Preparing for Medical Emergencies

ace-bandagesPreparing for possible medical scenarios may be one of the most important things we can all prepare for when it comes to considering the future. Aside from simply stocking up on medications currently being taken by anyone within the household, being prepared to handle other things could also be of extreme importance at some point in the future.

An article on written by Marc Salvo discusses the Dallas hospital that cared for the first Ebola patient shutting its doors to new patients:

That’s right. The hospital literally closed its doors to new patients.

Consider for a moment what something like this might look like if  several cases popped up throughout a major metro area simultaneously. Would all of the hospitals to which those infected with Ebola were taken then shut their doors to new patients?

What this means for you is very simple and it’s something that members of the preparedness community have been warning about since before Ebola was even on the CDC’s domestic radar.

If this virus (or any other contagion) spreads like it did in Africa, our entire health care system will be paralyzed.

This means that whether a person needs medical attention for a viral infection or a broken arm, they will have nowhere to go for help.

When we really consider what something like that would look like, the word scary comes to mind, which makes preparing for medical emergencies even more important. To have nowhere to take a child who fell off a slide and hurt himself? To have nowhere to take someone with a bacterial infection? Though I am not one to immediately assume that a paralyzed healthcare system is where we are headed, I am also not one to discount the possibility and ignore my current opportunity to prepare for it.

What can be done to prepare? I know quite a few people who, when told they should prepare for something, throw money at it. They buy all the things needed to “be prepared” for whatever scenario or piece of the preparedness puzzle is being discussed. Unfortunately, having all the equipment (especially when it comes to the medical aspect of preparedness) does not make a person prepared, as there is still the issue of actually knowing how to use it all. I have said it many times, and I will say it again, knowledge is so important when it comes to preparedness. People who know how to set a bone don’t always need the expensive medical gear, they can use items already at their disposal to get the job done. This is because they have the knowledge and understanding of how to do it. Without the knowledge, I can buy all the equipment in the world and it will just collect dust.

There are always classes being offered on general first aid, wilderness first aid and survival, and other medical training classes. Taking a few medical training classes could save a life at some point in time and is something to seriously consider when working to get prepared for anything.

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