Surviving a Fire in a Burning Building

How often do you factor in fire when preparing for trouble? It’s worth consideration.

Buildings can be set on fire by rioters, lightning strikes, electrical shortages, or accidents. Situational awareness on your part could be the key which saves your life in a building that’s on fire.

Joe Alton, MD of DoomAndBloom.net has produced a video discussing some tragic building fires, especially in public venues. He examines what happens in a fire, how fire behaves, and what you can do to increase your chances of surviving the conflagration.

You won’t be dazzled by fancy graphics in this video, but in about 8 minutes, you’ll know what you need to know to stay alive when a fire breaks out.

 

 

Find out more about house fires, wildfires, burns, and much more in Joe and Amy Alton’s Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way.

 

Treating and Preventing Hypothermia

Editor’s Note: Cold weather isn’t anything to take lightly. Temperatures don’t have to get very low outside before you start feeling their impact.

Knowing how to treat and prevent hypothermia could save someone’s life–maybe your own. You could find yourself out in the cold outdoors on a camping or hunting trip, get stranded in your car in winter weather, or you might lose power at home from a snow or ice storm. Whatever the situation, take note of the guidance Dr. Joe Alton of DoomAndBloom.net offers in the following article. – John

 

Dang, It’s Cold! Treating and Preventing Hypothermia

 

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This winter has already seen deadly cold snaps where people have found themselves at the mercy of the elements. Whether it’s on a wilderness hike or stranded in a car on a snow-covered highway, the physical effects of exposure to cold (also called “hypothermia”) can be life-threatening.

Hypothermia is a condition in which body core temperature drops below the temperature necessary for normal body function and metabolism. Normally, the body core is between 97.5-99.5 degrees Fahrenheit (36.0-37.5 degrees Celsius). Cold-related illness occurs once the core temperature dips below 95 degrees (35 degrees Celsius).

When it is exposed to cold, the body kicks into action to produce heat. Muscles shiver to produce heat, and this will be the first symptom you’re likely to see. As hypothermia worsens, more symptoms will become apparent if the patient is not warmed.

Aside from shivering, the most noticeable symptoms of hypothermia will be related to mental status. The person may appear confused, uncoordinated, and lethargic. As the condition worsens, speech may become slurred; the patient will appear apathetic, uninterested in helping themselves, and may lose consciousness. These effects occur due to the effect of cooling temperatures on the brain: The colder the body core gets, the slower the brain works. Brain function is supposed to cease at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit, although there have been exceptional cases where people (usually children) survived even lower temperatures.

Prevention of Hypothermia

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To prevent hypothermia, you must anticipate the climate that you will be traveling through; include windy and wet weather into your calculations. Condition yourself physically to be fit for the challenge. Travel with a partner if at all possible, and have more than enough food and water available for the entire trip.

It may be useful to remember the simple acronym C.O.L.D. This stands for: Cover, Overexertion, Layering, and Dry.

Cover. Your head has a significant surface area, so prevent heat loss by wearing a hat. Instead of using gloves to cover your hands, use mittens. Mittens are more helpful than gloves because they keep your fingers in contact with one another, conserving heat.

Overexertion. Avoid activities that cause you to sweat a lot. Cold weather causes you to lose body heat quickly; wet, sweaty clothing accelerates the process. Rest when necessary; use those rest periods to self-assess for cold-related changes. Pay careful attention to the status of the elderly and the very young. Diabetics are also at high risk.

Layering. Loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in layers trap pockets of warm air and do the best job of insulating you against the cold. Use tightly woven, water-repellent material for wind protection. Wool or silk inner layers hold body heat better than cotton does. Some synthetic materials, like Gore-Tex, work well also. Especially cover the head, neck, hands and feet.

Dry. Keep as dry as you can. Get out of wet clothing as soon as possible. It’s very easy for snow to get into gloves and boots, so pay particular attention to your hands and feet.

 

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Pet the Dog, Skip the Booze

 

One cold-weather issue that most people don’t take into account is the use of alcohol. Alcohol may give you a “warm” feeling, but it actually causes your blood vessels to expand; this results in more rapid heat loss from the surface of your body.

Alcohol and recreational drugs also cause impaired judgment. Those under the influence might choose clothing that might not protect them in cold weather.

Treating Hypothermia

If you encounter a person who is unconscious, confused, or lethargic in cold weather, assume they are hypothermic until proven otherwise. Immediate action must be taken to reverse the ill effects of hypothermia. Important measures to take are:

Get the person out of the cold. Move them into a warm, dry area as soon as possible. If you’re unable to move the person out of the cold, be sure to place a barrier between them, the wind, and the cold ground.

Monitor breathing. A person with severe hypothermia may be unconscious. Verify that they are breathing and check for a pulse. Begin CPR if necessary.

Take off wet clothing. If the person is wearing wet clothing, remove gently. Cover the victim with layers of dry blankets, including the head, but leave the face clear.

Share body heat. To warm the person’s body, remove your clothing and lie next to the person, making skin-to-skin contact. Then cover both of your bodies with blankets. Some people may cringe at this controversial notion, but it’s important to remember that you are trying to save a life. Gentle massage or rubbing may be helpful. Avoid being too vigorous.

Give warm oral fluids if awake and alert. If, and only if, the affected person is alert and able to swallow, provide a warm, nonalcoholic, non-caffeinated beverage to help warm the body. Coffee’s out, but how about some warm apple cider?

Use warm, dry compresses. Use a first-aid warm compress (a fluid-filled bag that warms up when squeezed), or a makeshift compress of warm, not hot, water in a plastic bottle. Apply to the neck, armpit, and groin. Due to major blood vessels that run close to the skin in these areas, heat will more efficiently travel to the body core.

Avoid applying direct heat. Don’t use hot water, a heating pad or a heating lamp directly on the victim. The extreme heat can damage the skin, cause strain on the heart, or even lead to cardiac arrest.

 

Joe Alton, MDAuthorJoe

 

Find out more about cold-related injuries in our Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook, now at 700 pages! Also, fill those holes in your medical supplies at Nurse Amy’s store at store.doomandbloom.net. You’ll be glad you did.

 

A Doctor Gives Guidance on Storing Medications

Storing medications properly now means they’ll be more effective and last longer. You’ll find the video below of interest, whether you want to take care of your medicines today or you’re setting medications aside in anticipation of future difficulties.

Joe Alton of DoomAndBloom.net, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Bones, shares the following information as a public service to help you and me. Watch the video to glean his advice.

 

 

You might also like Dr. Alton’s article entitled Straight Talk About Expiration Dates.

Joe Alton and his wife Amy are coauthors of The Survival Medicine Handbook, and Joe is the author of The Zika Virus Handbook.

In addition to that, the Altons are creators of the Doom and Bloom SURVIVAL! Board Game.

 

Fish Antibiotics – Will You Still be Able to Get Them?

Editor’s Note:Joe Alton, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Bones of DoomAndBloom.net, is a long time proponent of stocking up on fish antibiotics for the survival medicine kit. But will government regulation make them difficult to get?

Here’s his latest info on this topic, reproduced here with permission. – John

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The Future of Fish Antibiotics in Survival?

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Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)

As the first physician to write, years ago, about aquarium and avian antibiotics as a survival tool, I’ve long realized their utility in preventing unnecessary deaths in true survival scenarios (in normal times, seek modern and standard medical care). Lately, I’ve received a lot of mail asking about the upcoming FDA Veterinary Feed Directive. Does it mean the end of the availability of fish and bird meds for placement in disaster medical storage?

To understand what the Veterinary Feed Directive is and what it means for the preparedness community, we should first describe the problem that the Directive aims to correct: Antibiotic resistance. There is an epidemic of antibiotic resistance in this country, and it exists, not because of pet bird or fish antibiotic use, not because “preppers” might put them in a disaster medical kit, nor even primarily from the overuse by physicians. It is due to the excessive use of antibiotics on livestock. About 80% of antibiotics used in the United States are given to food-producing animals.

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The definition of a “Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug”, according to section 504 of the FD&C Act (21 USC 354) states that it is “[a] drug intended for use in or on animal feed. The CDC’s goal #1 of decreasing the emergence of antibiotic resistance and preventing the spread of resistant infections has three objectives (see page 33):

1 -“Implement public health programs and reporting policies that advance antibiotic resistance prevention and foster antibiotic stewardship in healthcare settings and the community. “

2 -“Eliminate the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion in animals and bring other in-feed uses of antibiotics, for treatment and disease control and prevention of disease, under veterinary oversight. “

3 –“Identify and implement measures to foster stewardship of antibiotics in animals.”

As you can see, 2 of 3 of the above relate specifically to animals. Why are so many antibiotics given to livestock? It’s not, primarily, to treat infections that they may have. It’s actually because, for reasons that aren’t completely clear, it seems to speed their growth and gets them to market sooner. In other words, the profit motive. This is standard practice here in the U.S., but some countries, like Denmark, have banned the use of antibiotics on livestock unless they need them to treat disease.

The FDA and CDC are concerned about the excessive use of antibiotics in general and, in particular, on the animals that produce our food. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden mentioned some months ago that an increased “stewardship” (in other words, control) of these meds was indicated to decrease the development of antibiotic resistance. The Veterinary Feed Directive is part of that response.

What are the drugs affected by the Veterinary Feed Directive? Here they are:

Established drug name Examples of proprietary drug name(s)
chlortetracycline Aureomycin, Aureomycyn, Chlora-Cycline, Chloronex, Chlortetracycline, Chlortetracycline Bisulfate, Chlortet-Soluble-O, CTC, Fermycin, Pennchlor
erythromycin Gallimycin
gentamicin Garacin, Gen-Gard, GentaMed, Gentocin, Gentoral
lincomycin Linco, Lincomed, Lincomix, Lincomycin, Lincomycin Hydrochloride, Lincosol, Linxmed-SP
lincomycin/spectinomycin Lincomycin S, Lincomycin-Spectinomycin, L-S, SpecLinx
neomycin Biosol Liquid, Neo, Neomed, Neomix, Neomycin, Neomycin Liquid, Neomycin Sulfate, Neo-Sol, Neosol, Neosol-Oral, Neovet
oxytetracycline Agrimycin, Citratet, Medamycin, Oxymarine, Oxymycin, Oxy-Sol, Oxytet, Oxytetracycline, Oxytetracycline HCL, Oxy WS, Pennox, Terramycin, Terra-Vet, Tetravet-CA, Tetroxy, Tetroxy Aquatic, Tetroxy HCA
penicillin Han-Pen, Penaqua Sol-G, Penicillin G Potassium, R-Pen, Solu-Pen
spectinomycin Spectam
sulfadimethoxine Agribon, Albon, Di-Methox, SDM, Sulfabiotic, Sulfadimethoxine, Sulfadived, Sulfamed-G, Sulforal, Sulfasol
sulfamethazine SMZ-Med, Sulfa, Sulmet
sulfaquinoxaline S.Q. Solution, Sulfa-Nox, Sulfaquinoxaline Sodium, Sulfaquinoxaline Solubilized, Sul-Q-Nox, Sulquin
tetracycline Duramycin, Polyotic, Solu/Tet, Solu-Tet, Supercycline, Terra-Vet, Tet, Tetra-Bac, Tetracycline, Tetracycline Hydrochloride, Tetramed, Tetra-Sal, Tetrasol, Tet-Sol, TC Vet

“Note: apramycin, carbomycin/oxytetracycline*, chlortetracycline/sulfamethazine*, streptomycin, sulfachloropyrazine, sulfachlorpyridazine, and sulfamerazine/sulfamethazine/sulfaquinoxaline * are expected to transition to Rx status, but are not marketed at this time. If they return to the market after January 1, 2017, they will require a prescription from a veterinarian.”

If you look at the list above, you’ll see no mention of the common aquarium/avian antibiotics used in the pet industry. Fish-Mox (Amoxicillin) is not included in the list. Neither is doxycycline, metronidazole, nor others that I’ve recommended for disaster storage. Some first-generation drugs, like Penicillin and Tetracycline, are mentioned but not any of the proprietary names related to the ornamental trade. That doesn’t mean that they might not include them at some point. As the earliest antibiotics, they have been subject to significant resistance, and might not be the best choices for survival storage in any case.

At present, Thomas Labs, one of the largest distributors of fish and bird antibiotics for the pet trade, has not visibly changed any of its policies regarding sale of these products. Their labeling clearly states “Not for Human Use”, and many sites that sell their products include this statement:

“…Thomas Labs sources it’s (sic) antibiotics from the same USP grade manufacturing as antibiotics used for humans, but we and Thomas Labs are not doctors and do not deal in human health problems, or prescription medications. Only a doctor can correctly prescribe antibiotics for specific need in humans. We strongly discourage anyone who wants to take Fish Antibiotics for themselves…”

It seems clear that the Veterinary Feed Directive considers livestock and not hobby fish and birds to be the highest priority targets. If they did, the pet trade might cease to exist.

The Veterinary Feed Directive may, indeed, decrease the incidence of bacterial resistance in the U.S. So will the wise use of antibiotics by the nation’s physicians. Hopefully, one day food livestock will be raised antibiotic-free; some companies are already taking this step.

From a preparedness standpoint, I still believe that having antibiotics in your medical kit will save lives in a long-term disaster or survival setting. The ones I have written about over the years are still available, at least for the time being; those medically responsible in times of trouble will find them to be useful tools in the medical woodshed.

Joe Alton, MD

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Joe Alton, MD is a physician, author, and medical preparedness writer for disaster and long-term survival scenarios where medical help is not available for the foreseeable future. For more information on these and other topics, see the Altons’s #1 Amazon bestseller The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for when Medical Help is Not on the Way.

 

Get Survival Medicine Instruction from This Helpful Resource

When disaster strikes and no doctors are available, you’ll have to rely on your own medical knowledge to survive. Thankfully, we’re seeing the release of more books offering survival medicine instruction.

Scott Finazzo has written Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook. It’s a resource that gives you survival medicine instruction in easy to understand language and a compact form.

Scott is my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week. Below I’ll share a few thoughts about his book and our conversation.

 

Prepper's Survival Medicine Handbook

 

Handbook Author

Scott Finazzo has been my guest before on DestinySurvival Radio. Read about a previous visit here.

Scott has been a firefighter for nearly 20 years and is currently serving as a lieutenant for the Overland Park, Kansas, Fire Department. He has been an instructor for firefighting tactics, confined space rescue, first aid, CPR, Community Emergency Response Teams, and other emergency training.

In addition to being an emergency responder and educator, Scott has been writing in various capacities for much of his life, contributing to blogs, magazines, and books. Scott’s first book, co-authored with Scott B. Williams, The Prepper’s Workbook, became a national best seller. He followed that up with the narrative of his kayak journey through the Virgin Islands called Why Do All the Locals Think We’re Crazy? Most recently he wrote The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook, and he tells me his next book is Prepper’s Guide to Knots.

Handbook Overview

Don’t confuse Scott’s book with another book on survival medicine with a similar title. A promotional blurb nicely summarizes what this one is about.

“Going beyond basic first aid, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook teaches military-tested methods for treating life-threatening medical conditions, including gunshot wounds, third-degree burns, radiation exposure, broken bones, ruptured arteries, severed limbs, poisonous snakebites, anaphylactic shock and more.

“Author Scott Finazzo, an emergency responder, details step-by-step treatment for everything from hypothermia and heat stroke to seizures and cardiac emergencies. Using information from actual military field manuals, this book provides everything you need to keep you and your loved ones safe when there’s nowhere else to turn.”

At 242 pages, this one’s small enough to put in your camping backpack or bug out bag.

Chapters are short and to the point. The last several pages include a list of references and a handy index, whhich I recommend using as you get familiar with the book’s contents.

You’ll find drawings and illustrations taken from military field manuals.

Chapter topics covered include…

  • Basic Procedures
  • Controlling Blood Loss
  • Trauma
  • Shock
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Heat-Related Emergencies
  • Cold-Related Emergencies
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Bites and Stings
  • Common Medical Emergencies
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear First Aid
  • Specific Climate Survival
  • Rescue Operations
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Resuscitation

Handbook Observations

This is a first aid book and more. Its content is not only drawn from military manuals, but from Scott’s 20 years of experience as a fire fighter.

In spite of the reliance on field manuals, the book is written in layman’s language. It was Scott’s intention to make it readable and user friendly, and he’s done a good job.

Whether you’re a hard core prepper or have little experience and few prepping supplies, Scott says this book is meant for you. It’s written in such a way as to quickly get to the point of the topics discussed. You get the essentials you need.

As for how to use it, get familiar with how the book is laid out. Know what it includes. Pull it off the shelf and refamiliarize yourself with it before you travel or go camping. As time goes on, you’ll know how to best use it to meet your needs in a post disaster situation.

Key topics such as starting a fire, purifying water, building a shelter, and identifying useful plants are included in the lengthy chapter on climate survival. I would have expected these to have their own dedicated chapters.

That said, each topic is touched on throughout the chapter in relation to the climate setting and terrain discussed.

Handbook Advice

Scott strongly recommends “sizing up” both a given situation and the patient (or patients) you’ll be dealing with. This calls for using your six senses. That sixth sense means recognizing gut instincts and intuition along with normal physical senses.

You don’t want to put yourself in harm’s way unnecessarily or become part of the problem. Scott and I talked about ways to sort that out so you can do the most good for the greatest number of people.

The importance of staying calm can’t be overestimated. It helps others be calmer and increases the chances for a successful outcome, under the circumstances.

Scott puts a significant emphasis on the importance of psychological well being. It’s the survival mindset that helps us get through difficulty.

Psychological first aid comes into play in stressful times because it’s not wise to be some kind of macho hero. It’s not only members of the military who experience PTSD.

Look for changes in others–and in yourself–which bring up the need to get help. Talk to a professional counselor if possible. But at least talk with someone else so you’re not holding things inside.

Scott described his own experience with an incident where he needed to get help, even though he resisted the idea at first.

How we respond is how we prepare. Regardless of whether you have the supplies and equipment you want, can you be mentally flexible enough to get through the situation? Can you be creative and resourceful to make due with what you have at hand?

Scott shares useful tips on what to include in your medical supplies which you might not have thought of. For example, have hard candy for children, or even for yourself. It’s comforting to have.

Did you know there are a number of uses for credit cards besides using them to spending money?

Here’s another tip. Put VapoRub under your nose to block out bad smells.

Generally speaking, preparation is good, no matter what the survival situation is a natural or man-made disaster. Preparing for one thing often prepares you for other things.

Handbook Call to Action

Scott and I talked about more than I can relate here. Therefore, hear our conversation by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 1, 2016 (Right click to download.) Keep up to date with Scott at www.ScottFinazzo.com.

To get Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook, click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Catching Up with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, The Dynamic Duo of Survival Medicine

It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on DestinySurvival Radio, and I thought it was time to catch up with them and see what they’re doing these days. They’re quite busy getting out the word about medical preparedness. Their little empire, as I like to think of it, is ever expanding.

On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I visited with Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. Below I’ll share brief highlights and the show link.

The Dynamic Duo of Survival Medicine

Conversations with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are always informative and fun for me. Many of my readers and listeners are familiar with who they are, but in case you’re not, or if you need a refresher, here’s some background, derived mostly from their site. Forgive the length, but this couple is involved in so many good works.

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D. and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Ostetrics and Gynaechology. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Together, they’re the authors of the Number One Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid The Survival Medicine Handbook, Third Edition.

They’re also well known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You’ll find over 800 posts on medical preparedness on their website, DoomAndBloom.net.

You can find more about their credentials there as well, but I do want to mention that Dr. Alton has also written the New York Times bestseller in health, The Ebola Survival Handbook, The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide, and the just-released and timely The Zika Virus Handbook.

The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Hour is their syndicated podcast. They also do a video show on the first and third Wednesday of each month at AroundTheCabin.com. Their latest project is the weekly current events podcast American Survival Radio, produced in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network.

Another one of their projects is the survival board game, Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL!

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy travel the country spreading the message of medical preparedness to the world and are supporters of many quality preparedness conferences throughout the country.

Their mission is to put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations.

They would also have me remind you that the opinions voiced by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are for post-apocalyptic settings only. In normal times, seek modern and standard medical care from qualified professionals.

Spreading the Survival Medicine Message

As noted above, Joe and Amy Alton are on a mission, and they’re constantly working to spread the message of survival medicine. In our conversation we touched on a few key areas.

 

The Survival Medicine Handbook, 3rd Edition

 

The Big Book

We started our conversation by talking about the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook. Joe and Amy saw the need to expand it because additional issues such as active shooter situations and pandemics need to be addressed in the world we live in now. You can see more info about their book here.

The Zika Virus Handbook

The Zika virus hasn’t caught our attention as did the more dramatic disease of Ebola. Nonetheless, Joe Alton is concerned enough that he wrote a handbook about it.

He also joined 250 other physicians, public health officials and others in recommending the 2016 summer olympics be moved from Brazil or cancelled altogether. Brazil is a hot spot for mosquitoes and the resulting zika virus.

A Med Kit for Active Shooter Scenarios

Nurse Amy has put together a first aid bleeding control kit with active shooter scenarios in mind. She and Dr. Bones believe these kits should be in schools and other public places along with fire extinguishers. A few schools have already placed orders for the kits.

You don’t need medical training to be able to use this kit. In fact, it’s designed in such a way that you don’t even have to know how to read English. Here’s the video Amy mentioned during our conversation, in which she demonstrates how to use this unique kit.

 

 

Other kits and survival medical supplies are at Store.DoomAndBloom.net.

American Survival Radio

Unlike the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour–the medically oriented podcast they’ve done for several years–American Survival Radio allows Joe and Amy to voice their opinions on issues of the day. They don’t expect everyone to agree with them. They hope to prompt you and me to think because, as preppers, we need to know about threats we face in today’s world.

With that in mind, our conversation veered into a brief discussion of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects for more loss of gun ownership rights.

Check out American Survival Radio at American Survival Radio.com.

Listening to Our Conversation

Hear my conversation with Joe and Amy Alton by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for June 23, 2016. (Right click to download. To order any of their books mentioned in this post, click on the link for the one you’re interested in to start the order process.

If there’s anything you’d like me to discuss with Joe and Amy Alton on a future episode of DestinySurvival Radio, contact me.

There are several ways to reach out to Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, thanks to their presence on social media. But DoomAndBloom.net is a hub and perhaps the best starting point.

When you’re preparing for survival, don’t overlook medical preparedness. Get guidance you need from Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the dynamic duo of survival medicine.

The Survival Medicine Handbook – Even Better for Your Medical Preparedness

Editor’s Note: I usually reserve Thursdays for telling you about the latest episode of DestinySurvival Radio. However, in the absence of a new show this week, I couldn’t wait to tell you the good news from Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, ARNP, who have been DestinySurvival Radio guests several times before, and they will be again.

You may know them as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy. Together they make a great team to help you and your family get prepared for survival when life has changed as we now know it.

Here’s great news about the latest edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook, which first appeared at www.DoomAndBloom.net.

– John

 

Announcing The NEW Third Edition Survival Medicine Handbook

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The Survival Medicine Handbook 2016 Third Edition

Well, we’ve returned from an awesome week in the great state of Oregon and got to look at the final proof of the Third Edition, which arrived while we were away. It looks good on review, so we hit the publish button and it’s now available at Amazon.

For those who don’t know us, the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other medical books (even some outdoor and “survival” medicine books), it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. It’s also for the family that lives or is traveling in rural areas where the ambulance is more than a few minutes away, or where there isn’t cell phone service.

To let you know what’s in the book, most of the topics are below. Every chapter has been revised to some extent. We’ve greatly increased the content on hemorrhagic wounds, adding chapters on active shooters, tourniquets, gunshot and knife wounds, discussions of ballistic trauma and body armor, and even the medic under fire. Food/water contamination, pandemic diseases, rodent issues, and disease-causing microbes also added as individual discussions. The section on respiratory infections is completely reworked as is the section on physical exams. Additional natural disaster preparedness topics include blizzards, avalanches, survival when lost at sea, mudslides, and more. Nurse Amy has added a lot of material to the medical supplies section, plus how to sterilize supplies, choosing a medic bag, and more. Soft tissue wound care and patient transport have been expanded. As always, we discuss alternative remedies wherever they may be helpful.

Here are just some of the over 150 topics (175 illustrations) covered in our 670 page book:

 

PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS-HISTORY OF PREPAREDNESS-USING ALL THE TOOLS IN THE WOODSHED-SPIRITUALITY AND SURVIVAL-MODERN MEDICINE VS. SURVIVAL MEDICINE-THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY-HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE MEDIC-LIKELY MEDICAL ISSUES YOU’LL FACE-MEDICAL SKILLS YOU’LL WANT TO LEARN-MEDICAL BAGS, KITS, AND SUPPLIES-HOW TO STERILIZE MEDICAL SUPPLIES-NATURAL REMEDIES, LIKE OILS, TEAS, TINCTURES, AND SALVES-THE MEDICAL HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAM-THE MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT-THE ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT-PATIENT TRANSPORT-HYGIENE-RELATED MEDICAL ISSUES-LICE, TICKS, AND WORMS-DENTAL ISSUES AND PROCEDURES-RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS-GUIDE TO PROTECTIVE MASKS-FOOD AND WATER-BORNE ILLNESS-WATER STERILIZATION-DIARRHEAL DISEASE AND DEHYDRATION-DEALING WITH SEWAGE ISSUES-RODENTS AS DISEASE VECTORS-FOOD POISONING-PATHOGENS (DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS)-HOW INFECTIONS SPREAD-APPENDICITIS AND OTHER ABDOMINAL INFECTIONS AND CONDITIONS-HEPATITIS-URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS-INFECTIONS CAUSED BY YEAST-CELLULITIS-ABSCESSES-TETANUS-MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES-PANDEMICS-THE SURVIVAL SICK ROOM -HYPERTHERMIA (HEAT STROKE)-HYPOTHERMIA-FROSTBITE/IMMERSION (TRENCH) FOOT-COLD WATER SAFETY-FALLING THROUGH THE ICE-AVALANCHE PREPAREDNESS-ALTITUDE SICKNESS-WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS-SMOKE INHALATION-TORNADO PREPAREDNESS-HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS-EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS-FLOOD PREPAREDNESS-MARITIME SURVIVAL-NEAR-DROWNING-VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS-ALLERGIC REACTIONS-ASTHMA-ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK-POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC-RADIATION SICKNESS-BIOLOGICAL WARFARE-INJURIES TO SOFT TISSUES- MINOR WOUNDS-HEMORRHAGIC WOUNDS-PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF BLOOD LOSS-HEMORRHAGE CONTROL-TOURNIQUETS-COMMERCIAL BLOOD-CLOTTING AGENTS-KNIFE AND BULLET WOUNDS-BODY ARMOR-THE MEDIC UNDER FIRE-SOFT TISSUE CHRONIC WOUND CARE-HOW TO SUTURE SKIN-HOW TO STAPLE SKIN-LOCAL NERVE BLOCKS-BLISTERS, SPLINTERS, AND FISHHOOKS-NAIL BED INJURIES-BURN INJURIES-ANIMAL BITES-SNAKE BITES-INSECT BITES AND STINGS-HEAD INJURIES-SPRAINS AND STRAINS-DISLOCATIONS-FRACTURES-PNEUMOTHORAX-AMPUTATION-THYROID DISEASE-DIABETES-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-HEART DISEASE-ULCER AND ACID REFLUX DISEASE-SEIZURE DISORDERS-JOINT DISEASE-KIDNEY AND GALL BLADDER STONES-SKIN RASHES-VARICOSE VEINS-HEMORRHOIDS-AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION-TRACHEOTOMY-CPR IN THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT-HEADACHE-EYE TRAUMA AND INFECTIONS-NASAL TRAUMA-EAR INFECTIONS-PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY-ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION-SLEEP DEPRIVATION-OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS-PAIN RELIEF-ANTIBIOTICS (and how to use them)- EXPIRATION DATES

 

We hope you’ll consider the Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbookfor your library.

Joe and Amy Alton

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Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP