Category: Medical

Ditch Medicine: Treating Pneumothorax

While a pneumothorax is always best treated by a medical professional, you may not always have that available. The information above should help you to identify a pneumothorax, its type, and offer ideas for initial treatment in a ditch situation.

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Ditch Medicine: Medications

Some medications are just fine far past their expiration date; others, not so much. And what about pet medications? Can you take them if you absolutely have to?

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Ditch Medicine: Laceration Management

Deep lacerations that are complicated by the involvement of injuries to major arteries, tendons, nerves or abdominal cavity contents are not usually treatable in primitive conditions. For the rest, however, here’s how you handle them.

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Ditch Medicine: Sterilization

Sterilization may be one of the most critical parts of surviving some kind of disaster or other disruption event. It’s important to understand the methods available to you in a primitive situation, and prepare to have what you need on hand.

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Ditch Medicine: Making Insulin

A reader on one of our articles put a link in their comment that links to a 1926 medical journal article explaining how to produce insulin for use in diabetes management. It’s an excellent article, so we are bringing it to the forefront. 

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