I is for injuries #AtoZchallenge

Posted by : | April 10, 2014

file6831235377769One of the major dilemmas the post apocalyptic world will face (and something I’m going to post as a short story under Q for Quacksalver) is how to handle injuries.  I’ll also be talking about it much later in the month, in X for x-rays.
Right now though, I’m going to talk about general injuries.

What do you do when you injure yourself?

I guess, nothing will change for the small injuries.  Well…sorta.  People will probably become much more defensive of small injuries, and clean them better.  Small cut while outside?  Worry of tetanus.
Stood on a nail?  OMG.

Right now, we can go for shots, and there’s a whole manner of things that you can use to clean and keep your cuts and wounds clean.

Speaking from experience by the way, having a tetanus shot as an adult is a quick way to feel like you’ve been run over by a mac truck.  At least I did.

You said wounds?!

Yeah, wounds.  Stabbings and shootings, serious cuts because of explosions and other damage that you can do to yourself while trying to escape.  Stuff that really, no sane person would do to one another, or risk…yeah…all of it is now fair game.  Wounds that require deeper cleaning WILL require antibiotics, and they might become something akin to the same currency as books.

What do you do when you REALLY injure yourself?

By ‘really injure’, I mean break a leg, concussion, brain damage.  Treatment for this stuff is probably really going to change.  Depending on what sort of apocalypse we’re looking at, hospitals will either be unsafe, or flat out infected, or not operational due to lack of power, or worse.  Plus, the supplies of medicine will be drastically reduced.  Even if there are stock piles, they’re going to run out.
And that means serious accidents are going to cause serious issues for you and others.
Bites… and more…you’re screwed 😉  Just as screwed if you get water that isn’t clean into said wounds, though to be fair, you can clean your wounds with that water better than not cleaning it at all.

What you can do about it?

I don’t think that my advice should be taken as gospel, but knowing basic and advanced first aid isn’t a bad thing.  Knowing your strategies, just in case of emergency, is a great idea too.  Most of all though, don’t look at it as survival prep.  Look at it as building your common sense, because let’s face it, being able to treat our own injuries is kinda handy, and probably cheaper than a trip to the doctor’s.  (though, of course, if you need a shot or prescribed medication, the doctor is the best person to ask!)

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  1. Posted April 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Good post. I’m old hat at wounds, I used to self harm, but have never (touch wood) really injured myself. I think I would panic and pass out before I did anything useful to help myself.


    • Kai
      Posted April 12, 2014 at 12:28 am | Permalink

      LOL…I’m first aid trained, but when it’s me? I scream like a girl 😉

  2. Posted April 15, 2014 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Always carry super glue, because it can be used to close up a wound and is more sanitary that sutures. And let’s not forget duct tape, it has plenty of uses for first aid, especially when you consider what combat medicine is and its use for zombie apocalypse.

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