Highlights from the chapter on First Aid (Ch 13, p. 109) from Nuclear War Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny



First Aid booklets and trainings from the Red Cross and civil defense are widely available.
Paperback Red Cross First Aid Manual

Since the Red Cross does not appear to have any virtual e-books on first aid you might want to find one that is available if you are in the midst of a crisis:

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival by James Hubbard is available on Kindle

First Aid Manual from the Air Force (free to download)

For more serious injury and sickness the book Where There is No Doctor goes beyond the scope of first aid manuals, and is recommended by the Volunteers in Technical Assistance. (The referenced edition of this book may currently be out of print, and available via microfiche)

Recommendations by Colonel Henry (one of the first medical officers to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki after their destruction) are listed on page 109 (Ch 13) of Nuclear War Survival Skills.
The recommendation categories are:
(The first 10 items are only a few sentences long. The last 3 are several paragraphs)
1. Wounds – Types of pressure to apply and tourniquets
2. Infected wounds - The author of NWSS feels the formation of white pus indicates the body is combating infection. Gives advice on how often to change dressings. (p. 109)
3. Pieces of glass deeply embedded in flesh – The author of NWSS feels that glass will work it’s way out via puss without probing.
4. Burns – “Do not apply grease, oil or any other medicine to the burned area. Cover the area securely with a clean, dry dressing or folded cloth.”
5. Broken bones – Advises to apply splints and gives opinion on traction setting.
6. Shock – NWSS advises to keep victim warm, surround them with insulation, but not too much, and give slightly salted water.
7. Heat prostration – Fluids, slightly salted water
8. Childbirth – “Keep hands off. Wait until the mother has given birth. Do not tie and cut the cord unless a potent disinfectant is available. Instead, use the primitive practice of wrapping the cord and the placenta around the infant until they dry. Avoid the risk of infecting the mother by removing the rest of the afterbirth: urge the mother to work to expel it.”
9. Toothache – “Do not attempt to pull an aching tooth”
10. Veterinarian antibiotics – Recommends using antibiotics stored on farms
11. Radiation sickness (a lengthy explanation of the phases) – Explains how much radiation you would need to be exposed to in order to get sick, and explains that creating an adequate shelter would be the best plan for protection. (p. 110)
12. Lifetime risks from radiation (p. 111)
13. Thyroid damage - A lengthy explanation about prevention and potassium iodide. (p. 112)


The author of RCIP is not a medical physician and does not dispense medical advice.



Download NWSS Survival Manual (27 MB), NWSS Ch13 website version, Ch13 download



Kearny, Cresson (1987). Nuclear War Survival Skills. Retrieved from http://www.oism.org/nwss


Please download and print this web page in case the internet is no longer accessible

Audio versions: (Short Film) - (Long Film pt1) - (Long Film pt2)

- (Clean Water Film pt3) - (Shelter Film pt4)

Download NWSS Survival Manual (27 MB) - Download Adobe Reader or skip to the basics

The materials and other information provided by these pages are for educational, communication and information purposes only and are not intended to replace or constitute medical advice or treatments.
The author intends that the information contained in these pages be accurate. Errors sometimes occur. Therefore, the author disclaims any warranty of any kind, whether express or implied, as to any matter whatsoever relating to this service or information, including without limitation merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose. In no event shall the author be liable for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of any use of or reliance on any content or materials contained herein.
The author does not assume and hereby disclaims any and all liability to any person or entity for any claims, damages, liability or other loss including, without limitation, any liability for injury or other damage resulting from any use of or reliance on this service or from the posting of any content or material by any third party. No use of, or reliance on, any materials included in this document or website shall be deemed to give rise to a physician-patient relationship. No material included in this site shall be deemed to present the only or necessarily the best method or procedure with respect to a matter discussed on this service; rather, any such material shall be acknowledged as only the approach or opinion of the discussant. The users assume all risks of using the materials included in this document or website.

This website provides links to other Internet sites only for the convenience of World Wide Web users. The author and host of this website is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does RCIP endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites. It is the responsibility of the user to examine the copyright and licensing restrictions of linked pages and to secure all necessary permission.

The information at RCIP provides general summary information for the public. Information at RCIP does not supersede, preempt, or replace statutes, regulations, or other aspects of federal law. If copyrighted content, documents, images, or other materials appear at RCIP, it will be noted, and the copyright holder should be consulted before that material is reproduced.


Back to top of page

You are now leaving the nuclear emergency page.

Katrina links:

Missing persons hotlines|Missing persons online sites |Government recovery and missing persons sites |How to help|How to get help|Evacuation routes|Weather forecasts|Counseling|Rape Crisis Information|Earthquake and tsunami west coast


Homepage|Research|Crisis Information|Hotlines




Please select a topic from the menu



Cite this resource

Clear your computer history

Last updated 10/21/14 About.Contact

Find Journal Articles on this subject

Created by

Home|Finding books at the library|Encyclopedias and Dictionaries|Biographies|Books on healing|Statistics|Websites |Films|Journals and articles|Bibliographies|Online Libraries|Victim blame|Theories|Privacy|Grants|Crisis hotlines|Crisis Information |Rape crisis sites|Rape crisis centers|Help rape victims|Message boards|Suicide hotlines|Louisiana|N.C. rape crisis| Victim Assistance|Effects of rape|Health|Therapy|Medical|Lesbian sexual assault|Feminist|Petitions|War and rape|Partners|Male survivors|Created by|More Information|Blog|Communities


hosted by ibiblio

The author is not responsible for any contents linked or referred to from his or her pages - unless s/he has full knowledge of illegal contents and would be able to prevent the visitors of his site from viewing those pages. If any damage occurs by the use of information presented there, only the author of the respective pages might be liable, not the one who has linked to these pages. Furthermore the author is not liable for any postings or messages published by users of discussion boards, guestbooks or mailinglists provided on his or her page. The author is not a psychiatrist or physician / medical doctor or legal attorney of any sort. This website is not intended to replace medical, psychiatric or legal care. Please seek professional attention as needed.The Information provided is not intended to replace obtaining medical evaluations and health care advice from qualified health care providers. This site's owners are providing Information for reference only, and do not intend said Information to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions, or for any other purposes.The owner/author of this site MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WITH RESPECT TO THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF SAID INFORMATION, OR THE FITNESS OF THE INFORMATION TO BE USED FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, LOSS, EXPENSE, OR DAMAGE OF ANY KIND TO USER, OR TO ANY THIRD PARTY, RELATED TO THE USE OF SAID INFORMATION. Persons accessing any Information of the rape crisis information web site, directly or indirectly, assume full responsibility for the use of the Information and understand and agree that the author of rape crisis information is not responsible or liable for any claim, loss, or damage arising from the use of said Information.


pagerank button