Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Shoulder Dislocations

SHOULDER DISLOCATIONS Anterior shoulder dislocation accounts for 95-97% of cases Of all the joints in your body, the shoulder has the greatest range of motion. This flexibility comes at the cost of low joint stability. 50% of all major joint dislocations seen in U.S. emergency rooms involve the shoulder joint. A dislocation is an injury in which a bone is pulled out of its joint by some type of trauma. Dislocations commonly occur in shoulders, fingers, and elbows, but knees, ankles, and hips may also be affected.  The joint involved looks visibly abnormal and is unusable.  Bruising and pain often accompany the injury. If the …

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Survival Medicine Hour: Wilderness Safety, Snake Bite, More

Survival Medicine Hour #347 wilderness safety In this episode of the The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses how to make those summer outdoor outings with your family, as well as off-grid survival scenarios, safer for all involved. To make a wilderness experience memorable (in a good way), you’ll need to know what factors will make the environment friendly or not-so-friendly, with injuries as the end result. Amy and Joe tell you what you need to bring in your medical kit. Pit vipers! One thing you might not bring is that old snake bite kit! Dr. Bones talks about current thinking…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Video: Dental Abscesses

dental abscess In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses the importance of dental preparedness in long-term survival settings. Perhaps you don’t need a dental kit when the power’s out for a few days, but when you’re stuck in primitive conditions and not likely to get out anytime soon, dental supplies are an important part of being an effective medic. Let’s face it, pain in your mouth can make you miserable, so miserable that your work efficiency suffers as much as you do. One cause of dental discomfort may be a tooth abscess, which is a serious issue that can turn life-threatening. But what if there is no dentist? Learn what a…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Survival Medicine Hour: Dental Abscess, Local Anesthetic, Pathogens

Survival Medicine Hour #243 Dental Abscess In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the alternative to lidocaine for local anesthesia: injectable Benadryl (diphenhydramine). The pros and cons and its potential use in survival scenarios are explored. Also, dental issues will be a major problem for the medic in any long-term event; Dr. Bones talks about tooth abscesses and how they might be life-threatening if ignored in off-grid settings. Injectable Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Lastly, a discussion of the different pathogens that cause disease with Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones. All this and more on the Survival Medicine Hour …

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Survival Medicine Hour: Survival Navigation w/Glen Martin, Thyroid Issues

by Glen Martin In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome Glen Martin, owner and founder of the 50-show strong Preppers Broadcasting Network to talk about his journey and to discuss his new book on Amazon, Prepper’s Survival Navigation. One way to put your health in jeopardy is not knowing where the heck you are, so listen in as Amy finds out secrets on how to stay grounded and pointed in the right direction in the wilderness. Effects of low thyroid levels on left, normal on right Also, …

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Survival Medicine Hour: Shock, Triage, Mosquito Plants

Survival Medicine Hour #341 Citronella In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the topic is shock: What types there are, the stages of shock, the signs and symptoms of shock, and a lot more that you might need to know in times of trouble. Also Dr.Bones discusses some examples of victims you might encounter in a mass casualty incident, plus the 30-2-Can Do paradigm for telling priority of need for immediate care. People in shock lose heat quickly; make sure to keep them warm! Also, Nurse Amy spends some time talking about what plants in your garden can give you …

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Mass Casualty Triage Basics

mass casualty incidents Given the horrific events surrounding the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, UK, we have come to realize that we may never be safe in today’s world. The bombing is new evidence, however, that no target is off limits to the terrorists in our midst. We can expect more episodes of terror in the western world in the future, and many will involve mass casualties. The Mass Casualty Incident The responsibilities of a caregiver is usually one-to-one; that is, the healthcare provider will be dealing with one ill or injured individual at a time.  This encounter usually falls within …

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Survival Medicine Hour: Eye Issues, Fractures, TENS units

THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR: EYE ISSUES, FRACTURES, TENS UNITS Pink Eye, aka Conjunctivitis In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss how to deal with various eye issues that can confront a medic in an off-grid survival setting, like Pink Eye, foreign objects, styes, and more. Plus, our hosts impart some basics on how to deal with broken bones. Ouch! Dr. Bones also answers a question from Jack Spirko’s Survival Podcast Expert Council, of which he’s a member, regarding the potential for use in survival scenarios of TENS units. TENS units are …

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Survival Medicine Hour: Expired EpiPens, Hepatitis C, Rodent Control 2

Expired EpiPens Still Effective? This week’s Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discusses a new study from the California Poison Control System that indicates that EpiPens may be therapeutically effective even years after their expiration dates, welcome news given that a two-pack costs $300, even in generic form. Plus, part 2 of rodent control, this time how to get rid of rats and mice that already infest your retreat. That’s a lot of rats! Plus, Joe and Amy discuss the increasing epidemic of Hepatitis C in people who are using or abusing opioids like heroin and other drugs. Learn the obstacles to controlling this deadly disease and what might be done…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Video: Rodent-Proofing A Shelter

heckuva rodent infestation Sanitation is an important factor in staying healthy in rural homesteads and survival scenarios, and one formidable obstacle for the survival medic is the presence of rodents like rats and mice. When these animals are introduced into new areas, they cause a significant amount of environmental and economic damage. Whether in good times or bad, It makes sense to take measures to prevent rodent infestation in the home and to eliminate those already there.   In this video, Joe Alton, MD discusses rodents and how to prevent them from being unwanted guests in your home, shelter, or retreat. To watch, click below: Wish you the best of health in good times or bad, Joe …

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Foot Fungus Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Tinea Pedis The medic in austere settings may have to deal with major medical issues; there are minor issues, however, that don’t threaten your patients’ lives, but can seriously affect their quality of life or work efficiency.  In times of trouble, you’ll need your people at 110%, and many issues, such as toothaches or foot infections, can become a nuisance or worse. One problem that is very common (and will be more so off the grid) is foot and toenail fungus, also called “Athlete’s Foot”.  When your dogs (by that, I mean your feet) are howling because you aren’t able to change socks often, Athlete’s Foot might be the cause.  Expect this to be particularly relevant in scenarios where you’re constantly on the move. Athlete’s Foot…

Lesson to First Responders and Situational Awareness

Today I’ve got some great information to share with you regarding first aid training as a first responder–after all, we’re ALL first responders–and situational awareness.  For those of you who aren’t aware, typically the term “first responders” is referring to the rescue teams, EMTs or the firefighters or even law enforcement who arrive on the scene in which help is needed. Most…

Survival Medicine Hour: Sulfa Drugs, Uva Ursi, Quicklime, More

Sulfa Drugs In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD (Dr. Bones) and Amy Alton, ARNP (Nurse Amy) examine Sulfa drug antibiotics as an option in survival settings. One of the first antibiotics, sulfa has been credited with saving the lives of tens of thousands in WWII, including Winston Churchill himself, and still has applications today in good or bad times. Also, the herb Uva Ursi may have some use in urinary tract infections, one of the medical issues that sulfa drugs are effective for. Find out more about this herb in Nurse Amy’s segment on natural remedies. Uva Ursi Plus, Dr. Bones discusses what disasters …