The 3 T’s of common occurring medical issues in the bush.
The Wilderness Medical Society posts up every few years the most common injuries occurring in the wild side of the world. Not surprisingly the data is a bit off but there are importing things to be learned from the data.
First is people are getting better at reporting injuries to the appropriate people for these studies.
Second is you would think at some point there would be fewer injuries by percentage over the long term. But this is not the case.
Penetrating, blunt and thermal trauma ( stabs, thumps and burns) is way down at the bottom of the list with very few comparatively occurring per year, as opposed to the most common injuries which compose the 3 T’s of common medical issues.
T1- Tummy- carry diarrhea meds and a way to replenish lost fluids and minerals
T2- Toes- Blisters are right there, next to Revenge of the under cooked hot dogs, for commonality.
How to solve this one? Don’t get a blister is obvious. Moleskin
a small bottle of Benzoine Tincture
and some duct tape , you are back on your feet in 10 minutes. Not pretty, and definitely extremely painful with Benzoine on bare flesh under the loose skin but it works great. Not to mention it is a great medical adhesive to hold bandages and moleskin where you put it. Just let it dry.
T3- Tolerance (pain) – if you can get them, perscription meds are the best but if you are making a kit yourself, acetaminophen and Ibuprofen, perhaps some Naproxen is a good idea.
It all fits in a small sandwich sized heavy plastic bag in the arm pocket of my smock.
Thanks to multiple site research and Jride @USRSOG