Basic first-aid is always a plus to know, but there are some things that you should know that extend beyond the ordinary in a SHTF situation. For most medical tips and tricks, one could contact the local Red Cross for information or even find a reliable and reputable internet source. Reliable internet sources include sources that end in “org” not “com”, sources that are from known healthcare administrators and sources that are not question and answer sites. To put it bluntly, anyone can write and answer or article online, so your best option is to call and actually speak to a professional before instilling the information into your brain.
Closing a Wound
Did you know that hospitals will sometimes opt to glue a wound shut rather than staple or stitch it? In fact, hospitals are using glues more readily these days. Depending on the wound, there are several options that can come in handy when trying to close an open wound. One of the best places to find information on how and when to use sutures, staples or glue is your healthcare provider. While your provider may not want to teach you how to do it, they may be able to give you some basic knowledge on how to know when each practice should be used. Aside from that, it is always helpful to call an expert survivalist teacher or first aid teacher. This may cost a little bit of money, but it can save lives in SHTF scenarios or everyday scenarios.
Knowing CPR is something that most survivalists and preppers consider essential, but there are still many people who may overlook this. If you know how to administer CPR, you are more likely to be able to save your loved one from death than if you do not know what you are doing. Hand placement is important, and knowing when to administer is important. Most high schools, fire stations and police stations either offer classes or have information on where classes are held. When in doubt, stop in and talk to someone in any type of city uniform. Most city officials have some information pertaining to local classes and costs.
Frostbite Detection and Treatment
Frostbite can be extremely dangerous. If you are exposed to cold temperatures for any length of time, you are more likely to experience frostbite. The fact that some of the symptoms of frostbite include symptoms of simply being cold, it is important to know the difference. Numbness, tingling and color change can be giveaways on whether frostbite has occurred. If you believe that you have frostbite, it is important to only begin warming the area when you know that you will not be exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time. In all honesty, the best place to find ample amounts of information on frostbite signs, symptoms and treatments is online. By visiting a reliable site, you will be able to get all the information you may need pertaining to frostbite.
Caring for Burns
While 3rd degree burns will need more care than basic burns, it is still imperative that you know how to care for burned areas. In order to avoid infection of less severe burns, one should know how to properly wrap the area, what ointments to use and when ointments and medications are necessary. The best place to get this kind of information is your local hospital. Most hospitals will have classes or seminars on how to temporarily treat an affected area, but some other options may include fire departments, police stations, colleges and public schools.
The most important thing to remember is that there is no such thing as knowing too much first aid. Anything that you can possible learn even the basics for could save your life or your loved one’s life. If you have spare time, put the remote control down and read a basic medical or first aid book. If you are unsure about something, ask your local EMT, police officer, fireman, Red Cross representative or anyone else who may know. Even friends or family members who have experience in the medical field can help with basic first aid knowledge, and those are the ones who will generally teach you for free.