What to Expect in a Collapse Situation

Medical Preparedness in a Collapse Situation

Hey Preppers,

I’m often asked what types of medical problems will be most common if the you-know-what hits the fan.
The answers depends somewhat on different factors.

What type of environment are you going to be in?
Is it going to be hot? Cold?  For hot weather, you have to make sure there’s plenty of clean water to prevent dehydration.  Is it’s cold, you have to figure out ways to keep warm.  Who are you going to be taking care of?   Middle-aged and older folks have different medical problems than children.  You’ll have to plan a specific healthcare strategy for your environment, patient population and many other factors.

Medical Problems and Crisis Medicine

I ran across a list of medical problems that were most commonly seen by (who I believe to be) a peace corps doctor who spent, all told, 15 months treating patients in a remote location as the sole medical resource for the area.  The list of medical issues that he/she came upon can be found in the following list:

1. Minor musculoskeletal injuries (ankle sprains most common)
2. Upper respiratory tract infections (bronchitis, influenza)
3. Allergic reactions (some serious) and Rashes
4. Minor open wounds
5. Gastroenteritis/Vomiting/Diarrhea and resulting dehydration
6. Contraceptive problems, pregnancy problems
7. Skin infections/Cellulitis
8. Mental health problems
9. Dental problems (you’re not just a medic, you’re the dentist too)
10. Abdominal pain (including appendicitis and gallstones)
11. Lower respiratory infections (pneumonia)
12. Major musculoskeletal injuries (fractures/dislocations)
13. Asthma
14. Ear infections
15. Urinary tract infections
16. Chest pain
17. Heat stroke

18. Burns

Do you know how to treat all of the above?  If not, this is the time for you to start researching and getting that medical knowledge to make sure your family or survival group will stay healthy if things go south.  Many of our shows deal with the issues mentioned, so take the time to listen to a few and get your adult daily recommended dosage of medical knowledge!  It’s an investment in your health, and what could be more important than that?

Dr. Bones

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