Non-freezing cold-induced injuries are much more likely to occur than frostbite for the survivalist. He or she will likely be more prepared to prevent frostbite, but are likely to be exposed for prolonged periods to cold weather, either when traveling to safety, scavenging or hunting. This may lead to NFCI (Non-freezing cold injury). These injuries typically occur at temperatures just above or around freezing which leads to tissue damage to the exposed areas, but does not inv
Spinal injuries are a huge fear when out in the wilderness. There literally isn’t anything much worse than dealing with this type of injury. The last two episodes I quickly discussed several ways to immobilize the spine and extract the injured person. There are two types of immobilization systems. First, the short-board immobilization system, which would be used to quickly extract someone to a safer area for better treatment, or to develop a better system to extract further.
Dehydration is not terribly difficult to come by when living or traveling by foot across the land. In a SHTF scenario you'll likely be on the move quickly and possibly under the blazing sun for more of the day than you anticipated. Dehydration can come quickly and easily, especially if you are limiting your water intake. This week we discussed recognizing the signs of dehydration, and how to replete those fluids as safely as possible with limited resources. Oral rehydration s
Head lacerations bleed like there is no tomorrow. Unfortunately, they aren't too difficult to sustain since our noggins tend to head first into locations with which we may be exploring, or during a quick bug out situation. Luckily, most lacerations to the head can be easily managed with your own hair acting as the suture. You simply place a piece of string, dental floss, or fishing line within the wound, then use 3-4 strands of hair on each side of the wound and tie multiple