First aid is an area of survival that many find overwhelming or even intimidating. Unless you have some kind of medical training, where do you start? Trust me, I can totally relate.
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Just take a deep breath. See? I just did some basic first aid on you. The whole deep breath thing. Snuck it right in there, didn’t I? But seriously. Let’s just start of with the basics and build from there. No need for your palms to get all sweaty with thoughts of inserting a gutted ball point pen carcass into a small hole in your buddy’s neck because his airway is blocked.
What you don’t want to do is avoid the subject entirely and then one day find yourself in situation where you don’t know what to do. It’s time to man up (or woman up, whichever the case) and face your fears. Learning these skills can be life saving as learning to start a fire or build a shelter. Like with any other survival skills, hopefully you will never have to use these skills, but the point is to learn them so that if you ever do need them, you will have them to rely on.
So, where should one start? Well, a great place to start is by reading the first aid chapters in your survival books. Great basic information is found in these manuals, but it’s just basic information. Next you can get books on field first aid. There are some really great ones out there. As with most other topics, there is a lot of really great info on the subject online.
A next great step is to take a class like a CPR course or a field medicine course.
More coming soon!
Airway/Breathing (death in mere minutes)
Bleeding & Circulation
Deformity (injury related)
Hypothermia/Hyperthermia (death in mere hours)
Illness (Diarrhea, flu, cold, etc.)
Scavenged Antibiotics (pet stores)