Poleshift First Aid Knowledge and Prep

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Something we will all face during the pole shift is the prospect of injury to ourselves or those around us. Whether we choose to help or not is part of our school house choices (as per the Zeta's). So here are some links that may be helpful in recognizing common things that happen with such a violent event (Please note that this is just a reference guide and people can place any help advice they have here as well)

Immediate aftermath

 

Gangrene

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004484/

 

Blood Loss - Internal

http://www.firstaidanywhere.com/internal-bleeding.html

 

Blood Loss – External

http://www.survival-center.com/firstaid/bleed.htm

 

Head Trauma (included Concussions)

http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/head_injury....

 

Broken Bones

http://firstaid.webmd.com/broken-arm-treatment

 

http://www.firstaidanywhere.com/first-aid-for-fractures.html

 

Dislocated Bones

http://www.lpch.org/DiseaseHealthInfo/HealthLibrary/orthopaedics/di...

 

Sprains and Muscle Strains

http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00111

 

Bruises

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bruises-art...

 

Stitches

http://www.instructables.com/id/Stich-Yourself-Shut-Sugery-at-home/

 

If you have to do any medical practice requiring stitches etc… FIRE is your best friend. It is a universal sanitizer for instruments. Also saline water* is also a great thing to have on hand (if Salt is readily available)

 

*Remember that the water needs to be boiled etc… to ensure that it is clean!!

 

And even in the aftertime, we will need to be on the watch for things that may develop in people

 

Things to be on the watch for:

 

Hypothermia

http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/safety/hypocold.shtml

 

Heat Exhaustion

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/heat-exhaustion-000075.htm

 

Dehydration

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001977/

 

Diarrhea

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/diarrhea/

 

TB

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis

 

Malaria

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001646/

 

Dengue

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dengue_fever

 

Giardiasis (or Beaver Fever as it’s commonly known)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giardiasis

 

Medical Kit Prep

I would recommend that you get yourself some non-toxic fishing wire and a fish hook for possible stitches that need to be done on a person with a deeper cut.

http://www.equipped.com/medical.htm

 

 Here is other information that will be useful as well from Zetatalk and from other contributers to this NING:

Zetatalk

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/survival-motivation

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/aftertime-food-production 

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/zeta-movie-part-2-b-the-ca... 

 

 

NING Blogs

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/nancys-motherload-of-survival 

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/urban-and-wilderness-survival 

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/my-very-basic-pole-shift 

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/when-the-pole-shift-occurs 

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/a-message-from-the-hope-el... 

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/survival-preparation-medic... 

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/report-on-survival-prepara...

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Chris on February 8, 2013 at 12:37pm

1. You should have something for suturing to close wounds that shouldn’t be left alone to heal. For dog or animal bites the wound should be left open and not sutured due to high rate of infection. Instead the wound should be cleaned and dressed daily. There are options on Ebay for purchasing, search surgical sutures (on US Ebay). Generally you want non-absorbable sutures 3/0 or 4/0 for larger or more serious injuries and absorbable for something delicate like on the face. Generally around $25-30 (including shipping) for 12 individually sealed satchels with the needle and thread. To use the sutures you will require the suturing forceps which can be bought in a suture pack with other tools for around $16. There are many videos on “how to suturing” on youtube and the basic method is the simplest to learn and one should try to remember how to do it.

2. Buy 500ml Betadine Iodine solution. I bought several bottles around $13 each, though you could find it cheaper. This is a top notch surgical disinfectant that is usually non-irritant and can be transferred into multiple little wash bottles and put into survival kits for a quick access anti-biotic treatment at all times. It can be used to clean areas before surgery, when bandaging, or for continued wound treatment. I couldn’t find this on Ebay but you might have luck at a chemist around you.

3. The next thing that would be valuable would be fish anti-biotics. In the US you can purchase this easily from Ebay with the same active ingredient (say 500mg amoxicillin) they give to people in regular anti-biotics. Get a good amount of this if you can as it’s usually pretty cheap (unfortunately not an option for me, they don’t sell it in Aus) and could be very important later.

4. Vitamin C powder – You can purchase up to kilograms of this on Ebay and it can be used to treat snakebite. While it’s not accepted professionally many people have had personal success with treating their pets from snake bite in Aus (some of the worst snakes). Considering the difficulty of obtaining anti-venom as it’s not sold to public and is around $900 per injection, and the low success rate for animals anyway who often require multiple injections, definitely have some Vitamin C powder if snake bite is likely in your area. It can also be used for other bites or stings including spider and other infections.  It can be injected near the bite, swallowed or projected with a plastic syringe to squirt into a dog or other animal’s mouth after mixing with water. A sachet of powder in your medical kit of around 250g for multiple treatments with a cup and plastic syringe (few actual syringes encase subject cannot swallow). Dosages aren’t an exact thing, but around 15g initially and 10g the next hour, then 5g an hour or two later and keep that up for awhile (for dogs), with smaller dosages regularly for the next few days until recovery (total treatment around 60g for large dog).  For people you can buy Vitamin C tablets in 500mg or 1000mg and can eat a large amount of them if bitten (powder is cheaper and can be consumed with water). Vitamin C is not harmful on the body, there is possibility of diarrhea but no real need to worry about overdosing side effects, it’s better to take more but do take it consecutively over time.

5. High dose vitamin and mineral supplements. If someone is being treated for something serious and they’re recovering they could be very run down and need extra sources of nutrients as food may not be in a good situation and even if it is you may still be deficient in key minerals. There’s a lot of information about how having low mineral and vitamin levels leads to disease and a weakened immune system. Try to find high performance or high dosage Vitamins. A good cost/benefit option I have found is Cenovis Mens daily in AUS($11-19 for 120 servings), but compare with that and find one you like with as high mineral/vitamin levels as you can at a reasonable price.

6. Military bandages. Search in Ebay. They have a plastic tightener so you can apply pressure to the wound to stop bleeding; they are sterile and take up little room which is good if you’re on the move while they can still be used for large injuries. They generally cost around $8-10 per bandage. If you need to stop gunshot bleeding or large lacerations they are very effective.

If you want to put loose items like pills into your first aid kit that might be in a bag for each person you can use film canisters. You should have nail cutters, tweezers. A large supply of paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen would also be good (usually very cheap when buying a cheap brand).  Be sure to recycle older products in your first aid kit as time progresses. These can all be obtained without prescription and most can be obtained through Ebay if you cannot find any local sellers. These are some of the things I think would be useful and are things that I have bought, hope it might help.

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