The truth about emergency medical preparedness from a former combat medic

by Selko Begovic

The reality of medical preparedness is that people often waste a lot of money on things they don’t need or don’t know how to use. The purpose of this article is not to diminish the importance or quality of the previous article about medical supplies storage. I find it a continuation of that article, perhaps taking a different angle on medical staffs, settings, skills, etc.

First, here is some basic information about me. I have been in the emergency medical field for many years. Some of those years were working as a combat medic, others were civilians without enough medical bunker and still trying to help.

And I still can’t say that I can give you specific advice on many things, simply because many situations are so specific and so on.

But some general advice can be said here, and I’ve written a lot of these tips before. But it has to be repeated over and over again. It could save your life or the life of a member of your family.

Get medical knowledge

You have to spend a lot of time to become a medical practitioner of any kind. Higher levels require more time to learn, test, practice, etc.

To gain a certain level of confidence in practicing certain skills, I needed several months of long learning and practice. And only after that, can I say, “I know that.” So, what I’m trying to say here is: Don’t expect to become an expert in survival medicine after one book you read, or some videos you watched.

The learning system exists for a reason: it takes time.

So what can you do?

You have to think outside the box and work smart. Perhaps you don’t have the time, money, or will to spend years to become a doctor. But in order to be medically prepared, you still need to start from the ground up.

basis of medical readiness

Let me be clear. The organization does not immediately learn some fancy skills, which are often useless. The basis should be knowledge, data, information … and then subsequent skills.

If you hop on YouTube and search for survival medicine skills, SHTF medicine or the like, you will find a whole bunch of tips and many techniques, but these simply might not work for you.

So my general advice about medical preparations is to focus on your own.

Basically, this means building your medical readiness around the type of medical problems you already have in your home (family, group, etc.) or the type of medical problems you might expect at once at SHTF.

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This means that if you and your spouse or anyone else in your circle has problems with high blood pressure, it makes sense to spend your time learning all about the condition, the medications that work for it, stocking up on those medications, and reading and researching. All available about medication alternatives for that condition at the time the medications run out, and so on.

All of the above makes the most sense to learn before you move on to fancy skills about caring for an amputated leg. More often than not, you will need everything you have learned and prepared for your current medical conditions.

So start with your medical conditions, then the conditions of your family members or group, etc. Cover that first as much as possible.

Start with the basics of medical preparation

The basics. Always start with the basics. No matter how irrelevant that seems to you, you’ll see it in real-life SHTF situations that happen Back to Basics (Already Learned) It will save your situation many times over.

Cover the basics well first, learn them well, and stock the essentials well for medical preparation first. Only after that move on to more complex skills and settings. Always remember, no matter how wonderful some preparation or skill may seem, market or present You need to cover the basics first!

An example of the basics here for me could be hygiene. Cover your hygiene products well before you go to the medicated lotions. Hygiene (sanitation, disinfection, cleaning…) is often overlooked in the prep world and is the number one thing that will kill you. This is the thing that you will encounter with the first problem once in SHTF.

Check it out, test it and learn how to use it.

This is true of most medical kits I’ve seen that people have. They simply never experience things on the inside! They have but have no idea how to use it.

I like to use this comparison here: Most brewers are very familiar with their weapons. They use it a lot at shooting ranges. They test it, upgrade it, share experiences with other guys about their weapons, what not…

That makes sense, right, because this gun will save your life?

I seldom see people testing things from their medical groups and exchanging experiences among themselves (unless we’re talking about fixing around a tourniquet in some FB groups).

And your medical kit could definitely save your life, right?

But you’ve never tested how good the compression bandage or the scissors in the bag are – do they help? Have you ever experienced how everything is logically organized in your bag? How easy is it to get through all that equipment in an emergency situation to find something so quickly?

Give it a try!

Create your own medical kit.

Do things (prepare, store, learn…) that work for you”

Memorize the words above! SHTF preparation can be generic in some ways. It can be an understanding of the principles of certain topics. Everything else is very personal. So when it comes to your medical stash or medical kits, make your own. I have seen hundreds of first aid kits owned by my students. Probably 95 percent of those were cheap, brand-new junk that had never been tested.

And the willing bought it probably because they read a list of what’s inside, not by checking what it actually means.

Here are two examples of what was in the medical kit, and what it should be.

On the left side are the “Emergency Scissors” included in the pre-packed first aid kit. On the right side is what you should already have.

The small “medical tape” is in a pre-packaged set. The bulky is actually a “medical tape”.


This topic needs to simplify on a few things mainly:

Basically start again. This means that you need to start with knowledge as well; And, no, you don’t have to have years in medical school because we’re talking about SHTF, so you’ll be using acronyms.

Incorporation means knowledge first, so start with some basic books on how drugs work, dosage, patients, etc.

So get a book like this: Nursing 2022 Drug Handbook.

You do this at your own risk, of course, because you are not a trained medical professional. You’ll have a higher chance of making mistakes but we’re talking about SHTF here, and most likely about situations where you’ll only be and the highest available medical help.

So, of course, there are risks but what else can you do?

There are many You can find over-the-counter medicines in this list It can help with less serious problems.

specific skills

After covering the basics and foundation, there are skills you must learn. Now, there are great skills and skills that may not be great but are very important.

Again, of course, IV administration should not be done, and If you are not a medical practitioner, it is against the law.

But guess what?

Nobody will care about just SHTF. So yeah, if that’s possible, learn it. It is not rocket science. There are some risks, but if you are not willing to take risks, you will learn nothing.

How is your medical preparation?

Is your medical group specific to your family? Have you had any advanced training? Have you ever used your tools or opened packages? Or is everything in a carefully packaged and prepackaged set?

Let’s discuss medical predisposition in the comments.

Source: Organic Prepper

Silko survived the Balkan war in the 1990s in a city under siege, with no electricity, running water, or food distribution.

In his online work, he gives an inside look at the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares for the day. He hasn’t stopped learning to survive and prepare since the war. No matter what happens, you probably won’t encounter extreme situations like Selco did. But you have a chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months.

Real survival isn’t romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, difficult and unfair. Let Selco take you into this world.

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