From the Author
Actually, I feel the contents still does not give a full picture of all what is inside this book (I limited it to first subtitles because otherwise the contents would have been long enough to be a small publication in itself!)
I am not a doctor or nurse. The highest level of professional medical training I have had is Wilderness First Responder of which the skills I used during my former profession.
It means that I had to do ALOT of research to create this book. Nothing has been "made up" and all the information has come from at least two reliable sources. Also, a lot of time was spent "deciphering" medical terms so the average person could intuitively understand the material.
Although this book is jam packed with information covering a wide variety of field-treatable ailments, no amount of reading can compare to a practical based medical course with a professional medical trainer. A standard first aid course is better than nothing, but a Wilderness First Aid Course or higher is preferable.
How to Use This Book
The information in this book is very much intertwined, so a lot of chapters are referred to each other throughout the book.
When you see something in italics it is an indicator of where you can find additional information about that subject.
This book is two parts:
Part I: Must Read Information The first part is all the background knowledge needed to effectively use the information in this book. It covers the following:
A basic rundown of how the body's systems work individually and as a whole.
How to avoid getting sick and/or injured in the first place.
First Aid Kit
An inventory and simple explanation of a suggested minimalist first aid kit for travelers.
Important information on the safe use of the medications referred to in this book.
Immediate First Aid
Contains the information needed on what to do medically in immediate, life threatening situations.
A secondary exam will help you to make an accurate medical diagnosis.
Moving a Patient
Learn a variety of methods to safely move a patient.
Part II: Diagnosis and Treatments
This section of the book is all the information you need to diagnose and treat specific medical problems that have not been covered in the Immediate First Aid chapter.
Information for each condition contains:
* A brief description about the condition.
* Symptoms that may be experienced as a result of the condition.
* Appropriate treatment(s) for the condition depending on the situation.
* Other supplementary information may also be included where applicable, e.g., causes, prevention, alternative/natural remedies, possible complications.
Note: Depending on your situation, many of the treatments may not be viable. Innovate and do the best with what you have.
I hope you do not need to refer to this book too often, but in the cases that you do, I hope it proves to be a useful reference.
Perhaps you will be happy to know that although the end result of this book is monsturous compared to my initial intention I still keep a copy of it on my phone and refer to it whenever I need to.
About the Author
Sam has had an interest in self preservation and survival (e.g. wilderness medicine, street fighting / self defense, fitness, escape and evasion, urban and wilderness survival) for as long as he can remember.
His accumulated knowledge is a result of years of formal and informal training, career related experience and general interest in survival, martial arts, the military, adventure travel and other various outdoor pursuits.
Describing himself as a 'Survival, Minimalist, Traveler', he has now devoted himself to traveling the world taking training courses (Jeet Kune Do in China, Filipino Martial Arts is the Philippines, Krav Maga in Thailand, wilderness medicine in the US, parkour in Singapore, survival courses in Africa etc.) and sharing what he learns through his training manual style books.
He is also a moderator and key contributor of SurviveTravel.com.