How To Not Be Just A ‘Sexy Nurse’
By Nathan Hale Jefferson
Author of The Wayward Journey http://amzn.to/14PiPrt
Everyone has heard the term Mall Ninja thrown around, or at least most everyone. This is especially true in tactical and preparedness circles where it is a term used to describe someone who spends (or says they spend) large sums of money on the latest and greatest gear, gadgets and fads to make sure they are ‘more prepared’ and ‘more capable’ than those other losers around them even though they often don’t know how or why to use the equipment.
In order to help prevent people from attaining the dreaded Mall Ninja status there have been many articles and many top rate trainers (and some not so top rate) reaching out to help get people trained and well versed in what gear they really need and how to properly use it. This works well for tactical situations and training, but not so well for medical training.
To help illustrate my thought process I decided to use the title “the sexy nurse” in reference to the trend of people dressing up and playing sexy nurse for Halloween. They are like the Mall Ninjas of the medical preparedness world. These people are often just playing dress up with lots of cool accessories, kits and gear. They are not too different from Mall Ninjas in that they spend large sums of money on first aid kits, blow out kits, examination equipment, surgery kits, and a ton of other important/not important, useful/dangerous items without really knowing how or why to use them.
One concrete example of this is that I have seen and heard of many people learning how to suture; this is a very perishable skill (if you are going to do it, you need to keep up your practice!) and one I don’t (and several professionals I’ve interviewed agree with me) think will be very useful. Why? Steri-strips, butterfly strips or other closure methods are more likely to be a better route for the non-pro to close a wound. If a wound is bad enough that you really think you need to suture it closed you should think long and hard about making a trip to find a real professional instead of doing it yourself since it is likely already a life and death situation. So many of these skills like suturing should really be left to a professional unless it is in a survival situation where there is no access to a better trained individual.
If you look at the book ‘where there is no doctor’, a great resource that everyone should have a copy of, (which is available in a multi-PDF format from the authors at: http://hesperian.org/books-
- Make a list of the things you do everyday – then list what technology you use or rely on to perform these tasks
- Make a list of things you think you need to be able to do or treat in a grid down situation – then list what technology is commonly used to properly treat these
- Prioritize your lists, learn and practice. Even if it is as simple as manually taking blood pressure instead of using an automatic machine do it. Many people may be relying on you to already know how to do these things without the modern technology you use, don’t let them down.
- Make a list of the most likely medical scenarios you will face in every day life – then list what you need to handle this, training and gear
- Make a list of the most likely medical scenarios you will face in a grid down situation – then list what you need to handle this, training and gear (and look up how to really handle it, try to examine what is done in a 3rd world country…)
- First aid
- Proper Nutrition
- How to maintain proper cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation (did you know that our modern life expectancy has increased much more due to sanitation and hygiene than from modern medicine)
- ‘Before help arrives’ medical capabilities: This covers what do you do in the minutes after an accident but before trained professionals arrive to help save lives and decrease damage done
- Diagnosis/examination techniques – how can you best determine if something is serious enough to seek professional help; especially in a grid down situation where seeking that help might be very dangerous
- Quarantine procedures for people who may have a dangerous contagion
Whether you are a pro or just someone who wants to be prepared you should work to not only be well trained, but well practiced. There are hundreds of places to get the required training, please spend the time and money to go to one or more of these classes instead of buying a new gun.
Thanks for your time and look for more installments to get into more detail about individual health and medical topics.
Nathan Hale Jefferson wishes to help spread the ideas of liberty and freedom through his writing by giving examples of what could happen in different situations that infringe upon a persons unalienable rights. With this goal he still strives to keep political and religious views in check and subdued in his writing, leaving those to the readers themselves to determine, and tries to focus more on freedom, preparedness and community.
Nathan Hale Jefferson is the author of the post apocalyptic novel, The Wayward Journey. Check it out at either link.