Basic Travel Medicine

…and First Aid Information

Always consult a medical professional with medical questions or concerns. This site does not provide medical advice or recommendations; we provide information only.  The information found on this site regarding travel medicine and treatment information is based on scientific and medical publications found on sites such as WebMD, PubMed.gov and is intended for adults only. Nothing on this site is intended to replace professional medical training or advice. 

Basic Medical Concepts to Understand

While medicine and treating illnesses can be a very complicated discussion, for the general population we need to follow simple concepts to stay healthy and treat the non-complicated illness most of us face from time to time.  The key is err on the side of caution, treat things as simple until proven otherwise, and pay attention to what the remarkable human body is telling us about what is going on. Use Risk Prevention to limit exposure to getting sick or injured. Prevention must be the primary focus of anyone traveling away from advanced medical care. Once we understand the practice and benefits of minimizing overall risk, we don’t need to fear illness and injury, instead enjoy life and be alert to the story illness or injury is telling and respond accordingly.

 A Simple Concept To Consider

A very basic idea can help reduce the stress of illness when followed with appropriate caution:

  • Bad things tend to get worse over any period of time. This can be a short period or a long period of time, but as time progresses, bad things will just about always continue to get worse. 
  • Not so bad things or things that are healing will tend to remain the same or slowly get better over any period of time. 

Both of these ideas seem like common sense, but there are many people who create their own anxiety by failing to think about illness with such simple logic. With either of these situation, you should ALWAYS trust your gut instincts and respond accordingly on the side of caution, especially with more than typical “head colds” or simple “stomach flu” type issues.

Issues You May Be Able To Successfully Self Treat

Treating Common Colds and Illnesses

Treating Common Cuts and Scrapes

Treating Simple Sprains and Strains

Treating Small or Simple Burns

Initial First Aid For Issues That Need Advanced Care

Remember in any type of emergency situation ALWAYS address:

  1. Airway first to make sure the victim can breath
  2. Active bleeding second to make sure the victim doesn't bleed to death (if the heart isn't beating there won't be any active bleeding so you move to step 3 automatically)
  3. Blood Circulation and Shock Issues third to make sure the heart is beating and the organs are getting blood to survive

Heart  Attack and CPR

More Serious Bleeding

Dehydration

Heat Related Illness (Heat cramps, Heat exhaustion, Heat Stroke)

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