Choices, And the Degree Of Consequences



I was asked the other day who I believed would make the best President. That conversation evolved into “Well who are you voting for?”. Here was my answer. If I was voting for who I thought was the best person for the job, by way of their principles and ability, it would be a vote for Castle from the Constitution Party . I am a member of the Constitution Party, and although there are a number of issues I have with the Founding Fathers, and the some of the hypocrisy of the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution (the “Necessary Clause being a big one that was set up for failure. Was it by design? I don’t know.), I still think they have forwarded the most squared away Presidential candidates since I joined it in the late 90’s.

In the past I’ve written that a vote for one candidate over another that was just “Less evil” was something that I loathed, and would only choose to do in a “nuclear” situation. Guess what? We have a “Nuclear” situation. This election is about not allowing a criminal that is devoid of ethics, morality (these are not subjective, we know what is right, and what is wrong, and it is codified in the ten commandments, and common malum in se law), or the ability to lead this country. It is about not allowing that criminal the opportunity to appoint SCOTUS judges that will echo judicial activism and precedents for at least a century . It is about not allowing that criminal not send our military into harms way to enrich the military industrial complex and Wall Street.


It is about never again allowing this criminal to have a say over the lives of our government personnel and leaving them to die out of convenience and to cover up treasonous actions of herself and the President. It is about not allowing that criminal to allow an influx of legal and illegal immigration into this country that will destroy any vestige of what we still hold onto concerning what America is and has stood for. It is about not allowing that criminal to purposely allow an element into this country that will terrorize the populace into submitting to their archaic and sadistic ideological edicts.

I do not like Trump. I think his personal life (which is none of my business, but we all know about it now, don’t we?) is an example of what is carnally wrong with our society. I am no saint, but if you think the conversation he had with Billy Bush is how “real men” talk, and that’s your litmus test definition of a “real man”, then I guess you also agree that carrying a gun “makes you a real man” too, huh? It is harder, and more definitive of being a “real man” to not talk like that in the face of those that you want to get along with, and be liked by.

I could care less about his conversation, but let’s be honest, there are way to many people out there making excuses for it and saying it’s OK, just because he’s “their guy”, and really, there is no excuse for it. If you have to make excuses for that type of behavior and say “Boys will be boys.” well, you might want to honestly revisit what you think is ethical and moral, because it’s just an “Excuse”, and that has a range of “Zero meters”. What if your married Daughter was the ones the comment was directed towards?

The bottom line is that Trump is not a criminal, Trump is just a braggart. Trump has given people the desire to overtly say “America First!” (that used to be normal), which is as it should be. If Trump does only 25% of what he has said he will, we will be miles ahead of every President since Reagan. Trump is not an evil man and he’s definitely not a criminal. Mike Pense is not an evil man. I think Pense is one of the most squared away candidates to grace the final stage in decades.

Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Crime Family (It’s now obvious that the Clinton Foundation is a criminal enterprise) are evil and corrupt, and have an agenda to destroy this nation, along with her “Igor”, Tim Kaine as a willing accomplice to this plan. I haven’t said much publicly about the election up to this point, because I believe everyone has to make their own decision for what’s best for them, using what is readily available. In this election it’s obvious that if you are all about freebees and entitlements on the backs of people who actually have jobs and work for a living, the Succubus is for you.

If you are an American and love the traditional values that are inherent with that idea, we have no other choice if we want to see them continue for a time, but to vote for Donald Trump. Ask yourself, if Trump does not win, will there ever even be another election where a clear choice can be made? Ask yourself what can Clinton do in just four years via “The pen and the phone”? What can Clinton do by stacking the SCOTUS with someone who mirrors her “vision”? What can Clinton do through different agencies and departments by appointing their leadership, and giving them their marching orders?


If the criminal becomes President, she will double down on all the methods that Obama proved were useful in the last eight years. Without an opposition, it will be a steamroller. The Republicants of Congress won’t help us. They’ve proven that in the last eight years, their “opposition” was similar to Neville Chamberlain’s “Peace in our Time”speech, and amounted to that which fills a hot air balloon. Hell, some of them are in on the criminality!

“But JC, I refuse to vote because it is rigged.” I agree, you are correct, but even rigged elections have surprised some when the smoke cleared. “But JC, I refuse to vote because I don’t think any candidate is worthy.” To a certain degree, that is mostly true as well, but honestly, what are you expecting out of a society that promotes the likes of Beyonce, Miley Cirrus, and an avowed Socialist like Bernie Sanders? “But JC, I refuse to vote because I want it to fall apart and get it over with.”. As much as I understand that sentiment, that’s like saying you’re gonna cut the brake line in your car because you want to wreck it and get the insurance money to buy a new car. What happens after the criminal wins has a few guarantees, and there is a very good chance that it will not go the direction you want it to.

If you are not voting out of realistic principle, go for it, it is your right. If you are not voting because you are a lazy ass and don’t want to take the time, please don’t ever tell me, or those that feel the way I do, especially if you’re in my perimeter after the SHTF. That would be gasoline on a fire, and I’ll leave it at that. If you are voting for the 3rd party dope smoker and his gun grabbing VP partner, that again is your right. There again, if you link up with me after SHTF, please don’t bother telling me, because that tells me you can’t be trusted to be in the security rotation due to a lack of common sense. You’d probably like to “make points” that our security “sucks”, so you let in a few bad guys to teach a “valuable” lesson. If you are voting 3rd party for Stein and the “Greenies”. go for it, she will pull votes from Clinton, not Trump.

I’ve typed these thoughts because I can. How much longer that will be allowed if the criminal wins is anyone’s guess. most of those I see saying they want to “Get it on” with a revolution, civil war, etc. have not only not seen a war in real time, but they have never even been in the military. Being Prior Service give you a unique perspective of what a war might be like just due to the training and first hand accounts by your trainers. Being a Combat Veteran gives you a perspective that you never want to experience the horror of it again unless you absolutely have to, and you definitely don’t want your loved ones to see and experience it first hand.

I see a Trump win as just giving us a little more time and some breathing room. Inevitably, we will eventually be lead down a path to war, collapse or both in this nation. Preparing yourself locally by organizing your neighborhood, collecting the gear and supplies needed to sustain you and yours, and showing others how and what to prepare is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. As I told my Son the other day, “When you show responsibility in small things, you will be given bigger tasks and responsibilities that befit the respect you’ve earned and responsibility you’ve shown. Some of these responsibilities are ones you desire, some are not. Being an adult is not about reaching an age in years, it’s about showing that you can make responsible, ethical, and moral decisions when no one is around, and physically follow through on them when necessary.”

Referring to the earlier “Breathing room” statement, a Trump win could lead us right into a civil war or collapse. The thing is this, if it’s gonna happen here, who do you want in charge overall? A person who has shown support for those who will riot on a whim, and have no respect for someone not of their “type”, and will kill or injure those they see as “The enemy” because of their screwed up paradigm. Or, do you want a guy who will take control and squash that crap like a bug? Mark my words, you will probably still have to defend hearth and home, but I can tell you from personal combat experience that being able to “Call in the Cavalry”, and knowing you are not an “island unto yourself” in a fight, has a morale and motivational quality all it’s own.

The info that has come out in this election cycle has shown that there is no “Rule of Law” in DC. The corruption that has been proven to exist in the Federal Government permeates every agency, and department, and especially, the administration. Do you want that to continue and get markedly worse, or do you want someone to make those people and departments accountable. Trump might or might not do that, but even if he doesn’t go after the corruption, I believe he will try and “Stem the bleed” that is evident. These are my thoughts and there is only one thing I expect of those that are responsible and will read this. Think about what I’ve said and determine if it is fact. Then, FOLLOW THROUGH!



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TOWR Commo Class Prep

The Order of The White Rose (TOWR) will be running a 1 Day Basic Introduction to Radio and Communication Class November 5th 2016 in the Greater Seattle Area.

Class will be 6 to 8 hours, cost is $50.00, location will be provided upon registration. Email us to register!

This class will touch on the following areas:
– Radio and Communications Basic Theory and Terminology
– Radio Capabilities and Operating Techniques
– Introduction to the Equipment, Radios, Antenna’s, Power, Connections and Cable
– What type of Radio should you buy, Walmart Walki-Talkie, Baofeng, UHF/VHF vs HF
– How Repeaters work and how radio waves act
– Use of Your Radio
– How to Program Your Radio
– Introduction to Scanners and their uses in your area
– Local and National Education Resources
– Introduction to SDR (Software Defined Radio) and Ham-Net

Our goals for this class are:
1st – To give attendees a basic information foundation in the area of Communications. However this is class is notintended to be provide attendees enough information to pass their Ham Radio License Test, its a start but not intended to do that.
2nd – To provide enough practical information that attendees can evaluate the use of Radios in establishing their own Communication networks for families, neighborhood, Group and nearby Groups.
3rd – The Order of the White Rose will be sponsoring Sparks31’s, 2 day Grid-Down/Resilient Communications Class in the Seattle area, June 2017. Our intent is to provide attendees enough information to get the maximum value from what Sparks31 teaches in that class. Without this basic foundation sometimes getting that value is like trying to get a drink of water out of a hydrant.
Sparks31 Grid-Down/Resilient Communications ClassInformation
– Email us and register for both classes now! The Sparks31 class WILL sell out!



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WRSA Sends: The Grid Down Hospital/The Library

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Grid Down Hospital: Part IV – Medical Books For Your Hospital Library


Flighterdoc sends:

Medical Books

Where to get these books

Obviously, if you have the interest and budget, the easiest place to get these is from Since you don’t need the latest editions of most of them, buying used books from Amazon, or from is perfectly adequate. You can also check Ebay, local bookstores (new or used) or most any other source. Public libraries probably won’t have a good collection of this level of medical books, and you can’t keep the books indefinitely. Some may be available as electronic books (legitimately or pirated). If you go this route then print them out. It may be much less expensive to just buy them, then pay for ink to print out a several hundred page book.

The time to get and study these books is before you need the knowledge in them. And since the quality of electronic versions can be spotty, plus electronic readers can fail, get the paper copies even though many of these textbooks (and others) are available

Medical textbooks are normally referred to by the primary authors’ name, and most of these books are listed that way. They are all listed with sufficient information that they can be identified on Amazon or whatever. Many are also available as illegal downloads, as well.

Generally, you don’t have to have the latest version of a medical textbook – but you don’t want one that is decades out of date, either.

Medical science does change, and things that were considered appropriate treatment even ten years ago are now known to be dangerous, or vice-versa, so try and use the most current books available and review several different books for a consensus for treatment.

Before you start

Medical Terminology

Chabner, Medical Terminology: A short course

Medicine has its own language, and words mean very specific things. You need to understand this language.

Medical Dictionary (Professional level). Any of the following dictionaries are fine, preference for one or another is purely personal.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary
Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary

Laypersons level

Merriam-Websters Medical Dictionary

English Dictionary

Sometimes you have to get to basics to understand the topic.

Basic Medical Texts: Common textbooks used in current Medical School curriculums, and following a more or less typical progression of courses. These give you the fundamental knowledge to be able to effectively use the specialty books and pocket guides mentioned later.

Anatomy – How the body is put together in a general sense. Keep in mind that nobody is exactly like the pictures, there is no such thing as ‘normal’ when talking about people – just ‘normal range’.

Netter (Drawings of how the body is supposed to look)
Rohen (Photos of how embalmed bodies actually look. Live people, and unembalmbed bodies, don’t look at all like these pictures.)

Gray’s Anatomy – The various commemorative reprints of early editions are not only wrong, they are in some cases dangerous. Avoid them as a reference source and only use a modern version which can be hard to determine since the commemorative reprints have current print dates….it might be better to skip this one for the others.

Embryology (How the fetus develops) Included for completeness, not a lot you can do about the process.

Langmans’s Medical Embryology

Histology (The anatomy and purpose of individual types of cells) If you have access to a good microscope and various stains, you might be able to differentiate cells to good purpose. At the very least understand that the body is made of different kinds of cells, which have specific purposes.

Junqueira’s Basic Histology
Wheater’s Functional Histology: Atlas

Medical Research, Epidemiology and Biostatistics – Being able to interpret reports is critical – aside from the baseline knowledge there is a skill to reading and extracting information from the reports, and understanding what they say and what they don’t say and why. The short version is that popular media reports are usually 100% wrong, and even the executive summary of actual studies sometimes are partially wrong.

Riegelman, Studying the Study and Testing the Test
Clinical Biostatistics and Epidemiology Made Ridiculously Simple


Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry

Biochemistry (What makes the different ‘machines’ in the body work. Understanding biochemistry and physiology is essential to understanding HOW to fix things, not just a checklist approach.)

Lippincott, Review of Biochemistry
Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry

Physiology (how the different parts of the body are supposed to work)

Guyton and Hall, Physiology

These next two are only useful if you actually have the ability to monitor EKGs. An AED will NOT give you that capability.

Dubin, Rapid Interpretation of EKG’s
Garcia, 12-Lead ECG: The Art of Interpretation


While this is taught in med school, it’s probably useless grid-down (it’s not terribly useful now, except in understanding and explaining what has gone wrong). Genetics is a rapidly expanding field, however, and the technology is becoming more available.


Understanding microbiology allows one to determine what illness a person may have, and which of the many different antibiotics are appropriate (if any) to treat that illness.

Pathology: What goes wrong in how things work in the body

Robbins, Principals of Pathology (any edition after the 5th, and any version except the pocket book).
Goljan, Rapid Review Pathology

Neuroscience (How the brain and central nervous system is built). While working on the brain grid down is probably a losing proposition, understanding the nervous system, especially the spine, is useful.

Snell, Neuroanatomy
Haines, Neuroanatomy in Clinical Context


Katzung, Basic and Clinical Pharmacology
Pharmacology, Lippincott Illustrated Review

Clinical Skills, Physical Exam

Bates Guide to Physical Exam and History Taking: (Kind of basic, Barbara Bates was a nurse who wrote these books for nursing students, but a good intro). Get the big book, and then the pocket book as a memory aid.

Bates Videos: There are some truly boring videos that go with the Bates Guide. You can find them on Youtube.

Swartz, Textbook of Physical Diagnosis: History and Examination (better for PE)
DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination (My personal favorite for PE)

Generally, STAY AWAY from the following:

The Dummies Series….your patients don’t need any dummies, and these books are just too basic.
Board Review Series (or similar) books – these are for cramming before medical board tests, and expect you to already have a grasp of the fundamentals. The “First Aid” series (First aid for the boards, First Aid for Surgery, etc) is also a book to stay away from unless you’re cramming for the medical boards.

Not quite Medical school level books that might be useful

These books are commonly community-college or EMT/Paramedic level training

Tortora, Principals of Anatomy and Physiology
Costanza, Physiology

Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured – the classic book for training EMT basics
Prehospital Trauma Life Support

Medical Specialty Books

These are commonly used in the third and fourth year of medical school when students are exposed to the various specialties of medicine, and patients, and are also the basic books (there are many more) for each specialty.


Schwartz, Principals of Surgery
Skandalakis, Surgical Anatomy and Technique
Giddings, Surgical Knots and Suturing Techniques: While I generally don’t recommend laypeople suturing, this is a good primer on how to.

Internal Medicine

Harrison’s Internal Medicine
Kelley, Textbook of Internal Medicine

Family Medicine

Taylor Manual of Family Practice
Singleton Primary Care
Rakel, Textbook of Family Practice

Emergency Medicine

Rosen’s Emergency Medicine
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine
Ma, Emergency Medicine Manual
Buttaraviolli, Minor Emergencies – Splinters to Fractures

Pediatrics (Kids are not just small adults)

The Harriet Lane Handbook of Pediatrics
Nelson, Textbook of Pediatrics

Obstetrics / Gynecology

Beckman, Obstetrics and Gynecology


McRae, Practical Fracture Treatment
Hull and Bacon, Introduction to Dislocations
Chapman, Orthopedic Surgery


Halestrap, Simple Dental Care for Rural Hospitals
Nara, How to become dentally self sufficient
Oxford Handbook of Dental Patient Care

Disaster Medicine

Koening, Disaster Medicine
Ciottone, Disaster Medicine
Antosia, Handbook of Bioterrorism and Disaster Medicine


The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Illustrated Manual of Ophthalmology
The Wills Eye Manual


Brown, Atlas of Regional Anesthesia
Anesthesia, Longnecker
Miller, Anesthesia

Frequently Handy Books

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy– From the last 20 years or so

Gomella Scut Monkeys Guide

Tarascon Pharmacopia – Any edition from the last 5 years or so should be fine

Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy – Any edition from the last 5 years or so should be fine

Giddings and Giddings, Surgical Knots and Suturing Techniques, any edition is good

Trott, Wounds and Lacerations

Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, 2nd Ed,

Physicians Desk Reference – one from the last 5 year or so should be fine, you can often get them for free from your physician or pharmacist. The pictures are most useful for identifying pills.

Book Series that may be useful; additional (not primary) sources:

Lippincots Illustrated Reviews Series

Medmaster Made Ridiculously Simple Series

The Washington Manual Series

The Oxford Medical Book Series

The Pocket Medicine Series

Current Diagnosis and Treatment Series

The 5-Minute Clinical Consult Series

The Ships Medical Chest and Medical Care at Sea

Auerbach, Wilderness Medicine and the Field Guide

Iserson, Improvised Medicine: Medical Care in Resource Poor Situations

Special Operations Forces Medical Handbook, 2nd Ed,

Ranger Medical Handbook

Special Forces Medical Handbook, ST31-91B This book is useful ONLY for the ideas on austere camp setups and veterinary medicine. The human medical information in it is of extremely poor quality, and consists mostly of war stories and old wives tales that were written down and put into a book. Be very careful with this one.

Buttaravoli, Minor Emergencies: Splinters to Fractures

Oxford Handbook: Acute Medicine

Oxford Handbook: Tropical Medicine

Oxford Handbook: Emergency Medicine

Coffee, Ditch Medicine

Issac, Wilderness and Rescue Medicine

Wilkerson, Medicine for Mountaineering

Flint’s Emergency Treatment & Management, 7th edition (out of print x 20 years, many around, the single best black bag book ever, covers camel bites – ‘Nair’ poisoning – and a million other things found nowhere else)

Medical Training and Education

There are a number of ways the layperson can get medical training. There is a sort of hierarchy to basic first aid training, usually named something like:
Standard First Aid – a one or two day class from the Red Cross
Advanced First Aid –
Emergency Medical Responder / First Responder
Emergency Medical Technician, I or Basic
Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Just because a person is an EMT-Advanced, or Paramedic, they don’t usually have any special authority when they are not actually on duty, and under the control of a medical doctor. Some states have scopes of practice for off-duty EMT’s…it pays to check out your local policies.

Wilderness Training

There are several wilderness first aid programs – such as Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness EMR, etc…

Except in Colorado, there is no actual official recognition of this level of training. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get it, on the contrary I recommend these sorts of classes to anyone who wants to learn more.

Wilderness first aid has to treat people with fewer resources, and fewer people, and often in difficult conditions (terrain, weather), and for longer periods. Unfortunately, the regular pre-hospital training programs all assume that more help (paramedics, hospital, etc) are nearby.

It is possible to get wilderness add-on ratings for existing EMR or EMT ratings, or take wilderness first aid classes. They usually take a few days more than a standard class, and involve a lot of practical field experience. From time to time other organizations (American Red Cross, Scouting USA, various wilderness adventure training programs) offer wilderness medical training. If they don’t provide certification from one of the following, I’d pass them by – you are investing some time and money in a course that may be quite good, or quite bad.

Wilderness Training Providers

Wilderness Medical Associates
National Outdoor Leadership Courses (NOLS)
SOLO Schools
From time to time other organizations may offer wilderness courses, if they are not certified to one of the above organizations standards I’d pass them by.

Online (Free) courses

Actual university (not really graduate) level courses in various medically related topics – free for the taking
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Online Resources

These do not replace the knowledge above, they supplement it. Print the .pdf’s out while you can.

Ethicon Wound Closure:
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Ethicon wound closure manual:
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Stewart and Stewart, Austere Medical Sterilization
Accessed 1 Oct 2016

World Health Organization

Surgical Care at the District Hospital
Accessed 15 May 2015

Integrated Management for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (IMEESC) toolkit
Accessed 15 May 2015

International Medical Guide for Ships: Including the Ship’s Medicine Chest
Accessed 15 May 2015

Basic Hospital Equipment
Accessed 16 May 2015

Global Help

Basics of Wound Care
Accessed 15 May 2015

Practical Plastic Surgery for Non Surgeons
Accessed 15 May 2015

And many others:

US Army Medical Department Borden Institute
Accessed 15 May 2015
Many different specialties, all free for the download.

Hesperian Health Guides
Accessed 15 May 2015

Home of Where there is no Doctor, Where there is no Dentist, and others geared strictly towards very basic laypeople

Epidemiology and prevention of vaccine-preventable disease
Accessed 15 May 2015

The Medical Aspects of Radiation Incidents 15 May 2015

FEMA / DHS publications:
These were written by AMR, the largest private ambulance company in the US…I’d recommend downloading them as soon as possible and then printing them out.

Available titles include (accessed 9 October 2016)

















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WRSA Sends: The Grid Down Hospital /Continued

I will post as many of these as Concerned American at WRSA will put up. We started with this post the other day. Good stuff.


Grid Down Hospital: Part III – Tools


Flighterdoc sends:

Basic Tools

Certain basic tools are needed to perform medicine. While all are not needed on every patient, some are and are needed to properly perform an exam and diagnose patients.

Stethoscope – A cheap stethoscope is good for taking blood pressures in a quiet room and not much more. A good stethoscope can cost several hundred dollars, without getting into electronic ‘scopes. Good brands include 3-M Littman, Welch-Allyn and Hewlett-Packard, ADC is a mid-range brand. It is possible to find good stethoscopes at reasonable prices. Be careful with “Sprague-Rappaport” (a style and not a brand) dual tube scopes, if the tubes rub against each other you get noise. If that’s all you have, tape the two tubes together. Sources include Amazon, Ebay, and, among others.

BP Cuff set – Actually called an aneroid sphygmomanometer, these are the common things that get wrapped around your arm and pumped up. You should have a kit with different sized cuffs, a cuff that is too small for the arm will read high, and too large for the arm will read low. Automated home BP units are nearly worthless – they are expensive, use power, and are frequently quite inaccurate. If you should happen on a mercury sphygmomanometer that is still intact, great – they are fairly accurate over the long haul, and as long as the glass doesn’t break, safe enough.

Headlamp – Preferably a bright and adjustable output LED version. Actually, you should have several. This can be one you use for camping, it doesn’t have to be a medical version. I keep one in my locker at work and occasionally use it in day to day work in my ED.

LED lights have pretty well changed flashlights in the last few years. LED’s are typically whiter, can be brighter and certainly uses less battery power. A headlamp can be used to perform minor or major surgical procedures, work on patients at night, and just is a handy thing to have. They can be purchased almost anywhere, including Amazon or even Wal-Mart for $10-15 or less. Combined with a small solar battery charger and rechargeable batteries, you should be able to have light for quite some time.

Thermometer, normal range, oral – Get a digital version and a bunch of the plastic sleeves for it, and just replace it yearly (it’s cheaper than trying to find the battery and replacing it). Wal-Mart, your local drug store, or Amazon.

For when you can’t replace the digital battery, get (several) glass medical thermometers – oral and rectal, (the only real difference is the taste) and a small dish or tray to disinfect them in. You will also need a program or policy to clean them between different patients: I suggest having one for each admitted patient and do a thorough sterilization between patients, don’t use them across patients. You can use the same sleeves as for the digital thermometers on them to make hygiene a bit easier.

Thermometer, hypothermia – This is a lower than normal reading thermometer. Most of the same comments for regular thermometers apply, with the exception of finding them at Wal-Mart, and they are a bit more expensive. Handy when treating a suspected hypothermia patient.

Tuning fork, 128 Hz and 256 Hz – Refer to for reasons. (Accessed 1 Oct 2016)

Oto-Ophthalmoscope – This is the tool that doctors use to look at your eyes, and in your ears. While it is two different tools, they are usually combined with a common handle/battery pack. Of the two, the otoscope is probably the most useful, and the least expensive: You can get them at Wal-mart for less than $10, while a professional tool is several hundreds. They require batteries.

Pulse Oximeter – A small device that usually clips onto a fingertip and provides a reading on the amount of oxygen in the blood (showing how well oxygen is getting to the rest of the body) and usually the pulse. These can be purchased from Amazon and the usual sources for around $25 and up, and require battery power.

Watch with second hand, wind-up – This can be a simple and inexpensive watch, if you don’t already have a wind-up look for an old Timex at a swap meet, pawn broker or online. You should have a wind-up for when you can’t get a replacement battery, and the sweep second hand makes it easier to time things like respirations.

Patient Charts -There’s a saying in medicine – if you didn’t write it down, you didn’t do it. So, some sort of charting for your patients is in order. The government, of course, has all sorts of forms for this, some of which are actually useful. You can download government forms from
(Accessed 1 October 2016).

Some of the more useful ones include SF 88, SF 93, and some of the 500-series forms. You can download and print them out if they will be useful for you. You could also make your own if you want, on plain paper. You will need clip boards, pens, 3-ring binders, large envelopes and file folders. Some post-it notes might be useful as well as 3×5 and 4×6 index cards, all of which are commonly available. Don’t forget pens and pencils.

Tool and Supply Sources

As mentioned, many tools are commonly available at Wal-Mart, your local drug store, online at Amazon, Ebay, etc.

Other sources include some of the following online stores – I’ve purchased from them all. (All accessed on 16 May 2015).

Government Surplus

Sometimes, if you know what you’re looking for you can buy US Government surplus. Generally the government isn’t getting rid of equipment that works well, that is complete, or is even safe to use so extreme caution is necessary.

The website is

Refer to the upcoming “Grid Down Hospital: Central Supply” for more tools and storage.

We will talk about what to do with this stuff in another article.



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Sparks Sends Some Perspective

Sunday, October 9, 2016

What I’d like you to do tonight.

This is what a sunset over the Rocky Mountains looks like, although the picture doesn’t really do it justice.

This is an old-fashioned coffee percolator.  It is how people made coffee before K-Cups.  It is also the real way to make coffee.


This is an example of a good multimeter.  It costs ten times as much as the one you’d buy at Harbor Freight, and is worth every penny. Mine is now 20 years old.  If you do anything beyond the most casual work with electricity and electronics, you need a good multimeter.  Since you will eventually have to troubleshoot your equipment and radio setup, you should put a priority on getting a good meter and other test equipment.

Here is what I want you to do tonight.

Brew yourself a a couple cups of coffee the old-fashioned way.  Don’t screw around with the damn K-Cups.  Grind some beans, toss them in the percolator with some well water, and put it on the stove.  If caffeine keeps you up, use decaf. Kick back,enjoy the sunset and a cup of coffee with your significant other.  Bonus points if you use a camp stove or fire.

Congratulations.  Welcome to the human race.

Now turn off your Internet, go to your radio room/corner, and turn on all your receivers.  The scanner should be listening to the local public safety traffic, and your shortwave set should have something interesting on.

Using your multimeter, measure the total current draw from your power supply to your receiving equipment.

That’s how many amps your setup is drawing.

Now divide the total Amp Hour rating of your emergency power setup (I bet most of you have a deep cycle battery) by two.

Divide that number by the number of Amps your equipment is drawing.  That’s how many hours you can listen on your current emergency power setup.

Are you happy with that amount of time?  If not, then you need to work on your emergency power capability.

Now keep your Internet disconnected for the rest of the night, and listen to the airwaves a while.

Repeat the coffee and sunset thing as often as you like.  Use remaining after sunset time to work on your radio room/corner.

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Good advice.
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