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Allergy or Side Effect?

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This post was originally published HERE on DoomandBloom.net.

 

A medical caregiver has many responsibilities in a disaster. Everyone knows that their duty is to deal with injuries and illness, but few are aware of their obligation as medical archivist; that is, they are responsible for knowing the medical history of the people under their care. Part of that medical history includes what medicines to which a patient is allergic.

 

Many people will

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Video of the Week: Skin Glues for Wound Closure Part 1 & 2

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

Skin adhesive or superglue for covering a wound requires knowledge of when and how to apply them. Learn the best methods to apply skin adhesives watching

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8 Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

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Most all of us have a bottle – or twelve – of hydrogen peroxide put back. Did you know that its uses are more than just wound disinfection? Hydrogen peroxide actually has a multitude of uses and makes the storage of it even more important.

Oh and by the way there is a reason hydrogen peroxide comes in a dark brown bottle. It is because light will ruin its potency.

It should be obvious to

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Video of the Week: Building a Budget Trauma Kit

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YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

SkinnyMedic gives details on building a budget IFAK.

IFAK – Individual First Aid Kit

Looking for a good pouch to get started?

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Dr. Bones on……New Evidence on Expiration Dates

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This article originally appeared at http://www.doomandbloom.net/2012/10/new-evidence-on-expiration-dates-2.html. The information is extremely relevant to all of Rourke’s Patriots for consideration in their preparations.

– Rourke

 

Over the years, I have expressed my opinions on the bogus nature of the expiration dates stamped on medications in pill or capsule form. I have cited the findings of the Shelf Life Extension Program, a program meant to investigate the possible usefulness

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What meds would you want in your personal SHTF pharmacy?

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This post was originally published HERE in ModernSurvivalOnline.

 

DISCLAIMER: Always consult a medical doctor before using any new medications, prescription or not. This information is intended to be used as a general guide of what types of medications would be most useful in a post-societal breakdown situation where there is no formal access to medical care, and you are forced to become your own doctor. In no way is this information intended to

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations

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Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my

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Medical Week: My philosophy on preparedness, and an MD perspective on wound closures

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When I reflect on what drives me to prep, I realize that this motivation was born long before I actually started prepping. In fact, it was something that was forged through my life experiences beginning as early as childhood. My parents divorced when I was young, and with that I spent the good portion of my life experiencing what it is like to be financially limited. Although difficult, I never felt like my

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Medical Week: Video’s and Fish Antibiotics…..

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In a SHTF environment where modern medical facilities are unavailable the simplest of cuts could become infected and result in serious illness or even death. Fish antibiotics are one option those of us who prepare put back “just in case”.

Below are a few videos on the topic of antibiotics……

 

Top 5 Antibiotics for SHTF Storage

 

Are fish antibiotics safe for humans?

 

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Medical Week: Suturing Video’s

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Get out the needle and thread folks ’cause its time to stitch up some open wounds. Oh, and if you get a bit queasy from the sight of blood and cuts and the inside of the human body – go read another article.

It may sound amazing but it is true that I have never had stitches. I have had some cuts that needed them but I used butterfly bandages and they eventually healed up.

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Using Antibiotics Wisely

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Rourke: This post was originally published HERE over at DoomandBloom.net.

 

Antibiotics are essential tools for success in long-term survival, but the government, the food industry, and some physicians and patients are fostering widespread resistance to many of the standard drugs. More than 2 million diagnosed cases of antibiotic resistance were reported in the United States in 2013, leading to 23,000 deaths and costing 30 billion dollars.

 

 

As a physician, I was often

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Anaphylactic Shock In Austere Settings

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Rourke: This article can be seen here in its original format.

In a disaster or any other situation that leaves us off the grid, we will expose ourselves to insect stings and poison ivy, as well as strange food items that we aren’t accustomed to. Allergic reactions may ensue in susceptible individuals. When we develop an allergic reaction, it might be mild or it might be severe. If severe enough, we refer to it as

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….On practical IFAKs

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There is a dearth of useful information out there on practical useful IFAKs(Individual First Aid Kit). Most of what is offered amount to a “Boo-Boo” kit. They do not remotely address the most common of life threatening wounds encountered in a combat situation.

Outside of EMS/EMT training there is minimal information on the use and application of the equipment and materials required to address these wounds. There are a few DVDs available

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The Right Way to Treat a Wound

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By Dave from PreppingPlans.com

We’ve all put on a band-aid sometime or other; but that’s not really wound treatment. In a survival situation, you’re probably going to be faced with much more serious wounds than that, requiring much more thorough wound treatment. Whether due to gunshot wounds or working with tools that most of us aren’t accustomed to using, the likelihood of serious wounds is much higher.

The other problem is that medical services will

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My philosophy on preparedness, and an MD perspective on wound closures

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The following article was originally published on April 12th, 2012 and won 1st Place in a past MSO Guest Post Writing Contest. It can be seen in its original format HERE.

 

When I reflect on what drives me to prep, I realize that this motivation was born long before I actually started prepping. In fact, it was something that was forged through my life experiences beginning as early as childhood. My parents divorced when

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Ebola: The Year of Living Dangerously

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By Joe Alton, M.D – Contributing Editor, ModernSurvivalOnline

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When I first wrote about Ebola early this year, I was hoping that it wouldn’t be a news item 6 months later. In my March 2014 article, I mentioned my concern about 86 cases and 59 deaths reported in the country of Guinea. The article you’re reading now counts 7500 cases and 3500 deaths in several countries. Dire projections by some experts predict more than a

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Wound Infections

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The following post comes courtesy of DoomandBloom.net. It can be sen in its original format HERE. – Rourke

 

As a physician, I have on occasion dealt with infected wounds, sometimes from injury and also after surgical procedures. In a survival setting, most wounds will be contaminated with debris, dirt, and bacteria. Therefore, anyone who will be medically responsible after a disaster occurs may expect to deal with wound infections. The ability to

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How to make injectable Lidocaine HCL

The following post was previously published here on MSO – it can be seen in its original format HERE.

 

by RalphP

Almost every other prepper / survivalist that I’ve met shares a similar “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” philosophy about life. If this pretty much describes you too, than you’ve probably considered a SHTF situation where, with no access to doctors or dentists, you might be forced to perform some

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Flesh eating bacteria – is there a ‘silver bullet’ ?

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[From Rourke: The following article was previously published here on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE. ]

by Brenda Nicholson

Have you thought about how you will take care of yourself or your family if you can’t get to a doctor ?? Even with doctors available why do people lose limbs and lives because of the “flesh eating bacteria” There are answers and

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Dr. Bones: Ebola Update

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The following article is extremely timely as the Ebola virus is all over the news. Dr. Bones (Contributing Editor here at MSO) just recently edited and published this article. It can be seen in its original format HERE.

(DR. BONES SAYS: This article has been expanded to reflect some of the latest news)

Several countries in West Africa are in the throes of an epidemic of Ebola virus. Over

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Welcome Dr. Bloom and Nurse Amy!

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It is my honor to announce that Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy have come on board ModernSurvivalOnline as Contributing Editors. I know you will welcome them with open arms.

Dr. Bones is an M.D. and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. He has contributed to Survivalist Magazine, Backwoods Home, Self Reliance Illustrated, and Survival Quarterly, and has written a chapter

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5 Medical Tips When You’re Off the Map

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Many people who are well prepared in other ways overlook the importance of being able to handle a medical emergency when venturing off the beaten path. Remote areas, especially mountainous ones, can present a challenge. Both weather and distance may make it impossible to leave the area for help. An injury to a limb or an illness could be dangerous and put a person’s first aid skills to the test. Here are five tips

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Wilderness Treatments for Burns

By Rose Cceberio, RN, BSN

Today, if one is out and about camping, hiking, or on a dry run or for real “Bug Out” route, one can encounter a few things alone the wilderness path that can cause bodily harm. Unless you thought of everything and you’re hiking with a 100 lb backpack, even then, anything can happen and you may be fresh out of supplies other than Old Mother Nature

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Dr. Allen shares his thoughts…………

The following comes from a comment posted by Dr. Allen in response to a recent post – Survivalist First Aid Kits: What Do I Need? I appreciate Dr. Allen’s willingness to share his thoughts and expertise. – Rourke

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The postings for a “first aid kit” have been of interest with some of them of concern.

 

Only FYI and substantiation: my training/experience has been rather extensive both in years (13 in training and

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