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    Basic Lesson Number 98

    Seven Areas of Prepper First Aid

    A. Wound injuries: Spontaneous fevers; Dehydration; Diarrhea; Infections; and Flu and Cold exposure -- a lot can happen in a catastrophic event. I categorized these problems into seven areas of first aid to help you better prepare:

    1. Prepper First Aid Issue: Wound care.

    Cuts, scrapes, punctures and penetrating wounds, burns, blisters, bites and stings, also extreme fluctuations of temperature and radiation burns. Your skin acts as barrier to the world protecting your body from infection, extreme temperature fluctuations and radiation. Simply preppers must maintain skin integrity or risk for infection.

    Soap, clean water, and rubbing alcohol for cleaning.
    Hydrogen Peroxide to prevent infections in scrapes and burns.
    Neosporin generic equivalent antibiotic (or Polysporin for people who are allergic to Neosporin).
    Bandages (sterile pads and gauze, cotton and medical tape): Variety is key! Sterile Gauze; non-adherent sterile pads; butterfly bandges and medical tape. Learn how to use butterfly bandages.

    For Burns. Burn Gel offers effective relief for burns. NOTE: do not apply Burn Gel or other brand of burn gel or butter directly to skin immediately after a burn. Instead, the goal of Burn Gel is to help the victim with recovery to minimize infection after the wound has time to heal. It's always best to keep a burn under cold water for 15 minutes after injury, and never to pop the blister that may form. To provide a sterile protection to keep it from popping, tape gauze on the wound.

    Hydro-cortisone anti-itch cream to soothe poison ivy, rashes, eczema irritation, and Psoriasis irritation.
    Moleskin for blister prevention Blister Medic (blister first aid kit for your feet)
    Ibuprofen relieves pain, but also prevents swelling.
    Instant cold packs. Early intervention is key for a sprain, and you may need to get the wound cold fast.

    Quick-clot (alternatives include a tampon or sanitary napkin) Quick-clot Be sure to get Quik-Clot® Sport™ Silver, which has added antibacterial advantage of ionic silver. Silver acts to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi which can be especially important if medical care is not immediately available (or ever at all).

    Tweezers, Sterile scissors, (Advanced preppers may like to pack sutures and scalpel kits)
    Steri strips skin closure.
    Sun screens, lotions and zinc oxide to mitigate chaffed skin

    2. Prepper First Aid Issue: Upper Respiratory Infections.

    Most common in the Fall and Winter, an upper respiratory infection include runny noses, coughs and sore throats (on the more severe range breathing difficulties and lethargy).

    Flash light to check throat.
    Halls cough drops – suppressant to soothe throat.
    Thieves Oil. During the 15th-century plague, thieves used an oil of cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics to protect
    themselves while robbing plague victims. In the Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way by Joseph Alton M.D. and Amy Alton ARNP, they recommend stocking Thieves Oil! (Page 78.) for upper respiratory infections.

    Hydrogen Peroxide (oral debriding agent). Effective as an oral debriding agent, hydrogen peroxide can aid in removing phlegm, mucus or other secretions associated with a sore mouth.

    3. Prepper First Aid Issue: Pain and Fever.

    Causal range for fever includes virus, bacterial infection, heat exhaustion, and extreme sunburn. To mitigate fever, you'll need the following:

    Analog Thermometer (preferably mercury free): Other prepper Web sites often omit this fact: the battery of your digital thermometer might not work when you need it most! You'll need the traditional shake down analog thermometer if you don't have replacement batteries or in the event of an EMP power grid failure and the batteries don't work in your digital thermometer. An inexpensive oral thermometer is non-toxic and mercury free, and reads both Fahrenheit and Celsius. It should require no batteries!

    Ibuprofen (also prevents swelling)Chemical heat and cold packs.
    Fish Mox (amoxicillin). Consult your doctor about FishMox, which is the same amoxicillin prescribed for humans, to see if this is right for you and your family. This antibiotic intended for fish may be the only antibiotic available in uncertain times when a doctor is not available.

    Note: Consult Nurse Amy and Doctor bones they will tell you about Fish antibiotics.

    4. Prepper First Aid: Flu and Colds Exposure.

    Epidemic spread of colds, flu, bird and swine flu is of high concern to preppers. The things you need are:

    Pandemic mask, N-95 or N-100, is an affordable option for stocking your first aid kit with pandemic supplies. It helps reduce the risk of spreading germs, as with the swine flu, common cold or a bird flu pandemic.

    Gloves. Nitrile exam gloves: Keep inside zip lock bag.

    Pandemic Flu Kit. Needs to be a comprehensive kit that includes a high-efficiency N-95/P100 particle filter. A single respirator and filter can be disinfected and reused. The very simple to understand disinfection procedure uses inexpensive alcohol bath.

    Infection Protection Kit: Add the infection protection kit, right to your pandemic flu kit. This has all the personal protective equipment and supplies, such as N95 respirators, eye protection, vinyl gloves, disposable thermometers, bio-hazard bags and more. Read articles for planning for a pandemic.

    5. Prepper First Aid Issue: Diarrhea.

    Watery bowel movements caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites, medications, lactose or fructose intolerance, and other digestive disorders need attention. Without a doubt, diarrhea kills! Look to any under developed country and you'll see first hand how prevention and knowledge can prevent diarrhea. In survival times, parasites will be a problem. You'll be hunting meat and your water may not be as pure as you're drinking today. Take heed now to prevent diarrhea. According to Web MD there are 42 conditions associated with diarrhea and heartburn. Towards prevention, here are some ideas on what to pack:

    Enzyme supplement for digestive health.
    Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex to treat parasites.
    Anti-diarrhea, such as Imodium or generic equivalent is essential.
    Activated charcoal tablets for poisoning emergencies, which is also in my list of Survival Medicines.
    Tums, Alka Seltzer, or equivalent heartburn relief.

    Vinegar, like Apple Cider Vinegar to help prevent yeast infection, stomach upset, and acid indigestion.

    Pedialyte or equivalent electrolyte drink for kids. Pack sports drinks for the adults. Another option is to add a teaspoon of salt to a quart of apple juice. Or drink clear broths.

    6. Prepper First Aid Issue: Dental emergencies.

    If one thing's for sure: you need a dental aid kit.

    Dentists and dental hygienists might not be available either, so you'd be well advised to carry a Dental First Aid kit. Your personal dental emergency kit will be different if you have a child with braces or someone in your family who has dentures.

    Hydrogen peroxide as mentioned above, is an oral debriding agent.
    Hurricane Topical Anesthetic Gel
    Dental Medic (Dental first Aid Kit): Be it an infection, a lost filling, or a fractured tooth, the excruciating pain of dental emergencies can bring the happiest of Happy Preppers to their knees.

    The Dental Medic contains the essentials for treating dental pain and injury when a dentist isn't available, from basic
    supplies like floss, cotton, and oral anesthetic to more advanced components like temporary cavity filling mixture and dental wax. The Dental Medic kit is a "must have" for any bug out bag or survival plan.

    7. Prepper First Aid: Personal emergencies (other medical conditions).

    Of course this basic prepper list is not exhaustive. You'll need to plan other personal medical emergencies, which may include the following:

    First aid for allergies /anaphylaxis: Someone in your group may require an auto-injector. An Epi-pen requires a prescription.

    Get another from your doctor while you still can. In case an auto-injector is not available, Benadryl is always useful to have on hand.

    First aid for diabetes: A family member may require insulin, which requires refrigeration and glucose tablets. Treatment for feet will be an issue. Ensure you have plenty of oats on hand for diabetics in your group.

    First Aid for Eye Care! Ensure you have some Visine (several bottles, because if the bottle tip hits another surface it
    becomes infected and useless).

    B. First Aid Preparations:

    During a catastrophe the first responders (police officers, firefighters or paramedics) might not be available, while doctors

    or nurses will be overwhelmed depending on the conditions. You'll need to make some preparations for first aid!

    1. Have a basic first manual available.
    The First Aid Manual, by the American College of Emergency Physicians, shows you how to treat more than 100 medical conditions and injuries, whether a minor burn or a heart attack.

    2. Get connected to the American Red Cross. Wise is the prepper who takes an American Red Cross first aid class or CPR class. In a basic first aid class with the American Red Cross, participants learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses, head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies. Refresher courses are necessary biannually.

    3. Be prepared to know how to use everything in your kit.
    Allergic reactions, asthma attacks, poisonings and snake bites require immediate action. Find out how to handle these urgent first aid situations before they happen.

    EPI-pens & Inhalers: Before you need it, learn how an EPI-pen works. Everyone in the family should know how to use an epinephrine auto injector if someone in the family carries one. The same goes for an inhaler, also called a puffer, if someone in your family has asthma or a chronic lung condition, know how to use it.

    Snake Bite Kit: If you live in a region with poisonous snakes, learn how to use a snake bit kit.

    Bee sting kit: Bee stings are painful for some or deadly for others. Do what you can to remove the pain or harm with a bee sting kit.

    Burns. Know the treatment of burns: they are the second leading cause of death in young children. Do not use ice or butters! The best course of immediate action is to hold the burned area under cool running water for 15 minutes.

    Tourniquet. Misuse of a tourniquet could result in loss of limb.

    Splinters Removal Kit. Even a splinter could result in a bad infection. Learn how to properly remove splinters.

    Ammonia inhalant. An Ammonia inhalant is used in cases of fainting or momentary loss of consciousness. Astonishingly,
    preppers often overlook this essential!

    C. Get a book: Here are two excellent books for when there is no doctor:

    "When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and Emergency Healthcare in Challenging Times by Gerard S. Doyle. This book is full of

    medical tips and emergency suggestions. For Preppers, it should be no further than an arm’s reach away in
    your household.

    "The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook": Dr. Bones, aka Joseph Alton M.D. and Nurse Amy Alton ARNP, bring you this must have handbook for your first aid and survival kit. Intended those who want to ensure the health of their loved ones in any disaster situation, from hurricanes to a complete societal collapse, this handbook will be a lifesaver. Integrative medical strategies abound for situations in which medical help is NOT on the way.

    This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, and shows you

    strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. You'll learn skills like performing a physical exam,
    transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound!

    D. References and additional information about first aid:

    1. Check out the Mayo Clinic First Aid Index:
    The Mayo Clinic has an extremely useful First Aid Index to review and print for your personal survival manual.

    2. Visit The Survival Doctor Web site. Author and survivalist James Hubbard, M. D., M.P.H. offers guidelines for life-threatening emergencies. Dr. Hubbard provides an array of advice on survival medical topics. Discover "What to do when help is not on the way."

    3. Follow the Patriot Nurse on YouTube.
    The Patriot Nurse provides practical tips for first aid and medical concerns as well as practical prepping advice.

    E. Commercially Available Preppers First Aid Kits

    Preppers pack a variety of first aid kits in different locations, which may include a vehicle first aid kit, an EMT first aid kit, a dental medic kit, a pandemic kit or a tactical medic kit, and even a pet first aid kit. Then there are kits for the bug-out bag, kits for camping, and kits for the office, such as an ANSI approved kit, and more! Each prepper's medical kit has its purpose.

    Many of the kits available on the market provide a good start, but often you'll need to add to them. For example, with a Dental Medic, you can add extra coverage for lost fillings and loose caps. If your child has braces, you'll want the Braces Emergency Kit a special tool, available at the bottom right of the page. This tool has toothed-end nippers for clipping off dangerous wire braces when they snap under. It all depends on you and your family's personal needs.

    Preppers usually like to assemble their own kits, but for those who don't (or simply don't know where to start), here are some of our favorite first aid kits:

    1. A Commercial Wall mounted First aid kit It even should include a handy reorder form, so you'll never run out of what you need. This is a top of the line industrial station that's packed with the medicines you need. It goes well beyond the traditional first aid kit, and includes an instruction booklet.

    2. Portable ANSI First Aid Kit: Designed for the workplace of around 50 employees, the ANSI first Aid kit, immediate left, is compliant with ANSI standards and meets or exceeds federal OSHA recommendations with 20 critical products. Includes first aid guide, vinyl gloves, large assortment of bandages, latex-free elastic bandage, triangular sling/bandage, gauze dressings, trauma pad, antiseptics, ointments, instant cold compress, eye wash, first aid tape, scissors, tweezers, and more. It would be ideal for home use as well, but we suggest placing it in your bug out bag. This is a quality ANSI Compliant first aid kits.

    3. Burn Free Emergency Kit: The Burn Free Emergency burn kit has four 4x4 sterile burn dressings, 12 Burn Free Pain relieving gel packets, one 4 oz bottle of Burn Free Gel and 2 Gauze roll bandages. Packed in a plastic case that can be wall-mounted or carried.

    4. Vehicle First Aid Kit. A vehicle first aid kit is handy. Packed with several first aid products to assist with any accident, the large vehicle kit, right, is crush, water and dust resistant, with a gasket to insure dryness. Stock a vehicle first aid kit and load your car with these 9 Prepper Vehicle Essentials.

    5. First aid kit for dogs.
    If your family has a dog(s) then you need a comprehensive survival kit for a dog(s). It should include emergency dog food, water, shelter, and more. Information at:

  • #2
    The first two are the most important and need immediate first aid action.

    You can bleed out in under 1 minute. That means major blood flow. Not a couple of cuts.

    You start loosing brain functions after 4 minutes of not breathing.

    You have to stay clean whither you bug-out or are staying at home. Staying clean means you wash up before eating, and after work. Every day!
    Don't forget clean clothing.

    Very important to remember.
    Last edited by RICHFL; 03-20-2015, 05:31 PM.


    • #3
      Once again, great information. Like you said, you can begin treatment before any injury occurs by practicing good hygiene. Keep yourself as clean as possible. Wash your hands before and after the bathroom and anytime before you work with food. Hygiene will not prevent a injury but will sure make the healing process shorter and less involved.
      Anyone that would give up freedom for security, deserves neither. ~ Ben Franklin