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by Ovationman
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Civilian EMS / Military Combat Medic Kit Suggestions
Replies: 25
Views: 3782

Re: Civilian EMS / Military Combat Medic Kit Suggestions

If you are willing to use used gear(or not) Ebay can be a good place to look.
by Ovationman
Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Rectal Hydration (or getting fluid in other holes)
Replies: 50
Views: 4136

Re: Rectal Hydration (or getting fluid in other holes)

As with anything, in medicine critical thinking and common seance will protect you from many poor outcomes. I would say people are running into the "ideal to real" wall. If you attempt, this the patient will be in bad shape, you will not have IV supplies and definitely not sterile fluid. This might ...
by Ovationman
Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:13 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Rectal Hydration (or getting fluid in other holes)
Replies: 50
Views: 4136

Rectal Hydration (or getting fluid in other holes)

After many threads on IV fluid resuscitation, I think alternative should be considered. Most people do not have the training for or the access to IV fluids. Having another means of hydration could be life saving, away from traditional medical care. Although there is a dearth of clinical information ...
by Ovationman
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What training and certs do you have and maintain.
Replies: 62
Views: 3238

Re: What training and certs do you have and maintain.

I guess my point is that there other ways to get fluid into people then by IV. It is far from ideal ,but this forum is based on the idea of the less than idea.
by Ovationman
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What training and certs do you have and maintain.
Replies: 62
Views: 3238

Re: What training and certs do you have and maintain.

Don't discount alternative ways of getting fluid into people. Rectal hydration is simple and by all accounts can be effective(also you can give non-sterile/isotonic solutions).
by Ovationman
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:34 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What training and certs do you have and maintain.
Replies: 62
Views: 3238

Re: What training and certs do you have and maintain.

Also as an add on to that last post. THe primary goal of wilderness medicine is to adapt to the situation at hand. Protocols are not stressed nearly as much as critical thinking and adaptation.
by Ovationman
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:32 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What training and certs do you have and maintain.
Replies: 62
Views: 3238

Re: What training and certs do you have and maintain.

I would also recommend Wilderness first responder. To be honest I learned more piratical skills in WFR than EMT-B. In a disaster type situation WFR is far more applicable as they teach you how to deal with limited medical supplies and evacuation. Also some of the skills way above what most EMT-Bs ar...
by Ovationman
Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:59 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What training and certs do you have and maintain.
Replies: 62
Views: 3238

Re: What training and certs do you have and maintain.

I guess it come down to the chances of legal consequences. Controlled subs are under the DEAs preview so the chances of prosecution are far higher, along with the potential penalties. As for most anything else it falls under the FDA/USDA or maybe state law. The chances of prosecution are much less a...
by Ovationman
Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Gun wound tips
Replies: 16
Views: 1091

Re: Gun wound tips

It is nice to see that we have (anecdotal) wide acceptance of TQs in practice now, was the not the case when I did my training.
by Ovationman
Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Multi-Use Medications & Other Multi-Use Items ???
Replies: 96
Views: 7214

Re: Multi-Use Medications & Other Multi-Use Items ???

The question is what does pepper do that direct pressure does not? I mean it probably won't do any harm but it sounds like a solution looking for a problem. You will just have to wash the stuff out of the wounds anyways. As for colloid silver there is no good reason to use it. There is a small, but ...
by Ovationman
Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2534

Re: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit

As far as neosporin goes - I agree that neosporin and a bandage are the best method to treat a laceration, however very superficial wounds like scrapes are better flushed with water to remove dirt, then treated with an antiseptic and left to the air immediately to form a scab. Using an antibiotic c...
by Ovationman
Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2534

Re: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit

The only form of Iodine I would consider is a very dilute betadine solution. "Effect of povidone-iodine on wound healing: a review. Human and animal in vivo studies in the last 10 years were used for this review because often the relevance of in vitro data in clinical conditions are questioned. The ...
by Ovationman
Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: FAK (Critique?)
Replies: 18
Views: 3004

Re: FAK (Critique?)

Triage tags?

I would throw in a large amount (10+) of occlusive dressings. IN the case of a mass shooting (VT/ Columbine) Penetrating chest trauma will (based on the VT AAR) be a common occurrence.

Sp02?

Poleless litter or two?
by Ovationman
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2534

Re: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit

I agree up to a point

I think of it this way: Knowledge is better than gear(most of the time) but gear with knowledge is best of all. I also would say that this forum is build around people shooting at you so YMMV.
by Ovationman
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:23 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit
Replies: 48
Views: 2534

Re: Thoughts on Hiking First Aid Kit

if going into the wilderness I would rather carry some extra weight, than not have any med supplies. adequate medical supplies could allow me to continue a trip or avoid calling in SAR, for a more minor problem.
by Ovationman
Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Fish Medication
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Fish Medication

It is a technical violation of federal law to use ANY Vet medication in violation of it's intended use. Not to say it has any legal liability attached, but a good reason to keep it away for SHTF. Buying most meds online (when not using an established pharmacy with an Rx) is looking to get sold count...
by Ovationman
Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:08 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Fish Medication
Replies: 12
Views: 1093

Re: Fish Medication

I agree, a great prep stock to have. Still not a great idea to go around self-treating illness pre-PAW.
by Ovationman
Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:16 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: small injury kit for bar/club work??
Replies: 17
Views: 1339

Re: small injury kit for bar/club work??

Sounds like a fair kit to have for SHTF. Keep in mind that EMS response in the area (used to live in Orlando/ did clinicials with OCFR) is extremely fast in the area.
by Ovationman
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2016

Re: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?

Go back to a time before widespread vaccinations and tell me how you like it. Vaccines are perhaps the single biggest medical advance in the last 200 odd years.
by Ovationman
Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2016

Re: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?

DO NOT GET ANY.. that is the simple answer. I will NEVER get a vaccine ever again. I have not taken any kind of meds in over 7 years .. including the standard asprin. What you should be doing is working on building an incredibly strong immune system, one that is capable of defeating unwanted illnes...
by Ovationman
Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:08 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2016

Re: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?

Well there is an Anthrax vaccine but good luck getting it without being in the military.

Also plague is endemic to some areas and might well come back in force come the PAW. Again a vaccine is available but good luck getting it as a civi.
by Ovationman
Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?
Replies: 41
Views: 2016

Re: What vaccinations for TEOTWAWKI ?

Luckily Smallpox is still eradicated. The only way Smallpox is coming back is bio-terrorism, as it is only in high Security labs. If smallpox ever did come back, it would be the biggest heath crisis of the century.
by Ovationman
Thu Jun 09, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Wilderness First Aid kit
Replies: 27
Views: 2393

Re: Wilderness First Aid kit

Why not if you have a medic bag stick a real C-collar in? Just take into account a C collar is about useless without the ability to carry someone out, and fully immobilize them. In the wilderness C-spine takes a back seat to other critical problems and logistical considerations. I am not trying to d...
by Ovationman
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:50 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Yet another request for FAK feedback...
Replies: 10
Views: 1021

Re: Yet another request for FAK feedback...

replace the "bloodstopper" bandage with a Olaes or ETD. Chest seal and since you are CLS trained a decompression cath might be in order. A triangular bandage/cravat or two. Also being without a medic, I would want some Rx meds for myself. Do you carry your own basic Rx meds? I would ditch the paper ...

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