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Prepping requires forethought with regard to food, water supplies, power, and protection – all areas of significant technical preparation. Self-reliant medical care is no exception.
This book provides the basis of prevention, identification, and long-term management of survivable medical conditions and can be performed with minimal training. It helps you identify sources of materials you will need and should stock-pile, it discusses storage issues, and directs you to sources for more complex procedures that require advanced concepts of field-expedient techniques used by trained medical persons such as surgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, or midwifes and obstetricians.
From the Publisher
Two critical components of medical prepping is the concept of “off grid” versus “no grid.”
This book is structured around this concept. You will be advised how to manage most problems with no outside assistance, that is, without contact with the grid.
However, it is also important to know when it is important to rely on grid support, when a patient should be seen by an advanced care provider. But then back to the other issues: What if there is no grid or it is impossible for you to return to the grid for whatever reason? Then you must also know how to provide management under a TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) event, when the grid simply will not be available to you.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK – There are four ways to rapidly identify where in this book to find the information you need.
First – A quick glance through the contents can lead you to the proper chapter and subject.
Second – the Initial Assessment and the Focused Assessment not only describe how to perform a physical examination and what to look for, but these sections also refer you to the page of the book that tells you what to do if something is wrong.
Third – Throughout the book various sections have diagnostic tables with references to further evaluate or explain treatment options.
Fourth – the Clinical Reference Index at the end of the book provides a comprehensive cross-reference between symptoms, conditions, and treatments. Subjects are listed using both medical jargon and vernacular descriptions.
Learn how to prepare for:
Medical Emergencies on or off the grid
Managing bone, joint, soft tissue, and other trauma
Pain and fever
Bioterrorism and Infectious Disease
Preventing Disease: Herd Immunity
“Herd immunity” [is] the percent of a population that when immune from an illness, will interrupt the spread of that illness through the remaining, even non-immune, population. If a certain percentage of a group loses its herd immunity, a single case can spread like wildfire through the entire group, infecting even those who have some immunity due to the overwhelming number of germs that a massive flare in the infection causes. Depending upon how virulent the germ is and how easily it spreads, various levels of immunity must be present to prevent this “wildfire” spread.
Sometimes herd immunity does not protect you from a disease like tetanus, as you catch this from spores when they enter your body via the skin from the environment and not from another person.