Preparing for a nuclear war – government will not help

I’ve been researching first aid for a nuclear emergency and was looking at treatment of burns. Various things are suggested, but reading the UK NHS I find they suggest using cling film.

I remember when this came in, and so, I know it suddenly appeared. At this point, I remember all the health fads we’ve had, and the appalling delusion of the NHS on covid, so I start searching for “why use clingfilm for burns” … sure enough I find a UK government funded site telling me “how to stop using clingfilm” ??

You have to laugh!

So, I go and look in my brand new book, on prepper medicine … only to find no mention of clingfilm at all.

To be blunt: NO ONE HAS A CLUE ABOUT THE SUBJECT!!! Not even the so called “PREPPER” sites.

They … meaning officialdom … have been talking about the possibility of nuclear war since the 1950s, the civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacked by the US suffered severe burns, but has anyone actually thought how those burns would be treated by people in a nuclear war? Has anyone done any research how individuals will be treating those affected when they can’t get medical help? It does not seem so.

The simple fact is this: for all the way many people laugh at those who are “prepping”, the reality is very clear: that government do not seem to have done anything to prepare, and anything they do do (if covid is an example) will be totally useless or right and then ignored.

Basically, there will be no help from government: any advice they do give, will be very dubious, and any action they take, (based on covid) will be wrong. (In covid, they said it was a “Very low risk” in January … then in April they shut down the country completely. They were not just very wrong in January, they were very wrong in April as well. Flipped for arrogant complacency to total hysteria …. never got it right).

I have no medical training … all I can do is look at the information available and guess what may be right. But that does seem to be the extent of the GLOBAL knowledge of the subject …  oh how lovely to be the global expert on the use of clingfilm for burns in a nuclear attack … and to know I am the “expert” when I know nothing. My only claim to expertise: is I was stupid enough to ask a pretty dumb question which none of the supposed “experts” have bothered to ask, let alone attempt to answer.

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2 Responses to Preparing for a nuclear war – government will not help

  1. Ben Vorlich says:

    I think that immersion in salt water aids the healing of burns, even severe burns.
    A long time ago, decades, I was reading about Archibald McIndoe a pioneer of plastic surgery. His fame was in working on severely burnt RAF pilots. Some of these bailed out into the sea. McIndoe noticed that those who’d been in the sea healed more quickly than those who hadn’t been in the sea.
    Modern medicine may have consigned this to the history books.

    An old treatment for burns was covering in butter, now definitely discouraged. I think that the butter prevented air getting to the burn, and thereby reduced the chances of infection.
    Perhaps clingfilm does the same job as butter, but without the problem of taking it off the burn

    • Pict1 says:

      Thanks for the tip about sea water. I’m not sure how to include it with what I have.

      The main problem I have is how to treat a seriously injured person with third degree burns. Usually, someone with such severe burns would have surgery, removing the death tissue and then the treatment would be stabilisation and skin graphs.

      However, in a situation where someone has severe burns in a nuclear war, and where people have to remain in a bunker, there is no medical help. And, I do not know whether the dead skin is likely to be become infected. If it is likely to become infected the advice seems to be to remove the dead tissue. If not, it can be left.

      I bet if I asked a doctor who deals with burns what the answer is, they would not know, because the question never arises in a hospital context.

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