Sanitation, Cleanliness and Disease Control
Number one medical concern is sanitation and cleanliness.
- Hand and arm washing
- Food preparation
- Clean facilities/area
- Sanitized restroom area
If people and areas aren’t kept clean, people will get sick and hurt your ability to deal with other problems.
People are going to get dirty.
Regardless of the situation, people must manage their hygiene and cleanliness.
Make sure to clean up before going to sleep and throughout the day when possible.
Hand and Arm Washing
- Soap, water, and clean towel – The more you scrub, the better you’ll be.
- Gel/hand sanitizer
- Clean water with lots of scrubbing. Filter out the nastiness in dirty water
- 100 Meters or one terrain feature away from sleeping/cooking area
- 2’ deep – 1 1/2’wide
- Don’t let it fill up
- Cover it as you go
Your body needs to be in a deep sleep to maximize healing time. With only interrupted and crummy sleep, you will not heal as fast. So, it’s essential to get good sleep. One key to that is keeping the bugs away.
- Fans to use airflow to keep mosquitoes and bugs from landing on you.
- Mosquito net
- Use DEET
- Tie off your pants. Use rubber bands, gators, or blouse your pants into your boots to keep the ticks and bugs from making contact with your skin.
Don’t be a tough guy. When you're dealing with grid down medicine work to keep the bugs away from you.
Be the smart guy so you stay healthy and can continue functioning. Be smarter harder.
Listen to the people around you when you feel ill, because they may be more aware of what is wrong with you than you are.
Quarantine people who become ill. Children and elderly get sick more easily.
When you’re sick, take yourself out of the equation and focus on rest to heal up.
Stock up on extra prescription medications. Have your medications safe and accessible. During some major incidents, prescription medications may not be available.
Over the Counter Medications
Include these in your med kit:
- Pain relief – Motrin, BC powder, whatever your preference
- Eye drops
Clean the wound well. Scrub the edges and get the dirt out.
Suturing is done to minimize scarring. Wounds will heal from the inside out regardless of the closure method.
Suturing requires a sterile environment, which is not that likely in the field.
Suturing, in itself, creates additional wounds to the body. This creates further infection potential.
Dermabond / Super Glue
Glue can be removed later if a problem happens with the wound at a later time.
It allows for a healthier cleaning process.
There are levels of involvement with medical equipment and supplies. Each level can hold more equipment and supplies.
- What you carry on your person
- What you carry in your backpack
- What you carry in your vehicle
- What you carry in your home
Keep your equipment and supplies subdued, or low profile and be the gray man. Doing so will help keep you from being a target.
Keep your medical equipment accessible for emergency use.
Carry a combination of trauma gear and everyday medications.
Set up medical cache points in locations where you’re likely to need them.
Carry Good Equipment
Try to carry reputable equipment and supplies. Use expired, and lesser manufactures' supplies whenever possible along with your best judgment during emergency situations.
Use old, expired, or questionable supplies for training and retraining.
Talk to the Doc
See your doctor.
Find out about your health. Work with your doctor to improve your health. You want to be as healthy as possible when you encounter a difficult situation.
Research your travel destinations before you go.
Never forget, you’re just one prep away.
If you have any other thoughts or questions about grid down medicine, please leave a comment below.
Stay safe, secure and prepared,
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