Written by Mykel Hawke
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO SAVE YOUR FAMILY'S LIVES?
One of the most important things you can focus on to save the lives of your loved ones is teaching them first aid and basic health.
Of course, the training will have to fit the age and ability level of each member but the good thing is that this training not only enhances any survival and prepper situation, but it serves the whole family well in every day life for the rest of their lives.
Mykel teaching his Son, Gabriel, how to dress a wound.
IF THEY WERE HURT- WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
At any given moment, an accident can happen. It can occur at home, in the yard, on the road or on any family outing. These are simple facts of life.But despite this truth, most folks do not have a first aid plan or a plan for rendering first aid to their loved ones at any time or anywhere.
Hawke suturing young boy in Latin America.
IF THEY WERE SICK- WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Another big issue that folks often forget about is having medicines readily available. We usually think when the kids get sick, we can get them home and take care of it, but sometimes, that can be delayed and in survival situations, that won't be an option.
Hawke assessing young kids in Latin America.
WHAT TOOLS AND MEDS DO YOU HAVE TO SAVE THEIR LIVES?
It's a good idea for any house hold to have some medical tools. Simple things like Thermometers are a good start, but there are many other useful implements that can help to assess and treat your loved ones. Blood Pressure Cuffs - Use automatics to check their healthPulse Oximeters - Great to assess how well they're breathingStethoscopes- To listen to their heart and lungs and tummiesOtoScope- Can be used to look in ears for infection and obstructionSplints- SAM Splints are the best for almost any need.Dressings- The Israeli Bandage is one of the best single dressings Bandage Scissors- Can be a life saver in many waysTourniquet- Can be a life saver in trauma, easy for kids to use
Hawke with Paramedic a Kit.
Israeli Bandage is like 3 dressings in 1, including a tourniquet, and kids can use it, it's what I am teaching my son to use on me above.
COULD THEY TREAT THEMSELVES IF YOU WEREN'T THERE?
This is where every Parent should be focusing once they cover the basics. Make sure your kids know how to assess themselves if they aren't feeling well and what they can do about it as well as what to do if they find themselves alone with a major cut or broken bone.
Mykel teaching soldiers.
WHAT KIT AND SUPPLIES HAVE YOU GIVEN THEM TO SAVE LIVES?
It's a good idea to keep some level of first aid kit on your kids, even if it is some bandaids of various sizes, perhaps a tiny hand gel to clean the wound and small tube of antibiotic ointment with pain relief is good. Depending on the child & age, tiny travel packs of some meds. Examples: Tylenol - For aches and painsPepto-Bismol - For upset tummies and diarrheaBenadryl - For allergies, nausea and anaphylaxis
Mykel teaching Scouts.
Soldiers testing with first aid bag and kit on the ground.
WHERE DO YOU KEEP YOUR MEDS & BAGS?
It's a good idea to have some level of medical capability on you at all times. A simple dressing on your person can be a scarf or handkerchief or even a T-shirt to stop life endangering hemorrhage. It's good to keep a basic first aid dressing in your purse, brief case or school bag, as well as one in your glove compartment for quick reach and a full kit in your trunk. You should have a complete aid bag in your home that includes basic drugs as well as any emergency medicine, e.g. Epipens
Mykel with DHS Students, Aid Bags & Training Aids.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU INVENTORIED SUPPLIES?
Medications expire, but if stored well, they are often good long past the due date, so, don't throw them out if they look to be in good shape. But sometimes the do go bad, or get used and that's a good time to replace.
Mykel with Pharmacy in Latin America.
HOW FREQUENTLY DO YOU REVIEW & REFRESH TRAINING?
Everyone should review their skills at least once a year. Maybe a medical weekend with 1 day for first aid, and 1 day for illnesses, as each year, the kids' abilities to learn and retain will get better and they can advance their knowledge while refreshing what they already know. It only takes an hour or two for each day.
Mykel speaking to Special Forces Medics.
DO YOUR KIDS KNOW THEIR DRUGS?
Do your kids know the basics about medicine? What they need for a fever, to avoid Aspirin if they're under 12, what to take and when for diarrhea or vomiting, and of course, any medical issues like allergies or diabetes, they should be fully trained in how to administer to themselves.
Mykel reviewing medicine with private students.
DO YOU HAVE ANY CERTS?
As the leaders of the Family, Parents should try to obtain at least CPR classes but Red Cross First Aid classes are highly recommended and the higher level of medical certification you can get, the better off your entire family will be.
Mykel Hawke's Special Forces Paramedic Diploma.
Mykel Hawke is best known for TV shows in Survival like Man, Woman, Wild & Special Ops like One Man Army. But Hawke has served 25 yrs in the U.S. Army holding numerous jobs such as Sergeant First Class as a Special Forces Medic, the equivalent of a Jungle Doctor and he was a Commissioned Officer in Medical Service Corps. Mykel is also a currently licensed National Paramedic who teaches Soldiers & Civilians. Mykel Hawke is an Author with numerous published books. One of his newest books is available now for Pre-Order and will be out this Fall with SkyHorse Publishing called FAMILY SURVIVAL, with his wife Ruth England.
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Mykel as Combat Medic, Colombia.
Hawke Medical Service Officer, Texas.
Hawke Family Survival Book.