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Dealing With Serious Medical Problems In Survival Situations

September 15, 2011 by  

Dehydration is one of the greatest dangers to people in survival situations, especially in the summer in warmer climates. While working to overcome a new hardship, it’s easy for someone to overexert and become overheated. And in survival situations, people can easily be exposed to contaminated water or improperly prepared or spoiled food, which could cause diarrhea or vomiting.

Of course, the easiest way for a healthy person to avoid dehydration is to drink plenty of liquids before and during strenuous activities. But severe diarrhea can also cause dehydration, so you should be prepared to deal with this deadly condition.

The young and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration. The young are more susceptible because they don’t know how to properly hydrate themselves, and, when sick, often refuse food or drink. The elderly are susceptible because they don’t drink as much as younger people, have reduced kidney function, suffer incontinence or simply have difficulty going to relieve themselves because of pain or infirmity.

Look for these signs if you suspect a person is dehydrated:

  • Thirsty.
  • Dry mouth or sticky saliva.
  • Dry skin.
  • Skin flushing.
  • Dark-colored urine.
  • Fatigue or weakness.
  • Chills.
  • Head rushes.

A person showing these signs is in the early stages of dehydration and has lost about 2 percent of his total body fluids. This person should be kept in a cool area away from the sun, if possible. He should be given plenty of non-caffeinated fluids (preferably water or a sports drink). The fluids should be taken in small sips.

In more severe cases of dehydration a person may experience:

  • Increased heart rate.
  • Increased respiration.
  • Decreased sweating.
  • Decreased urination.
  • Increased body temperature.
  • Extreme fatigue.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Headaches.
  • Nausea.
  • Tingling of the limbs.

A person experiencing dehydration this severe should receive IV fluids to quickly replenish the electrolytes that are lost, and every effort should be made to get the person still, quiet and cool. If an IV is not available, sports drinks or Pedialyte® should be given, again, taken in small sips. Sports drinks and Pedialyte® are better than water because they contain electrolytes. Electrolytes are important because their loss can interfere with the chemical reactions needed for healthy cell operation. If no sports drinks are available, slowly administer water and, once symptoms have subsided, give the patient a salty snack or light meal.

 

 

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • http://BobLivingston Ms Nike Newton

    It has been proven that Humans should not go without water for more than three days. However I wonder how long Humans can go without food. I feel that converts in churches need to be monitored so that they are not fanatics of fasting and praying. The best way to purify water is to pasteurize either in a laboratory or by simply boiling with a Neo Kettle. On a large scale, water can be purified by adding Milton tablets. Water in swimming schools can be purified by adding chlorine and household water by adding fluorine. If in doubt buy Perrier or Evian. Ms Nike Newton.

    • Song

      The assertion that jumped out at me from your post Ms Mike Newton is that converts to church should be monitored so that they are not fasting too much. Good grief. Seriously? Do you not believe in freedom of choice, even if it is to an individual’s detriment?

    • http://11phenomenon.com Gene L

      What are the limits before praying and fasting becomes fanatical? Who decides that and who is to do the monitoring? Not sure what this has to do with survival, although having some practice going without is probably a good thing and, when all else fails, I don’t know why someone would not say some prayers.

  • Wendy

    I really wish I could jump on the healthier eating bandwagon so I wouldn’t need to worry about medications to help my heart, but there it is, a victim of loving junk food. One thing I feel is a problem for those who go solar, thinking this will help them in disasters of all kinds, and keep meds cool or medical devices in use. We stand a very good chance of having one of our lovely super volcanoes erupting, and the dust cloud will block almost all sun for an extremely long time, rendering any solar thing useless. I’ve come to hate Yellowstone Park… but in many of these extreme scenarios so many of us would be dead, die from exposure or shock or stress , or from our health problems,that I would hope there would be medical supplies left for those who make it thru any initial chaos.Nuclear disasters, from earthquakes wrecking the plants, would leave everyone dead in a short time, so serious medical issues would be the least of our worries.

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