Are Bandages Good Past the Expiration Date?

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Nothing made by man will last indefinitely even when it isn’t being used. This is certainly true for medical supplies. There is no drug that will not start to degrade over time and no piece of equipment that will not eventually wear out or rust away. That is easy to understand for those two categories … Read more

Here’s How to Pull Out a Rotten Tooth at Home

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Though the thought of facing the dentist’s chair sets most people’s skin to crawling, it is nonetheless my responsibility to remind you as a prepper that you will not have access to a dentist, most likely, when facing a medical emergency in the middle of an SHTF situation. It has often been said regarding self-sufficiency … Read more

Survival Medicine 101

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by Daniel Skipper It has been two weeks since you bugged out and everything was going good, or as well as you could have hoped given the situation, until you found yourself so sick you could hardly function. It’s at this very point, your survival status went from stable to critical and everything you do … Read more

Video of the Week: Building a Budget Trauma Kit

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 … Read more

Medical Week and Top 5 Medical Items to Put Back Now

Medical preparedness is often discounted and overlooked by preppers. Band aids, cough medicine and bandages are just not as appealing as the latest “tacti-cool” AR or pistol. Regardless, there are many – including me – that believe medical preparedness ranks very high on the list of supplies, and skills, to put back. Thus the reason … Read more

Medical Week: Azithromycin

This article originally appeared over at and can be seen HERE.   In a survival setting, I’ve often discussed the importance of having a way to prevent and treat infections that are often easy to deal with in modern times, but could be life-threatening when you are off the grid. It’s not only important … Read more

….On practical IFAKs

  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 … Read more

Wound Infections

The following post comes courtesy of 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 … Read more

5 Medical Tips When You’re Off the Map

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

Survivalist first aid kits: What do I need?

 In the modern world there are no shortage of threats to our personal freedoms and the society we live in. Terrorist attacks, the threat of nuclear war, global warming, or even far out apocalyptic scenarios that have found their way into the global consciousness. As such, preparation is something we all must consider in case … Read more

Healthcare – a personal experiance

The post below was written by me back in November of 2010. My mother has since passed however it is as relevant today as it was back then due to what I perceive as the degrading of our healthcare system due to Obamacare. What I and many others have experienced in the past is only … Read more

Candida Yeast Infections

 The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.   Candida Yeast Infections by servantheart The subject ain’t pretty…but you need to know this! Skin fungus. We’d like to think we’d never have them. But, the truth is, I currently DO have one. I live in a part of the world … Read more

Creating the Mother of All Efficient Med Collections in Your First Aid Kid

Creating the Mother of All Efficient Med Collections in Your First Aid Kid Frank Nielson is a retired medical researcher who now spends his days writing. Through this writing, he is keen on helping consumers find the best medical supplies at an affordable price. When not stationed behind his well-worn keyboard, Frank loves spending time with … Read more

How to make injectable Lidocaine HCL

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 type … Read more

Help or Hype? Treat Your Cold Naturally

Now that cold and flu season is upon us, people are wondering how they can keep themselves healthy, or get rid of their annoying illness, in a more natural way. Many people avoid cold and flu medicines due to their sleep inducing effects. If you are looking for ways to treat yourself in a more … Read more

Post-SHTF hemorrhoids…….

  People laugh at the word and likely when you read the title you thought to yourself……”What? Is Rourke being serious? Is he really writing about ‘hemorrhoids’ of all things after the SHTF? Is this really on a preparedness website?“ Yes, it is. Nearly 1 in 5 of us will discover the uncomfortable reality that we have hemorrhoids. In … Read more

Save Someone Having A Heart Attack A heart attack (proper name: myocardial infarction) is when the blood supply and therefore the oxygen in the blood is blocked off to one or more parts of the heart. They can occur due to poor heart health, old age, family inherited conditions, extreme stress and many other factors. They appear with symptoms such … Read more

Shoestring Preps with Chronic Heath Problem

  Shoestring Prepping with Chronic Health Problems by Robin   Today’s environment isn’t TEOTWAWKI, yet it may be a personal SHTF for many people. I live on an extremely limited income with chronic health problems. It is very challenging. This article was written on a old laptop rebuilt with Ubuntu when the manufacturer and Microsoft … Read more