The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for ANY Disaster

The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for ANY Disaster

by Joseph Alton M.D., Amy Alton A.R.N.P.


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No one knows what the next disaster will be: earthquake, Coronavirus, flu epidemic, flood, terrorist attack. But everyone should know how to survive a medical emergency if a medical professional isn’t available.

From Dr. Joe Alton and Amy Alton ARNP comes an updated edition of their bestseller The Survival Medicine Handbook. This unique medical book is meant to enable the average person to handle injuries and illness in situations in which modern medical facilities and professionals aren’t available due to a disaster.

This book is written by America’s top medical preparedness experts: Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. Their mission: to put a medically prepared person in every family for when medical help is not on the way. Using decades of medical experience, they address, in plain language, dozens of medical issues associated with surviving disasters and epidemics. The Altons also discuss the medical supplies needed to become a medical asset to your family and community as well as alternative and natural strategies for when pharmaceuticals aren’t available. Topics include:
  • Appendicitis and Conditions that Mimic It
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
  • Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis
  • Head Injuries
  • Animal Bites
  • Snake Bites
  • Head injuries
  • Kidney Stones
  • Dislocations and Fractures
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pain Medications
  • Natural Pain Relief
  • And much much more!

Most medical books will send you to the doctor or hospital when an emergency happens. The Altons assume that the worst might actually happen—that the average person could be left without medical help in a disaster. With their book, you can keep your family healthy in times of trouble.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629147703
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 46,383
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joseph Alton, MD is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN and the founder of the survival website Dr. Alton is the author of the best-selling Survival Medicine Handbook and is one of the most popular speakers in the country on crisis medicine. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune magazine, The Miami Herald, Tulsa World, Small Business Trendsetters, Mother Jones, and on various ABC, CBS, and Fox affiliates. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Table of Contents

About the Authors ix


I Principles of Medical Preparedness 5

Medical Preparedness: How to Get Started 6

Wilderness Medicine vs. Long-Term Survival Medicine 9

The Importance of Community 12

II Becoming a Medical Resource 15

The Status Assessment 16

Likely Medical Issues You Will Face 21

Medical Skills You Will Want to Learn 23

Medical Supplies 25

Natural Remedies 34

The Physical Exam 37

The Mass Casualty Incident 41

Patient Transport 51

III Hygiene and Sanitation 55

Hygiene-Related Medical Problems 56

Lice and Ticks 57

Dental Care 63

Respiratory Infections 78

The Effective Sickroom 87

Food-Borne and Water-Borne Illness 89

Diarrheal Disease and Dehydration 92

IV Infections 95

Appendicitis and Conditions that Mimic It 97

Urinary Tract Infections 102

Hepatitis 104

Fungal Infections 107

Cellulitis 110

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses 115

V Environmental Factors 117

Heat-Related Emergencies 120

Cold-Related Medical Issues 123

Altitude Sickness 130

Wildfire Preparedness 132

Storm Preparedness 136

Earthquake Preparedness 140

Allergic Reactions and Anaphylaxis 142

Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac 152

VI Injuries to Soft Tissues 155

Minor Wounds 157

Hemorrhagic and Major Wounds 159

Burn Injuries 174

Animal Bites 178

Snake Bites 180

Invertebrate Bites and Stings 183

Head Injuries 188

Sprains and Strains 191

Dislocations 195

Fractures 197

Amputation 202

VII Chronic Medical Problems 205

Thyroid Disease 207

Diabetes 210

High Blood Pressure 213

Heart Disease and Chest Pain 216

Seizure Disorders 220

Kidney Stones and Gall Bladder Disease 223

VIII Other Important Medical Issues 229

CPR in Austere Settings 230

Headache 237

Eye Issues 240

Nosebleeds 244

Earache 244

Hemorrhoids 249

Birth Control, Pregnancy, and Delivery 251

IX Medications 259

Essential Over-the-Counter Drugs 260

Pain Medications 263

Natural Pain Relief 265

Stockpiling Medications 267

Emergency Contacts 285

Glossary 287

Index 301

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