911 put’s you on hold and EMS ain’t coming. Guess what you are on your own as hospitals are overwhelmed and it’s up to you to do the best you can with what you have on hand. Most injuries will be minor a bandage, perhaps some gauze or tape will take care of them once you clean the area. You might have to splint a broken bone or support a person who is sick with some OTC meds.
This post isn’t about you becoming a doctor, nurse or an EMT. With some supplies and some First aid training you can do quite a bit to help the healing process. Get a good stockpile of bandages, gauze, tape and wraps. You will be able to stop any bleeding and treat small cuts and scratches to keep all infection to a min. The wraps can support joint when strained or used along with a splint for broken bones. Masks and gloves are critical to protect you and the patient from any additional infection. Very cheap to get at dollar stores and they don’t take up much space.
I love dollar stores for all OTC meds, vitamins and minerals. You can buy heat rubs, patches and chemical heat as well as cold packs. Sprain? just pop one of those chemical ice packs to reduce the swelling. I don’t know what your family may need but at dollar stores you can get most OTC meds for everything to treat aches in pains to and upset stomach. Flu and cold items along with allergy sufferers.
This isn’t about teaching you first aid though the SAS survival guide is a great book to have on hand and the US Army has a it’s first aid manual as a free download. “When there is no Doctor” and Dentist is also a free or cheap download via kindle will give you an idea about what you will need for some basic first aid items to have on hand as well as items for supporting an ill person. In a disaster assume all hospitals will be overwhelmed. Have some basic medical supplies to take care of cuts, aches and pains and even minor fractures. Colds, the effects of a change of diet or someone drinking bad water. Support them with care and treat the symptoms.
Some basic items to have on hand:
- Aspirin or Tylenol for aches pains and reducing fevers.
- Pepto-Bismal and Imodium for stomach upset and treating diarrhea.
- Cough syrups and cold medicine
- Benedryl helps with allergic reactions and can be a sleep aid
- Beta-dine and neo-sporin for treating minor cuts and abrasions
- Clove oil and or Oragel for tooth pain.
- Gatorade and Pedi-lyte for a sick person and or child to replace electrolytes. You can also make your own!
The best way to go is to keep yourself healthy and prevent getting sick or hurt in the first place. Take a first aid class to add to your skills and take your time doing stuff. When you don’t have electricity you work physically a lot harder so be aware that you will be using your muscles in a new way and will be sore. Be proactive treating the minor things and get as much rest as possible. Eat and drink plenty of water and keep you life as normal as possible to reduce stress.