Would you know what to do?
As the world becomes more uncertain by the minute, it's wise to rethink our emergency preparedness strategies. Previously that simply meant stocking up with the supplies and learning the skills to sustain ourselves until help arrived - but these days, we can't help but think of an alternate possibility.
What if a day comes when help may never on the way, and we have to be completely self-sufficient to survive? If it's up to you to save a life, would you know what to do?
Whether you’re preparing for SHTF, want to be ready for anything, or are just living through these current chaotic times... You should know some basic medical skills that will form a good basis should you ever need to deal with a medical emergency.
These 7 critical medical skills can save your life or the life of a loved one. Learn them soon, and learn them well:
Firstly, everyone should know how to do basic CPR. This essential medical skill takes just five minutes to learn. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation involves pressing your hands on someone’s chest to keep or restart the beating of their heart. Some variants of CPR include breathing into an unconscious person’s mouth to give them some oxygen or to force water from their lungs.
You can learn CPR easily by signing up for a cheap or free class, which may be given at colleges, clinics, and other locations.
6. Splint Setting
It’s also wise to know how to set a splint. A splint can be used to help someone recover from a broken bone. This is important since, if you don’t set a broken bone properly, it may heal badly and lead to infection or other medical complications. You don’t need a fancy cast to set an appropriate splint. In fact, you can set a good splint with household items and even a stick.
5. Bleeding Treatment
Bleeding injuries can be quite dangerous if they aren’t treated properly, particularly if a vein or artery has been cut. Stopping bleeding will prevent someone from bleeding out and lower the chance of infection. If an artery is cut, someone could bleed out in between 10 and 15 minutes. Therefore, you need to know how to make a tourniquet, apply pressure to a bleeding area, and patch up similar wounds to save lives.
4. Burn Treatment
Burn injuries, while sometimes superficial, can also be quite dangerous. If it’s a third-degree burn, you’ll see whitening on the skin, blistering, and numbness. This may be accompanied by nerve damage. Such burns should be submerged in cold water and protected by bandages to minimize the likelihood of infection.
3. Concussion Detection/Treatment
Being able to spot and treat a concussion could also say someone's life in the future. Concussions are very dangerous and may lead to brain damage. To spot a concussion, look for symptoms like pupil dilation, dizziness, coherence when a person speaks, and more.
2. The Heimlich Maneuver
Don’t forget the Heimlich maneuver. This basic medical skill can dislodge something blocking the airways of a person (as in the typical example – when someone accidentally inhales food). The Heimlich maneuver can save someone’s life if they’re choking.
1. Perform Stitches
Lastly, you may also wish to know how to perform stitches. Stitches can close up wounds that would continue to bleed otherwise, plus help a person lower their likelihood of infection.
All in all, we highly recommend taking classes to learn each of these emergency preparedness medical skills. Do that, and you’ll be able to protect yourself and your family from most minor to moderate injuries without the need for a medical professional.
Thanks for reading - stay strong, patriots.
Justin | FamTeeWorld