The 6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care

The 6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care

Author’s note: I was recently going through my survival library.  I was paging through a book entitled “Where There Is No Doctor”, by David Werner.  The ideas and skills in the book fit in to the FSP doctrine quite nicely.  I found a section that listed the tenets health care workers should remember.  Reading them, I thought that they would make a good article.  The tenets are direct quotes from the book.  The commentary for each is my expansion on them, explaining how they would apply in a post disaster world

Post SHTF the modern health care system we’ve come to rely on will not exist.  A black swan event doesn’t even need to take place to make the previous statement true.  Even a moderately severe event, like a national monetary collapse would disrupt society to the point that people may not be able to access their current health care provider.  The one thing that is true about any event is that people will be forced to look more locally for everything, including their health care.  People in third world countries and rural areas of the developed world already deal with this issue daily.  By mere statistical probability, most of Prepography‘s readers probably don’t live in those areas.  More and more of both the U.S. and the world’s population lives in, or relatively close to large urban areas.   Even then, their health care provider may be tens of miles away.  After a major event the “village”, if you will, will become more important to them than the large service/product provider that is 20, 30, 40 or even 50 miles away.  People will be forced to rely more heavily on what is in their immediate community rather than services we currently travel long distances to reach.  Read on to learn the 6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care.

The 6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care

If they are lucky, there will be someone trained to provide medical care post SHTF in their local community.  Someone who has made their home in the area that becomes the new village and is willing to help.   Even if there is someone like that; post SHTF health care is not just their responsiblity.  It is everyone who lives in this new village.  With that in mind, here are The 6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care:

1. Health care is not only everyone’s right, but everyone’s responsibility.
The Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine (FSP) teaches that community is an important component to survival.  With that in mind, it is everyone in your group’s responsibility to look after the health of its members both individually and collectively.  One person thinking that they have the right to behave however they wish when it comes to health, hygiene and sanitation will endanger the entire group.  This is true whether your group is very small or is large enough in size to be considered a true village.

Andrew’s Note:  I think the term ‘right’ is used in too cavalier a manner these day.  It abrogates the responsibility of the individual to the group.  In a health care context this belief has also brought us dangerously close to socialized medicine.  I do wholeheartedly agree with the second part of this tenet, though.  It emphasizes the shared responsibility and shared consequences for health and hygiene within communities.  That said, I do feel a moral obligation to assist and treat others within the limits of my humble first aid training.

2. Informed self-care should be the main goal of any health program or activity.
Old wives tales, untested remedies, and such are not the basis of a good health program.  Teaching the group time-tested health and hygiene practices is paramount.  Any activity geared towards post apocalypse health care that doesn’t work towards that goal is a waste of time and effort.

3. Ordinary people provided with clear, simple information can prevent and treat most common health problems in their own homes—earlier, cheaper, and often better than doctors.
It is relatively simple to keep healthy, even in the harshest condition.  All it takes is knowledge and action.  The problem is most people don’t have the basic knowledge necessary or fail to act on that knowledge.  Any program that provides post apocalypse health care must be geared towards education.  People with formal training need to teach those without.

4. Medical knowledge should not be the guarded secret of a select few, but should be freely shared by everyone.
In primitive cultures, the witch doctor held sway over the village.  They held their secrets, many of which are now commonly know cures and remedies, close to the vest.  It is what gave them their power.  It is foolish to think that in modern times, especially in a stressful breakdown of society, that people would not revert back to such self-centered thinking.  Also, by spreading skills around redundancy and protection is provided against the loss of people with essential skill sets. It is the group’s responsibility to ensure that any knowledge about post SHTF health care is spread as widely as possible.

5. People with little formal education can be trusted as much as those with a lot. And they are just as smart.
Chances are that someone providing post apocalypse health care will not have been formally trained.  Even if they have been, chances are that they will be dealing with community health problems that reach beyond their pre collapse training and education.  That does not mean that they are incapable.  The new village must make the best with who they have on hand.

6. Basic health care should not be delivered, but encouraged.
Those providing post apocalypse health care should not look at themselves as end point providers.  They should have the heart of a teacher, and encourage the “village” to take an active part in the health of the group.

Where-There-Is-No-Doctor-smHealth Care Post SHTF – Conclusion

It is a reoccurring theme throughout FSP that your brain is the most important tool you have in your survival kit.  “6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care” does not deal with the practical application of health care but the tenants do define a starting point on which to build the foundation for a comprehensive program for post apocalypse health care within your family, group or community.

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