Posted by : Kai | April 10, 2014
One 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)