Category Archives: Public health

Safe Handling of Health Care Waste

Without modern medical waste disposal, what would American hospitals do? What will you do with bloody gauze, contaminated needles, infectious secretions and excreta when disposal becomes your responsibility? The Hesperian Foundation offers the following free 33-page download, written to address this … Continue reading

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Earthquake Injuries – the Haiti Experience – What to Prepare For

Last month’s JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) featured an article from the CDC (MMWR 2011;59:1673-1677) on post-earthquake injuries treated at a field hospital in 2010. What did they see?  Or of more concern, what will we see when … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Disasters

The following post is contributed by Dan,  a wilderness guide, who has led teams of doctors and nurses on medical diaster response trips throughout the world.  What does a person who has “been there, done that” have to say? * … Continue reading

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The Physiology of Water and Fluid Balance (Part 2 of series)

  The following is second in a series contributed by Pete Farmer,  who holds advanced degrees in research biology and history, and is also an RN and EMT.  * * * Having examined the physical and chemical properties of water … Continue reading

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Grief – Finding Your Way to Hope

Grief – likely to be the primary emotion if the world around us collapses.  The following article was written for and is re-printed here by permission of the author.  * * * Unless you’ve experienced it first-hand, true grief is … Continue reading

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Survival Basics: The Chemical and Physical Properties of Water

The following technical article is kindly contributed by Pete Farmer, as a background for further practical considerations regarding water in extreme environments and medical preparedness.  * * * “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” Benjamin Franklin, Poor … Continue reading

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Free Medical Downloads for Treating Yourself

If you’re worried you may end up where there is no doctor,  you’re not alone.  For Americans, this is largely a concern of the future.  For Third World countries, it’s a problem today. The Hesperian Foundation has several publications available for free download … Continue reading

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Medical Quarantine – Protecting Your Family from Infection

Plague.  Yellow fever.  Cholera.  Diphtheria.    Diseases which evoke images of death and despair.   Though less likely to transmit a fatal illness, would you open your door to someone with hepatitis, strep throat, or methacillin-resistant staph?  What about a person … Continue reading

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