Hospitals and medical centers in an emergency

My mother was recently rushed to the hospital in an ambulance due to a severe case of pneumonia. She is 80 years old and for awhile there – there was a question as to if she would make it. She is back at home now and doing better. I really appreciate the kind words that I recieved from many of you.

While in the Emergency Room – I was astounded by the collection of people there with a multitude or problems – some serious, some not so. The waiting room was absolutely packed and there were people actually sitting on the floor in the halls. I do not make it a habit to go to the hospital – but the lack of efficiency was astounding. Now – before doctors and nurses start emailing me and leaving negative comments – I am not placing blame here on the hospital. This post really is not meant to discuss the “why’s” – but to point out the problem.

The evening that my mom went to the hospital was just like any other evening. As I sat in the ER waiting room looking at sick babies, sick elderly people, as well as people that just had a cough – I thought to myself that if there was any kind of mass disaster – there would be lines going out the door and no way for any medical center to respond as needed. I have every intention of staying away from any medical facility if TSHTF. I am hoping to develop a relationship with someone in the medical treatment field – a nurse or doctor – to possibly include in a survival group. After this most recent experience – I see this being important more now than ever before.

Maybe my wife would be wiling to go to nursing school.


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  1. If the budget’s tight, I’d start with PDF downloads of the Army’s 68W manuals, and associated texts it puts out for that MOS (medic). In a serious disaster, if a person’s condition is so grave it can’t be taken care of by the level of training, I’d think the odds of survival are very small. Surgical suites will be overwhelmed, so only a very lucky few will get that level of intervention. Note: I’m one of those 68Ws, and while it doesn’t make you a doc be any means, it will enable to address a lot of problems before they become life-threatening.

  2. I am with you. Getting to know someone or getting together with someone in the family that is a nurse or a doctor is going to be a vital part of being prepared. I personally know two different people that were nurses that no longer work in the industry. They are going to be a big part of my prep planning. One of them actually helped me put my home first aid kit together. I have quite a bit of medical training because of my special forces training but I am by no means a qualified nurse or doctor. My experience in primarily combat field medical.

  3. I’m a SAHM and will be returning to homeschooling my children next year and, as such, I don’t have plans to return to the job market anytime soon. However, I have a few educational benefits that I could use towards a 3rd degree (I have a degree in Meteorological Sciences and one in Human Resources, so useless in a SHTF scenario). I’m also only a few credits shy of a degree in Education (had intended to teach High School English a very very very long time ago).

    Considering my current lifestyle however, I’ve been trying to come up with a better use for those education benefits, one that would be useful in a SHTF situation as well as marketable if I ever decided to return to working. I had, for a while, thought I could use them for some sort of medical training since I don’t know much about medicine (outside of my limited military first responder training) but I have found (sadly, first hand) that I handle crisis very well. However, I have a terrible problem with blood. Trauma, crisis management, etc, no problem, two drops of blood and I sometimes can faint right away! It’s ridiculous and after 30+ years I still can’t shake it!

    So I thought perhaps instead I could put my benefits towards some sort of agricultural program that would teach me homesteading skills that I definitely lack. Not sure, still undecided. Wow, totally rambling now. All I really meant to say when I started typing was that I recognize and respect your desire to have someone with medical skills and I, too, would definitely stay away from hospitals in a SHTF situation. I’m one of those “I want to learn everything” kind of people but I think when it comes to real medical know-how, I might have to find someone else to fill that spot.

  4. I have selected the place I live for numerous reasons but one of the primary reasons is low population and good medical facillities. Other reasons range from available water, climate/growing season, availability of wood for fuel, large areas of public lands, low state and region population, etc. All things to think about well before you need them. Not perfect, I had to accept higher taxes, liberal govt., declining economy, etc.

  5. Nursing is a great field, however nurses are limited to what they can do. Paramedics on the otherhand are trained to do needle cricothryrotomies to deliver babies and everything in between including truama. So in the same amount of time it would take to obtain either (well nursing takes tad bit longer going from LPN to RN) I feel one could be better trained as a Paramedic.

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