If there’s a disaster and you can’t get help, this blog’s for you—survival medicine for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, terrorist attacks, social upheaval or any time you’re isolated.
Always use the best available provider, and get professional help if possible. (See the disclaimer.) This blog contains medical information to use if that’s not possible—when you are your last option.
It’s the worst snowstorm you can remember. The ice-covered streets are abandoned. You hear a boom in the distance, and your computer screen goes blank. Darkness. A crash and another bang from inside the house. In the hallway, your husband sits on the floor, soaked in blood. You dial 911, and all you get is a busy signal. Would you know what to do next?
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Note: Due to recent events, part 2 of my gunshot wounds treatment series is postponed to next week. (See part 1 here.) Click the photo to enlarge. This is a START adult triage algorithm from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (If you don’t have medical training, the chart will make more sense if you’ve taken my course or read my latest book.) For the past week, mass tragedies and mayhem have dominated U.S. news. In Dallas, a man shot and killed five police officers and injured seven more during a protest. In Nice, France, a man murdered more than 80 people when he plowed through a crowd in a transport truck. And in Turkey, hundreds were reportedly injured or killed during an attempted coup. […]
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I’ve been a family doctor for over 30 years. I’ve practiced in small and large towns, worked emergency rooms and in clinics.
I’ve come to realize many very smart people don’t know the basics about medicine. Now I’m not putting that down. Place me near a leaky faucet and my wife hides the tools. But if I have a flooded basement and can’t get a plumber, I know how to turn off the water supply.
I’ve seen able people who don’t know to put pressure on a cut to stop it from bleeding. But even if you know how to stop the bleeding, what if it’s bad and you have no medical assistance? That’s what this blog is about. Even if you know first aid, what will happen to you or a family member if you have an emergency and can’t get immediate assistance from someone medically trained?