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Preparing For Life Without Doctors

July 21, 2011 by  

In the event of a widespread breakdown of the system, getting proper medical care will prove difficult, if not impossible. With the system unable to guarantee proper care, it’s up to each individual to take the steps necessary to ensure adequate care for himself and his family. To do this, one should begin by creating a medical supply kit.

The kit should be sufficiently stocked to handle a short-duration medical emergency — say three days to a week. You should prepare it with the mind-set that in the event of a major crisis, you are going to be on your own in dealing with any medical emergencies.

The New York City Fire Department recommends you have the following in your first aid kit for immediate response to injury:

  • Acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin tablets: for headaches, pain, fever and simple sprains or strains. (Aspirin should not be used for relief of flu symptoms or given to children.)
  • Ipecac syrup and activated charcoal: for treatment after ingestion of certain poisons.
  • Anti-bacterial soap.
  • Elastic wrap: for wrapping wrist, ankle, knee and elbow injuries.
  • Triangular bandages: for wrapping injuries and making an arm sling.
  • Scissors with rounded tips.
  • Adhesive tape and 2-inch gauze: for dressing wounds.
  • Disposable, instant ice bags: for icing injuries and treating high fevers.
  • Bandages of assorted sizes: for covering minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Antibiotic ointment: for minor burns, cuts and scrapes.
  • Gauze in rolls and in 2-inch and 4-inch pads: for dressing wounds.
  • Bandage Closures—one-fourth-inch and 1-inch: for taping cut edges together.
  • Tweezers: to remove small splinters and ticks.
  • Safety pins: to fasten bandages.
  • Sterile gloves: to protect yourself and reduce the risk of infection when treating open wounds.
  • Thermometer: be sure to include a rectal or tympanic for children.
  • Lidocaine: local anesthetic.
  • Antihistamine.
  • First Aid Manual.

These items should help you deal with the most common emergencies in the short-term. However, accidents happen, and the likelihood of serious accidents increases in periods of crisis.

Therefore, in order to be properly prepared for a long-term emergency, it would be a good idea to take a first aid course like that offered by the American Red Cross or a college first-responder course. In addition to helping train you to remain cool during a medical emergency, such a course would help you understand basic anatomy and provide an expansion of your ability to deal with a healthcare emergency.

Following completion of such a course, your emergency medical kit would need to be expanded as well. This will provide you with the equipment needed to help you put your increased knowledge to work. In addition to the small-kit items, your long-term medical emergency kit should contain:

  • A medical dictionary and a basic medical textbook.
  • Large gauze dressings.
  • Small gauze squares.
  • Petroleum gauze.
  • Plastic bags.
  • Elastoplast dressing.
  • Tincture of Benzoin.
  • Tincture of Iodine.
  • Safety pins.
  • Cotton-tipped swabs.
  • Oropharyngeal airways.
  • Resuscitation face mask with one-way valve.
  • Blood pressure cuff.
  • Stethoscope.
  • Otoscope.
  • Small flashlight.
  • Space blanket.
  • Air splints.
  • Plaster of Paris (or fiberglass) roller bandages.
  • Pregnancy test kits.
  • Sterile and unsterile latex gloves.
  • Scrub suits.
  • Eye patches.
  • Suture materials and needles.
  • Snake bite kit.
  • Antibiotic ear drops.
  • Antibiotic cream: Neosporin or something similar.

You may also want to consider compiling a surgical kit. This should contain:

  • Mayo and Metzenbaum scissors.
  • Dissecting forceps.
  • Small curved clamps.
  • Large curved clamps.
  • Disposable scalpels.
  • Emergency obstetric kit.
  • Lift out forceps.
  • Small bone saw.

Most of these items can be purchased at one or more of several places. Some are available at your local pharmacy or discount store, while others are available from medical supply stores. Almost everything on the list can be purchased online from various outlets. A Google search is a simple way to find items not readily available at the pharmacy or supply store.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 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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  • oldbill

    What happens when the supplies run out and there is no medical system?

    I have a good store of supplies and recommend it for anyone who is concerned about survival. But supplies are temporary.

    I have recently completed diploma courses: Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Alternative Medicine Consultant. These give the basic understanding of both conventional and alternative medicine. The total cost of these homestudy courses was about $2,000. That’s less than my investment in ammunition and ammunition producing components and equipment.

  • Brian

    What about prescription meds? Is there a way to stock up on prescriptions without having to skip taking your meds?

  • Arecee

    One thing I believe we should start doing is looking to herbs to replace prescriptions. All prescriptions are replicas of what is found in nature but with nature there aren’t the same side effects. Start looking now while you still have the chance to change things.
    For instance, White Willow Bark is the original aspirin, red yeast rice is good for keeping down cholesterol, etc. If you can’t stop taking meds, see if you can get three month supplies at one time. A lot of places are doing that now and it is more cost effective.

    • http://WND Wylie

      For the last 30+ years I’ve considered myself a novice herbalist so i’ll tell how I got started. Anyone wanting to get into herbs should pick one condition that needs to be treated, such as high cholesterol, and read everything available on herbs and/or natural remedies to treat it. Then start trying the herbs or natural remedies that can be grown locally or in the back yard. Start using it and while there’s still time, see if the condition improves. Herbs are sometimes slow to work–there’s little to none of the “30 minutes to relief” that comes with prescription or over-the-counter drugs–so don’t be in a hurry. Take one herb at a time unless there is a reliable guide to blending herbs. Lemon balm and peppermint leaves make a tremendously relaxing tea that relieves aching and sore muscles but separately, they perform quite differently. Be careful and DON’T TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING unless it’s to another herbalist. Like guns and ammo, herbal medicine has to be classified as our little secret.

  • A. Cohen

    Are you kidding?? More people will be in trouble than before. Many are not interested in studying medicine or emergency care….to replace a healthcare professional….I’m an R.N. and just can’t see the general public getting advanced care supplies they’ve never had instruction in, never mind the basics!

  • A. Cohen

    Having said the above, I do like the kits…

  • A. Cohen

    Alternative medicine is good; however, many of the medicinal aids do take a while to work…and it’s a field that is involved in extensive knowledge as well. How many of us can say we’re knowledgable?

  • Boris the CCRN

    I would also suggest pure, RAW honey- which can prevent infection in almost any type of wound. and no, the grocery store kind that has been heat treated is not acceptable.

  • Big Mike

    Stockpile all antibiotics and note what they are used for. Some antibiotics can be bought at a farm supply in already mixed or powder form to be mixed with sterile water, syringes and needles for administering the medicine. Not many people at all will have medical training but rather than letting a loved one just die it would be better to try and save them then not to try.Manuals on field medical treatment and emergency trauma treatment would be very handy. Supplies for stitches are a good idea too. take a course at your local community college for disaster preparedness, first aid or even better Emergency Medical Responder/EMR will help your knowledge of different types of emergency care.

  • s c

    It may be a gradual process, and it may turn out to be an overnight stoppage of medical services. You can be sure the useful idiots in Washington will have a way to get treatment.
    It’s no accident that many MDs are thinking about early retirement. When Obummer’s healthcare scam goes into effect, it will be a matter of a) the ‘elite’ getting what they need and b) the rest of us might as well not exist. Then will Obummer’s jockstraps realize what they’ve created in the name of transparency and transformation?

  • FreedomFighter

    Dont forget the:

    Potassium Iodide

    may save some lives.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi


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