Category Archive: First Aid

Identifying and Reducing Risks of Cross Contamination

Cross contamination is one of the most serious threats to public health and safety out there.  It only takes one mistake to contract a wide-array of illnesses or become exposed to harmful substances.  The good news is that it only takes some basic steps to reduce risks to exposure, and these precautions can mean the …

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What You Need to Know About Sugar Withdrawal

America’s addiction to sugar has reached epidemic proportions years ago, but we still don’t quite appreciate the extent of the problem. Some estimates reveal that the average American consumes almost 200 pounds of refined sugar per year, but that doesn’t include all the sugar derivatives that are found in many of our favorite drinks and …

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Stop Bleeding by Pinching These Universal Pressure Points

Every human body has a series of pressure points that can be pinched in order to stop severe bleeding following an injury. Pressure points are essentially places where veins or arteries can be pinched like a hose in order to slow the rate of blood flow so that wound sites have a chance to clot. …

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Why Oatmeal is Such an Important Stockpile Item

Oatmeal is one of the best dry-goods that anyone can include in their stockpiles.  Not only does it serve as a fast and easy meal, but oatmeal also provides us with a number of important benefits both in and out of the kitchen as well.  Here are a few examples of why you definitely want …

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Parasite Problem?  Try These Natural Remedies

Parasites are difficult to control under normal circumstances, let alone in the wake of a major disaster.  Contaminated water, improper sanitation and tainted food are just a few examples of likely culprits that have the potential to make a significant portion of the population sick.  While most parasitic infections are easy to treat if basic …

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How to Treat Injuries Involving Impalement in the Field

Wounds from impaled objects are some of the nastiest and most difficult to treat for a number of reasons. It is essential to follow some basic steps when rendering first aid to an impalement victim in order to minimize serious and potentially fatal injuries. Let’s take a look at some basic techniques that you can use to …

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How to Make Long Lasting Survival Candles

Almost everyone appreciates the importance of having candles on hand during a power outage. However, not all candles are created equally, and many tend to burn a lot faster than we would like. You can buy special survival candles that are designed to burn slowly, or you can also make your own. In fact, it only …

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Simple DIY Heat and Ice Packs that Work

Heat or ice packs should be part of your basic collection of first aid supplies. You can either purchase commercial products or make your own with material that is usually readily-available. The important thing is to always have some on hand for when a strain, sprain or other injury occurs unexpectedly. Let’s look at a couple …

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Bleach or Purification Tablets– Which is the Best Option?

Using chlorinated bleach or purification tablets are two of the most common ways to purify water. Both are effective options and tablets or bleach can be stored for a long period of time. However, there are some differences between the two products that can influence the .taste and quality of the water. Let’s compare both options …

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Herbal Remedies that Have Been Providing Relief for Centuries

There are plenty of plants all around us that have all kinds of medicinal benefits, and some of them can actually be more-effective than certain pharmaceuticals.  In fact, a lot of the medications that we take have been synthesized from plants to begin with.  Let’s look at a few examples of common medicinal plants that …

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