Resources for Medical Care in SHTF

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Prolonged Prehospital Care aka Wilderness Medicine and Tactical Combat Causality Care (TCCC) are going to be the norm after a collapse. Meaning guess what your availability to advanced health care will be limited or non-existent. Also supplies will be limited. So I am going to present the best medical reading you can get for the lay audience.

Public Domain SHTF Medical Publications

“Where There is No Doctor” is the best book you can download for free. It covers everything you will need. Including a list of The World Health Organizations Top 200 Medications. It also teaches how to treat many ailments without the use of medications. I HIGHLY recommend this website. There are also many companion publications that go along with this. Including “Where There Is No Dentist” and books on Midwives that are all free.

TCCC and Medical Blogs

Tactical Medical Solutions

You would think that TacMedSolutions would have a conflict of interest or a strong bias when they publish their blog. It is obvious when it happens but you shouldn’t discount the information they provide. There is a particularly useful entry on the 101 uses of a cravat/triangle bandage. Read the TacMedSolutions Blog.

Wilderness Medical Association

The Wilderness Medical Association is the center of the wilderness medical universe. They have plenty of good articles on how to treat medical emergencies using less than optimal equipment. Also if you want to put together a first aid kit this is a good resource. Read the Wilderness Medical Association Blog.



I have plenty of APPS on my iPod and some have been invaluable. If you have a Apple iOS or Android, there are plenty of good APPS that will be good to download that do not require internet connectivity to use. Medication Guide: FREE for Android. With this app I can see a pill with M357 imprinted upon it and know that it is Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen 5-500mg. It is a CSA Schedule 3 drug with moderate abuse potential. I can also see what it is used to treat. There is even a picture of it… I can’t tell you how useful this APP is.

Merck Manual Professional Edition: Price $34.99. Okay so this one cost you 50 bucks. It is worth it if you are a Nurse/Medic/Or Doctor. If you are not the home version which is only $9.99 might be more your style. I can’t tell you how invaluable the professional edition has been to me.

EMS ACLS Guide: Price $7.99. This is a fast and handy reference for ACLS and other medical emergencies. That you can refer to after you have treated major life threats. It is also a helpful study reference.

Medical Publications for SHTF

The Field Guide To Wilderness Medicine: This book is worth it’s weight in gold. There is so much improvised techniques and rock solid advice from the 3 foremost experts in wilderness medicine. In fact I suggest this book way more than I would the Special Forces Medical Handbook. Why? Well Dr. Eric A Wiess wrote the Special Forces curriculum and contributed to this… and this is more up to date. So buy this one instead. SO SO WORTH IT. In fact if I could only have one book this would be it. So much good information in it.

Combat Medic Field Reference: Every time I heard “BLACK! THAT IS NOT IN YOUR SCOPE OF PRACTICE!” I would produce this guide and show people how wrong they are. It is a good publication. It is way cheaper than the 68W handbook and I have used it WAY more.


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About David Black

Trained and Certified: National Registry EMT, Wilderness EMT, US Army 68W, Tactical Combat Causality Care (TCCC), Basic Life Support for Healthcare Workers, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, US Coast Guard Medical Person In-Charge, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support. International Trauma Life Support. HAM Radio Technician. Trained and Certified to Instruct: Combat Life Saver Instructor and Community Emergency Response Team Trainer. CPR, AED, First Aid.

4 thoughts on “Resources for Medical Care in SHTF

  1. People should seek the assistance of their local militia members, first responders and USAF medics to seek additional training in conjunction with a diligence to studying. Study, train, implement.

  2. I should point out that Field Guides are not really meant for field use in the sense that they can be exposed to the elements. Keep them out of the weather. It should seem obvious. The above is NOT a substitute for training but rather an aid to training. You should have some level of medical training before you utilize these resources.

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