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Ditch Medicine : Advanced Field Procedures for Emergencies Paperback – Import, January 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873647173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873647175
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Our Alpha team medic has already made this book part of his personal library and is recommending it to others for their reference library.
Detra Fitch
This book is writen in straightforward language for those who don't know an artery from a anuerism, and step-by-step proceedures are discussed in great detail.
Huntress Reviews
It's important to know the choices and potential outcomes, so you give yourself a shot at executing a plan that could give the best chance of a recovery.
P. Pollock

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165 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Keith Lamb on February 23, 2003
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I was a disappointed with this book mainly because I had such high expectations. As a wilderness first responder on third-world country trips, I wanted a simple but definitive guide for use in locations here NO doctor or hospital was available. There is definitely a real need for such a book, but this isn't it.
Books and manuals of this type assume one of two things, either 1) there really IS definitive care available to the responder, OR 2) the responder has all the drugs, gear, and education they need on their own.
Of the two, this book is #2 - it just point-blank assumes you have ready access to injectables and emergency prescription drugs and gear. If you don't, be advised that this book will not help you very much.
The second problem I had with this book was that the descriptions and photos are of very poor quality. Having done some of these procedures I can tell you that in general the descriptions and photos are just not clear or complete enough to be able to do these procedures correctly and appropriately. Maybe the author's [costly] videos would be a much better investment.
Finally, the book is small and just leaves out a WHOLE BUNCH of even more commonly needed procedures. It is also not very current.
What is included is ok, its just that this book falls short of the need. I would really have liked to see the author tell us where to access the medications and gear he assumes you have. Oh, and I mean LEGALLY.
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114 of 122 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
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If one normally carries adrenaline doses, I.V. needles, bags, tubes, and other medical paraphinalia including a wide rage of antibotics into the field with one's self, then this is the book for him or her.
Frankly I was disappointed with the content of this book. I was looking for a book that would educate me on the do's and don't's of treating a wounded person in the wild, away from any hospital or civilization, and with just the bear neccessitites. Instead, what I got was a book that assumes it's readers carry drugs and anti-biotics around with them. This book would be a great field guide for an EMT.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ronaldhn on December 11, 2000
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This is the required textbook for the "Remote Medical Technician" program that I teach in Roatan, Honduras. It is written for individuals who routinely operate in remote isolated areas without the benefit of a doctor or hospital nearby. It is clear and concise in its presentation of advanced procedures without the usual "clutter".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "ajh573" on March 11, 2003
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Ditch Medicine succinctly provides practical emergency medical knowledge that will allow the reader to render effective patient care from the veldt to the rain forest.
Written in a professional manner the writer departs from extensive use of technical terms therefore making topics understandable and more importantly palatable.
Extensive footnotes allow the reader an invaluable resource for additional study.
The book has been out for some time but the fundamental soundness of the narrative (particularly the chapter on small wound repair) prevents the book from being considered dated.
The writer waste no energy on abstract improvised emergency medical devices or quasi legal means of obtaining medication. Preparedness is the underlying theme recognizing that it is incumbent on the reader to provide advanced life support with task specific equipment.
I highly recommend this book to the layman who foresees himself rendering emergency medical care in a remote location.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2002
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That is what Ditch Medicine is about. If you are just going to
stablise the person and shout into your cel phone for the ER
to get ready while you drive the SUV back to town this isnt
your book. If you are stuck somewhere and there is no medical
help coming soon and the situation is bad THIS IS YOUR BOOK.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on March 14, 2003
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It doesn't matter where you are, or what the situation is, if you, a team member, family member or friend is injured, you do what you have to do to save their life or treat the condition! Period! As survivalists we know that we may not always have access to a sanitary emergency room and a half-asleep doctor in the middle of the night. If that time comes, this is the book to have! This book teaches advanced field procedures for small wound repair, pain control, care of infected wounds, IV therapy, amputations, treatment of burns, airway procedures and much much more.
This book is writen in straightforward language for those who don't know an artery from a anuerism, and step-by-step proceedures are discussed in great detail. Pictures of suturing, debriding wounds and many other items show you what a thousand words cannot describe. So many techniques and how-to's are discussed that there is not room here to elaborate on all of them. Let's just say this book is pretty complete. Pair it with a few other reference manuals and you greatly increase your chances of saving a loved one's life in a disaster situation!
The Down Side: None, well thought out with lots of diagrams and procedure pictures
Would WE Buy It?: Oh Yes! Our Alpha team medic has already made this book part of his personal library and is recommending it to others for their reference library. I consider this to be a companion to the US Army's Special Forces Medical handbook.
Technical Specs: Book size is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, softcover, w/photos and illustrations., 224 pages. ISBN 0873647173
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