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Posts Tagged : medical preparedness

Survival Medicine Hour: Valley Fever, Ebola Update, Sick Rooms

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss the latest with regards to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its potential as the next great pandemic, the hidden epidemic of Valley Fever right here in the USA, and

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Valley Fever

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We travel a lot. A LOT. I can’t imagine the miles we logged as we traveled through the country (and this year, Europe!) speaking to the preparedness community about medical issues.  Well, recently, we returned from Arizona with a peculiar cough and mildly elevated temperatures. Nurse Amy was worse than

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911 Emergency Apps

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This is the 500th post we’ve written related to medical preparedness. It’s interesting that some of the things we discuss in this article, like smartphone apps, were in their infancy when we first began our mission to put a medically self-reliant person in every family. Please accept our thanks for

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Survival Medicine Hour: SURVIVAL! the board game, Ebola, Mudslides

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are excited to announce their new board game, DOOM AND BLOOM’s SURVIVAL!, plus updates on the spreading Ebola outbreak and survival strategies for mudslides.  Our hopes and prayers go to the families of the

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EBOLA: The Next Pandemic?

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EBOLA: THE NEXT PANDEMIC? West Africa is reporting its first epidemic of Ebola virus in the country of Guinea, and it looks like it’s spreading fast.  At least 86 cases and 59 deaths have been attributed to the deadly disease, with cases now being reported in the neighboring countries of

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Mudslide Survival

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With the grim news of at least 14 dead in the mudslide that occurred in the state of Washington, I realized that I had never written about mudslide survival.  This surprised me, as I, myself, could easily be a victim of one.  We’re part-time residents of beautiful Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with

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Wound Infections

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Infected Wounds As a physician, I have on occasion dealt with infected wounds, sometimes from injury and also after surgical procedures. In a survival setting, most wounds will be contaminated with debris, dirt, and bacteria.  Therefore, anyone who will be medically responsible after a disaster occurs may expect to deal

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3 Steps to Achieving Health Goals

Well, it’s March, almost Spring.  Have you kept true to your New Year’s Resolutions?  It’s only been a couple of months, but I’ll bet a lot of those lofty resolutions have hit the dirt; you’re only human, after all. Everyone has made a New Year’s resolution at one point or

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Travel And Survival

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As I write this, we are in Europe. As you might imagine, we’re on the road a lot. As such, we have developed a basic strategy for staying safe and healthy during our travels. You might be surprised to know that this strategy pertains a lot to preparedness. In a survival scenario, you may

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Survival Medicine Hour: The Medic Under Fire, Travel Preparedness

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In a special international episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, discuss the case of a Ukrainian Medic wounded in action and consider the scenario of a survival medic under fire.  Also, while traveling out

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