I have noticed that many preppers want to know how to suture a wound or remove “the bullet” or some other “glamorous” task. The most ignored area in medical training that I have seen in survival circles is homecare nursing. Good basic patient care can be learned and mastered by becoming a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant).
Not everyone understands that a person cannot lie in bed for hours, days, or even weeks without someone really involved in their care. Bed-bound patients need to be exercised daily to help prevent contractures, a shortening or distortion of muscle or connective tissue.
This exercise involves having the patient move all their joints through their full range of motion.
I designed a “raised platform bed” for homecare nursing because I could not justify a hospital bed with hand cranks. This is just a starting point to help you begin to think about skills and supplies you may want to add to your repertoire. There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product.
The Survival Mom has regular posters, but sometimes people only have one or two really great ideas, so what to do? Another person in your community who has extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is your local funeral director. I also instruct disaster medicine with a well known firm and am currently working on my RN.

But the more training I receive and practice in the field, the more I realize how much I do not know, in spite of all my training and experience. I know it may be a boring subject, but it’s an absolute necessity to keep your patient alive and viable. The job of CNAs is to take temperatures and blood pressures, give bed baths, turn, and feed patients. Someday, the patient may be you, and these simple procedures may save a life, including your own. Our writers and contributors have families, homes, and jobs they want to protect, just like everyone else. As a Respiratory Therapist living in the interior of Alaska, I see on a daily basis the effects of not only being unprepared, but the devastating impact of smoking, alcohol abuse, etc, on one's ability to survive and thrive in an adverse environment. I'm amazed by how much medical information is retained, even by people no longer in the medical field.
It is sad when I deal with a person (young or older) who has contractures, bed sores, develops pneumonia, or just fights to maintain some level of independence because no one in their life provides basic homecare nursing skills.
They help monitor for bed sores, pressure areas, changing incontinent patients, and providing basic necessary care. If you turn them and see a red mark on their side, butt, or back, you are probably looking at a bedsore very soon.
In nursing school we have worked with patients that required four adults to just change them and get them out of bed.
Start with the head by going side to side and rotations, move to the neck, shoulders, arms, fingers, knees and toes.

Sometimes they want to write a post that contains information that could endanger one of those three, or upset someone they know in real life, so they post as Anonymous. I know that Dave has two other articles planned on the topic, but if you would like to add information or provide an article yourself, that would be great. As they are in the business of caring for families in times of severe distress, most are very compassionate people. I started as a CNA, then worked as LPN and RN in both the long term care unit and the acute care unit (hospital).
In addition to this training, I have had the opportunity to care for two relatives on hospice. It may not have the glamour or prestige of removing a bullet, but basic patient care is actually more necessary. Such a relatively small percentage of our population has medical training, and yet in the future, that could become the greatest area of need. Have the proper supplies ready. And then take the next step to learn how to suture a wound or remove a bullet. They would be a good resource if medical personnel are in short supply for whatever reason.

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