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Improvised Medicine


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Table of Contents

Section I. The Situation
1: What is Improvised Medicine?
2: What Are Resource-Poor Situations?
Section II. Basic Needs
3: Communication
4: Preventive Medicine/Public Health
5: Basic Equipment
6: Cleaning and Reusing Equipment
Section III: Patient Assessment/Stabilization
7: Vital Signs and Triage
8: Airway
9: Breathing/Pulmonary
10: Circulation/Cardiovascular
11: Dehydration/Rehydration
12: Medications/Pharmacy/Envenomations
13: Analgesics
14: Anesthesia-Local and Regional
15: Sedation and General Anesthesia
16: Anesthesia: Ketamine, Ether and Halothane
17: Transfusion
18: Radiology/Imaging
19: Laboratory
20: Patient Transport/Evacuations
Section IV: Surgical Interventions
21: Surgery/Trauma
22: Wounds and Burns
23: Dental Diagnosis, Equipment, Blocks and Treatment
24: Dental: Fillings, Extractions and Trauma
25: Otolaryngology (ENT)
26: Neurology/Neurosurgery
27: Ophthalmology
28: Obstetrics/Gynecology
29: Orthopedics
30: Urology
Section V: Non-Surgical Interventions
31: Gastroenterology
32: Infectious Diseases
33: Malnutrition
34: Pediatrics and Neonatal
35: Psychiatry
36: Rehabilitation
37: Death and Survivors
Section VI: Appendices
Appendix 1: Hospital Disaster Plan
Appendix 2: Medical Kits

About the Author

Kenneth V. Iserson, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM
Fellow, International Federation of Emergency Medicine
Professor Emeritus, Emergency Medicine
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Founder/Director, REEME (

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