Sunday Potpourri: Thoughts from an EMT on Emergency Medicine

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doctorWe are still digging out from the snow and ice storms here in Washington State but I have to tell you that I am feeling a bit smug about the fact that I was warm and toasty, I had light, I had internet and I had plenty of food during the worst part of the storm.  The only angst I had was that I had to extend my visit to the Seattle area because public transportation back home was not available until Friday.

Today I want to let you know that George Ure’s son, George Ure II, recently shared his thoughts on emergency medicine with us over at Strategic Living.  He is an EMT in the Seattle area and has lots of insight into the components of your emergency medical supply kit.  This is a must read article!

Also – and the younger George is too modest to mention it – George II is being honored as a 2012 AmericanGeorge Ure II EMT Red Cross Hero by the Seattle chapter of the American Red Cross.  Now how cool is that?

He is currently working as a volunteer emergency responder, emergency medical technician and a  lab and patient care technician with King County Public Health and the American Red Cross in Seattle Washington. In that capacity he has been deployed around the country, setting up, working, and running temporary field hospitals, emergency shelters, or medication centers.

And so why am I telling you this?  If you happen to live or work in a community that is hiring, he would love to pursue being an EMT on a full time basis.  So, if you are so inclined, feel free to let me know and I will pass the word along or you can reach George II directly via email here.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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From the Bargain Bin: Survival is all about learning to fend for yourself.  Here are some of the emergency medical supplies suggested by George II along with a few of my own.

Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.

Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.

Where There Is No Doctor: Hesperian’s classic manual, Where There Is No Doctor, is perhaps the most widely-used health care manual in the world. About $20.

Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pack or Adventure Medical Kits Outfitter Kit: Adventure Medical Kit products are well priced and with an excellent reputation among outdoor types such as fishermen and hunters. This is a good place to start if you are looking for a kit.

182-Piece First Aid Kit:  This 182 piece first aid kit is on sales this month at Emergency Essentials for $16.99.  This is a basic starter kit.

The Pill Book (15th Edition): New and Revised: For nine bucks, there is no reason not to have this book in your emergency medical kit.

Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): For less than $8, this pack of 10 is a great deal. Free shipping too.

Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator (AED): Pricey? Yes. But and AED can save a life. If you or a loved one has a heart problem, this is a must have device especially if you are located far far away from medical help.

Omron Series Blood Pressure Wrist Unit: We personally would not be without one of these units.

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Sunday Potpourri: Thoughts from an EMT on Emergency Medicine — 1 Comment

  1. Great info, be prepared everyone, here on the East Coast we had a storm in October, our power was out for 12 days. Thankfully everyone pulled together, but when weeks lead to months, things tend to break down real fast. Make sure you have plent of cash on hand also. God Bless

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