Meeting Notes – June 2020

June 13, 2020 Meeting

  • “AMP 3” video
  • “AMP 3” contents
  • Fish antibiotics, must-have books
  • Overview of the medical kits in April meeting
  • Pandemic Debriefing – Open discussion of lessons learned

The meeting began with a demonstration of the AMP 3 first aid kit – and a do-it-yourself version of that same kit. We then watched the AMP 3 video, which described the kit, along with how the different components are used.

The use of fish antibiotics (sold for use with aquarium fish) was discussed, along with a printed hand-out that gives details on how they are used, including dosage.

The medical kits that were detailed in the April video meeting were displayed, along with a brief overview of the kits, their purpose, and how they are used. The primary kit was purchased from Galls.

Building a medical reference library – a variety of books on first aid and medical treatment was displayed and discussed.

There are three basic categories – or reasons – for owning various types of medical reference books:

  • Basic and advanced first aid during “normal” times when medical infrastructure is available.
  • Comprehensive medical care at home in a situation in which medical infrastructure is not available.
  • The preservation of knowledge that civilization cannot afford to lose. In a time when knowledge is “saved” in digital format rather than in ink-and-paper, someone needs to archive this information in a form that cannot be destroyed by EMP or other electronic destruction.

One of the “books” specifically discussed was the EMS Field Guide. It is a pocket-sized (3″x5″) quick reference guide in a tough, water-resistant package. There are several versions of this, but for general preparedness purposes, the BLS Version (previously called “Basic & Intermediate Version”) is the best choice. Click on the image to be taken to the Amazon order page.

April 2020 – First On-line Meeting

This was our first attempt at holding a “virtual meeting”. The best thing we can say is “the next one will be better” and “we’re learning.”

Some lessons learned:

  • Live streaming takes a lot more knowledge and effort than we have at this point. Pre-recording and uploading is the better option.
  • The uploaded file should be uploaded the day before so that any problems that may come up can be addressed.
  • We waited until the afternoon of the meeting to upload the file in an effort to include the latest COVID-19 information for this county. A better option would be to have that as a separate short video rather than making it part of the longer meeting video.
  • Using the on-camera microphone just isn’t sufficient. We will have two other options for the next meeting: wired lavaliere microphones and a shotgun microphone.
  • Audio processing through software helps, but it is no substitute for recording good sound right from the start.
  • It is important to have good notes and to rehearse enough that the presentations go smoothly.

 

 
 

First Aid and Medical Kits

Take a look at this earlier blog post for details about the “Green kit” which is a trauma kit and part of the Mass Casualty kit.

This is the Contents and Locations sheet for the ALS kit made by Dyna-Med. Note that the contents of this kit are different from what is supplied by Dyna-Med. We have added some items and removed some items to suit our specific needs. This sheet is our own creation, and not furnished by Dyna-med.

July 2018 Meeting

  • Pandemics are in the news again – what really happened during the Ebola epidemic? Guest speaker is a missionary in Sierra Leone and was there during that time.
  • Living in very primitive conditions – Life in the African bush, not just “Off grid”, but “No grid”.

Photos from the Gather The Fragments missionary project in Sierra Leone, West Africa:

This program was videoed and posted on our YouTube channel.