Hogwarts School of Grid-Down Medicine and Wizardry is open for business, and we welcome you.
OK, so this is not an actual, accredited school, nor is it a business (yet). But it is a blog developed by Doc Grouch, and Ivy Mike for the citizen concerned with medical care in a grid-down scenario.
You are encouraged to read our disclaimer right away to understand what we are AREN’T trying to do, and to acknowledge the fact that this is still just two guys on the Internet publishing things.
That being said, we will be focusing on wilderness first aid and related activities, because without the magic of fossil-fueled transportation, logistics, first-world security, electricity, running water, and flushing toilets, the medicine can get pretty primitive, pretty fast.
We don’t plan on inventing a lot of new content, but using what we think is the best of what has been created and proven effective by others. We will not be advocating untried or silly things on here, because the two of us share the common oath to “Do No Harm.” We will be providing color on what our experiences have taught us along the way, and the things to look out for that may not be in the official instructions and publications. We will also, inasmuch as it is practical and safe, encourage the student to “do” things, as opposed to simply reading.
Medicine is science and is constantly evolving. What was standard practice five years ago is verboten now, and conversely, things being done now may be verboten five years from now. It’s all about data over time and the benefits weighed against the risks of any course of treatment. With that, we will do our best to provide the most current and historical information that aligns with grid-down realities.
Right now, the content is sparse, but we will be getting things online and filling out the site. We are using the “Crawl, Walk, Run” method of content development. We recognize that knowledge and skill levels of our readers may be all over the map, so apologies up front to any more advanced clinicians that may be on the site as we fill out the basics before the more advanced stuff.
Dear readers, to make the site as good as it can be, we need your feedback and discussion to help us drive out the content you will find most valuable. So by all means, pipe in. Discuss, but don’t disrupt. We have a ban hammer in our medkit and can prescribe it in acute cases.
On a technical note, the left side of the site is a navigation tool that currently holds a lot of empty pages. That’s going to change over time as we fill out the site, so just click on the articles in the middle of the page for now.
If you are an experienced clinician and have similar interests in grid-down medicine, let us know if there are certain areas you’d like to help out with, as we are open to additional contributors. We would be quite interested in any readers with a background in surgery, OB/GYN, PT/OT, or combat medics.
We sincerely hope you find value in the site and look forward to serving you all.
Doc Grouch and Ivy Mike