Week 13 – Question of the Week: How far along are you in your medical prepping?

Week 13: 2011-06-2

With 2012 approaching, today I’m asking all readers to comment on this question:

How far along are you in your medical prepping?

From comments I’ve received, most are just now beginning.  A few, less than 5% by my estimate, have supplies for as much as a year.

What are the costs?  What are the challenges?  How much time is involved?

Check back soon and see what your fellow readers have to say.

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About Cynthia J. Koelker, MD

CYNTHIA J KOELKER , MD is a board-certified family physician with over twenty years of clinical experience. A member of American Mensa, Dr. Koelker holds degrees in biology, humanities, medicine, and music from M.I.T., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the University of Akron. She served in the National Health Service Corps to finance her medical education.
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5 Responses to Week 13 – Question of the Week: How far along are you in your medical prepping?

  1. Craig says:

    Well, my first response to that is not near far enough. Medical is my biggest pet peeve, I know I am not trained enough to perform certain procedures, and frankly, that scares the c**p out of me. I educate myself on a daily basis, I have forked out the expense to get more training. But in reality, I still feel we are lacking. But to quote a USSOCOM doc “medicine is not a sacred subject practiced only by physicians, but rather skills and knowledge that can be learned and used to save lives.” So basically, I am doing the best I can.

  2. pa4ortho says:

    I have seen first hand what zombies are capable off. Best of luck to you and yours – hope you are right.

    Invest in combat gauze. Ignore all other brands. works well, easy to use.

    get a good TQ.

    Don’t duck……return fire so you don’t get shot. It’s the best medicine

    On security:

    Treat people well, be generous, but use good opsec, be polite, be calm, be happy, choose good things, have a plan to kill everyone around you at all times but don’t be a psychopath or a hater about it.

  3. Chris MD says:

    While I am pretty comfortable with my “deep aid” kit for short-term emergency situations, I have been giving more thought to true TEOTWAWKI events. Thus I am planting medicinal herbs and beginning to experiment with their properties and uses, as well as collecting references.

  4. GoneWithTheWind says:

    I came across an idea that I think will help me in my medical preps. I have a good first-aid kit for backpacking, another larger one for the motor home, and a substantial one for home. But I have resisted getting major trauma items like battle wound dressings because it seems so unlikely. I can accept that accidents happen and who knows when a person might get a major wound injury. Then I read an article about cutting firewood, and the author mentioned carrying a first-aid kit with him to cut wood, and included the high-tech bandages used by the military to stop bleeding and some battle dressings that, when used properly, apply pressure to the wound to stop bleeding. This made good sense to me. Chain saws are dangerous and the risk of a major wound is very real. Now I have a legitimate and believable reason to want to put some battle dressing compression bandages in my first aid kit. I still doubt I will ever get into a shooting war with Zombies, but I have a healthy respect for the chain saw. So be prepared.

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