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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Welcome to a new contributor from Louisiana

I would like to welcome Wayne to the blog.He has experience in the Medical field that could be very valuable and will be contributing his thoughts on this blog in the future.(many more I hope) So let's give Wayne a big hello.......................BY the way we might need his services in the Dome today if everything goes good,WHO DAT!!!!!

Ok, a quick bit about myself: I am an RN, I have been an EMT and a paramedic. I was a corpsman in the Navy and have taught many classes, including wilderness medicine. I have been through several hurricanes, earthquakes, prolonged power outages, toxic spills, and so on. I consider preparedness to be both a hobby and a way of life.

Preparedness involves many areas: shelter, food, water, protection, etc. One area that is often touched upon is the need for medical preparedness, but often little is mentioned beyond simple prevention and trauma care. It is important that everyone be able to care for his or herself and loved ones so as to keep them not only safe but also well.

Medical preparedness is a vast subject and can only be touched upon here. Briefly, you have to evaluate your needs, your abilities, your resources, and your possible needs. Figuring out your abilities (what level of training do you have?) and resources (what supplies and medications do you have on hand) should be straight forward, but needs and possible needs? What is the difference?

Your needs are your immediate medical concerns. In today’s society we have many individuals who are dependent upon medications and/or technology in order to maintain health, if not just to live. For many in this category preparation will necessitate extensive foresight and preparation. More on this latter.

Possible needs—not only what you are likely to need but what you dang well might need. Most of us can name a few possible needs, such as being able to care for cuts or a broken bone. But what about hypothermia? Ok, given the weather that we have been experiencing of late probably everybody is at least a little concerned about that, but what about in May and June when you are preparing for hurricane season? Hypothermia in June? In Louisiana? It can happen. Remember, water can carry heat away from the body 25 times faster than air. Get someone wet for a bit, especially if there is a little wind and they will get cold. A friend of mine, a Navy corpsman, told me once of a jungle op he did with a platoon of Marines where he had to treat 5 of them for hypothermia. The temperature was in the 80’s, but it had rained… That was in a Pacific jungle, now imagine if a hurricane comes through and you are trying to clean/patch up afterwards, it is overcast, there is a little rain, you stay outside because you have a lot of work to do…

What I am trying to get at is that when evaluating your possible needs you must consider every likely threat that you may face, though not every possible threat. Being ready to treat a hypothermia victim in Louisiana in June is reasonable, but you are not likely to encounter someone with frostbite (though I have twice, in Louisiana, both in the summer). Look a little ways outside of the box when you are putting your medical kit together, and try to consider things that you might need without over doing it. Got a diabetic family member? Consider keeping some sugar tabs and a spare $30 meter/test strip kit. Severe blisters can be hobbling, but moleskin and blister pads don’t take up too much room…same with a tube of anti-fungal cream. Be creative, brainstorm, but remain realistic. Find a good sturdy box or bag to keep your main kit in, not too large nor too small, and make everything fit in it. If you have stuff spilling out, you have over done it.

2 comments:

American Prepper said...

Welcome Wayne!

juju_mommy said...

Welcome Wayne!

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