American Survival Guide - - NEW PRODUCTS -

In long-term sur­vival, you might run out of med­i­cal sup­plies and have to im­pro­vise with found ob­jects. Here are some that might prove use­ful:

Ban­dages: Don’t throw away old sheets! Cut them into strips to make ban­dages. Also, maxi pads and other fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts are use­ful ad­di­tions to your stock­pile of dress­ings.

Tourni­quet: A ban­danna and a stick can be re­pur­posed to help stop bleed­ing. Wrap the ban­danna 2 inches or more above the wound, then tie a knot to hold it in place. Place a stick on top of the knot, then tie it to the ban­danna with an­other knot. Twist the stick to ap­ply more pres­sure on the bleed­ing limb.

The pil­low splint: To im­mo­bi­lize and pro­tect an or­tho­pe­dic in­jury, con­sider wrap­ping the limb with a pil­low and some duct tape. Add two boards for fur­ther sta­bil­ity, es­pe­cially in frac­tures.

The im­pro­vised stretcher: Com­monly found items left be­hind in aban­doned homes can be re­pur­posed for use as stretch­ers, among other things. Con­sider iron­ing boards, chairs or broom­sticks with jack­ets or shirts, blan­kets, rope and more.

Wound clo­sure: Duct tape can be used to ap­prox­i­mate wound edges of lac­er­a­tions. Make two cuts on each side and fold over, ad­he­sive-toad­he­sive, to make a non-ad­he­sive area and then place tightly to close the skin. Make sure the non-ad­he­sive area is over the cut it­self.

Pain re­lief: The green un­der­bark of wil­low trees con­tains salicin, from which the first as­pirins were made. Cut into strips to make a tea.

Pre­vent in­fec­tions in var­i­ous wounds: When there’s no an­tibi­otic oint­ment, uti­lize the an­tibac­te­rial ac­tion of raw, un­pro­cessed honey by spread­ing some over burns and other wounds. Then, cover the wound with a dress­ing.

Por­ta­ble toi­let: A 5-gal­lon bucket and a plas­tic garbage bag can be used to make a per­fectly ser­vice­able toi­let. For more com­fort, add a prod­uct called “the Lug­gable Loo” as a seat. Cover hu­man waste poured into a hole with sand or kitty lit­ter.

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