There are many survival scenarios that may lead to you having to deal with somebody who is in shock or in danger of going into shock due to injury.
The best bet is to always anticipate shock in all injured persons.
Treat all injured persons as follows, regardless of what symptoms appear:
· If the victim is conscious, place him on a level surface with the lower extremities elevated 15 to 20 centimeters.
· If the victim is unconscious, place him on his side or abdomen with his head turned to one side to prevent choking on vomit, blood, or other fluids.
· If you are unsure of the best position, place the victim perfectly flat. Once the victim is in a shock position, do not move him.
· Maintain body heat by insulating the victim from the surroundings and, in some instances, applying external heat.
· If wet, remove all the victim’s wet clothing as soon as possible and replace with dry clothing.
· Improvise a shelter to insulate the victim from the weather.
· Use warm liquids or foods, a prewarmed sleeping bag, another person, warmed water in canteens, hot rocks wrapped in clothing, or fires on either side of the victim to provide external warmth.
· If the victim is conscious, slowly administer small doses of a warm salt or sugar solution, if available.
· If the victim is unconscious or has abdominal wounds, do not give fluids by mouth.
· Have the victim rest for at least 24 hours.
· If you are a lone survivor, lie in a depression in the ground, behind a tree, or any other place out of the weather, with your head lower than your feet.
· If you are with a buddy, reassess your patient constantly.
Alot of the scenarios that would require you to Bug Out involve airborne particulates such as dust, smoke, etc.
Without some way to protect your respiratory system, you aren’t likely to get very far and even if you do make it out, you’ll be recovering for days from after effects of all that dust and other crap on your lungs.
And in a SHTF enviroment a hacking cough is not conducive to trying to be quiet and remain hidden!
Just buying a simple dust mask for each member of your family can help you avoid all that drama!
The major benefits of dust masks are:
. They weight nothing
. They nest in each other
. They are very cheap and the M95 standard will handle most dust and other normal airborne particulates.
The simple fact is, chucking some dust masks in your Bug Out Bag is cheap insurance for when TSHTF.