Hello there, Ready Nutrition Readers, fasten your seat belts and prepare to vault into Trauma First-Aid Medicine, Warp Factor 1! In this introduction we are going to go over some medical basics: some courses you may wish to take and a brief introduction to a primary survey. In part 2 we are going to cover some materials you will need for an aid bag and some basic medical supplies to equip it. We’re also going to go over a few things it would behoove you to learn to prepare you for your first experience, be it in the wilderness or if you’re out for a hike in the park, or if some kind of long-term disaster has occurred.
Firstly we must mention that all of the information in this article is strictly for informational purposes only. The information is not meant to diagnose, treat, prescribe, or recommend any action or procedure detailed. Such actions can only be taken by a licensed, certified physician. Consult with your family doctor prior to undertaking any and all actions outlined in this article.
Trauma medicine, loosely phrased, is simply the application of first aid and treatment that varies in complexity based on the degree of accident or injury. Trauma medicine is life over limb, and to follow the motto of the Special Forces Medic should be primary in your mind: Primum Non Nocere, Latin for “First, I shall do no Harm.” If you can’t do it and don’t know how to do it, don’t make the attempt…unless a life is at stake and there is no other alternative.
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