huge event that tends to center around stockpiling food, water and guns. Some preppers do put some emphasis on stockpiling medical supplies as well.
Others will attend training classes to learn from the experts about how to do basic first aid. However, these scenarios assume you are at home with your medical supplies and can take care of an injury until help arrives.
Prepping for a medical emergency must include a contingency plan. What if your medical supplies are depleted or you are out in the wilderness without all of your preps? You need to know the right, ideal way and be prepared to improvise with what you can find. You will be surprised at some of the things people can use as a substitute for medical equipment, medicine and a visit to a doctor.
Here are some ways you can better prepare yourself to handle a medical emergency.
While these methods may not be your first choice, knowing there is an option is what may help you save a life. It is better than throwing your hands up and doing nothing. Think out of the box and do whatever is necessary to keep a person alive even if it is a bit unconventional.
Paracord is touted as a necessary piece of gear that should be packed in every bug out bag. It is cordage that can prove very useful for a number of different reasons in a survival situation. What you may not realize is the fact paracord is also very useful for a medical emergency.
Paracord is comprised of typically seven strands of string woven together to make durable cordage. By unraveling the strings, you would have what you needed to stitch a wound. It can be used to fashion a splint for a broken bone or used to bind branches together to make a stretcher. In a dire emergency, the paracord could be used to make a tourniquet. A sling could also be fashioned with the help of paracord.
Super glue is an effective way to hold a gaping wound closed. Emergency rooms in hospitals use a variation of super glue in modern medicine. Yes, it will sting a bit, but the super glue will hold a wound together and keep it from becoming infected with outside contaminants.
The wound will heal much faster and you won’t have to worry about keeping it covered. Only close a wound if you are absolutely sure you got everything out. You don’t want to seal up debris inside the wound that will lead to a raging infection.
Cool Stream for a Burn
If you have been sunburned or maybe you escaped some kind of explosion that left your skin burned, your best bet is to get to cool water. Rubbing ice, snow or placing an ice pack on a burn isn’t a good idea. It cuts off the circulation to the injured skin that needs the blow flow. Soak the area in a cool mountain stream until the burning stops.
If you can’t fit your body or the section that has been burned in the water, soak clean cloths and place them over the area. Remove any clothing from the area that has been seriously burned. Clothing traps the heat in, making the burns worse. Soaking in water and gently pulling the clothing away lessens the damage. If the burns are severe, it is important the person is watched closely for at least the first 24 hours. The trauma can cause swelling, which can interfere with the airway.
Running from bad guys, chopping wood or hauling heavy containers of water is going to make you sweat. If it is warm outside or scorching hot, you are at risk of having a heat stroke. The temperature doesn’t have to be in the triple digits to put you at risk.
High humidity levels and working hard in temperatures of 80 degrees or more is enough to give you a heat stroke. Getting out of the sun and getting your heart rate down is a priority. Heat stroke happens within minutes. One minute you are trucking along and the next you feel weak and ready to drop. Cooling down with some cool water on your neck and feet helps. Drinking water is a must. When you stop sweating, you are in danger of dehydration.
If you are wearing cotton clothing and it is soaked with sweat—keep it on. The damp material helps cool your skin.
Knife Wound or Gunshot to the Chest
You don’t necessarily have to roll over and die if you have received a serious injury to your chest region and you are struggling to breathe. A punctured lung is life-threatening, but you can treat it until you can get help with a little plastic or even your driver’s license.
If you happen to have Vaseline or some chapstick, lining the plastic with the petroleum jelly and placing it over the sucking chest wound will get you a better seal. You want to stop the wound from taking in air and over-inflating the chest, making it impossible for the injured person to breathe. If you are dealing with a gunshot, don’t assume you need to go fishing around in a person’s body to get the bullet out. You could end up doing more damage.
These little tips can go a long way to saving your life or the life of someone you are with. While it is always best to find professional medical help as soon as possible, it may not always be easy. You need to be able to take care of the most pressing problem putting a person’s life in jeopardy and go from there.
Doing nothing is not an option. The tips offered here may not be the ideal solution, but they will work and they will keep you alive until your body heals or real help arrives.