The Group Medic: Not A One-Trick Pony…

Hey Preppers,
If you read my blog, you have probably decided to be the person that will take responsibility for the medical well-being of your loved ones in a collapse.  As a card-carrying member of the Prepper Medical Corps, you have chosen to pick up the flag and work towards being an effective caregiver in times of trouble.  But what are your duties, corpsman?  You’re not just a one-trick pony; there’s a lot of aspects of survival that you will be in charge of.  
It goes without saying that you’re the Chief Medical Officer, but there’s more to it that that. Here’s some of the rest of your job description:

Medical Preparedness: Your Job Descriptions

Chief sanitation officer:   It will be your duty to make sure that sanitary conditions at your camp or retreat don’t cause the spread of disease among the members.  This will be a major issue in a collapse situation, and will cause the most medical issues in any survival group.  Some of your responsibilities will relate to latrine placement and construction, others will relate to appropriate filtering and sterilization of water and cleaning of food, others to maintaining personal and group hygiene.  In areas of extreme climate, it is important to ensure that all members have adequate shelter.  Careful attention to these details will be part of a preventative program that will keep your survival community healthy.
 

Chief dental officer:   Medical personnel in wartime or in remote locations report that patients arriving at Sick Call complained of dental problems as much as medical problems.  Anyone who has had a bad toothache knows that it affects concentration and, certainly, work efficiency.  You will need to know how to deal with dental issues if you are going to be an effective medic.

Medical Preparedness:  Counseling and Logistics

Chief counselor:  It goes without saying that any societal collapse would wreak havoc with peoples’ mindsets.   You will have to know how to deal with depression and anxiety as well as cuts and broken bones.  You will have to sharpen your communication skills as much as your medical skills.  A good healthcare provider also understands the importance of confidentiality in all their patient contacts.
Medical quartermaster:  You’ve done your job and accumulated medical supplies, but when do you break them out and use them?   When will you dispense your limited supply of antibiotics, for example? In a collapse situation, these items will no longer be produced, due to the complexity of their manufacture. Careful monitoring of supply stock and usage will give you an idea of your readiness to handle unexpected medical emergencies.
Medical education resource:  You can’t be in two places at once, and you will have to make sure that those in your group have some basic medical knowledge. It’s important that they can take care of injuries or illness while you’re away.  Also, providing some basic education in preventing injuries and decreasing the chance of infectious disease will give you a head start towards having a healthy survival community.
These responsibilities may be modified somewhat by the makeup of your group.  If you have a pastor or other clergy in your group, they can take some of the burden of psychological counseling away from you.  If you have someone skilled in engineering, water treatment, or waste disposal, they might be able to use their knowledge to help maintain sanitary conditions at the retreat, or assure healthy filtered water.
Now that you know what you’ll be expected to handle, get moving and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to keep your people in good shape.  You’ve got the intelligence; a little time, energy, and motivation, and you’re on your way.
Dr. Bones
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