Welcome to MDM

EMP has killed America’s electrical grid. The hospitals are closed, and the ambulances can’t move. How are you going to care for your family? Midwest Disaster Medical’s Austere Medic course will show you how.

Midwest Disaster Medical has been created to fill a need. Some forward-thinking people have concerns about the availability of medical care after a disaster. Currently there are several courses covering Tactical Medicine as well as Wilderness Medicine, and both of these areas of study are of interest to the individual concerned for medical care in less-than-ideal circumstances. However, many important areas of austere care are disregarded by both Tactical and Wilderness courses. Midwest Disaster Medical aims to provides training and instruction to cover that gap.


It is the goal of Midwest Disaster Medical to provide top-quality medical training for individuals and groups in an easy-to-understand manner. Instruction is aimed at adult learners and thus the style of instruction is relaxed, jargon-free and based on common sense.

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Notes on “Aspirin.”

Salicylate Notes:

  • The drug category name salicylate was derived from acetylsalicylic acid, the first drug in that category.
  • Aspirin is the most famous member of the Salicylate family, and was first introduced in 1899, although for ages prior to that year, aspirin was used for pain relief in its natural form from willow bark.
  • The drug aspirin is also known by its chemical name acetylsalicylic acid and abbreviation “ASA.” Acetylsalicylic acid is derived from salix, a Latin word that means willow.
  • Salicylate is a general category that includes aspirin and other chemically related drugs
    • Aspirin (Bayer Aspirin, Ecotrin, Empirin)
    • Diflunisal (Dolobid)
    • Magnesium salicylate (Doan’s)
    • Salsalate (Salsitab)
  • This class of medication has three different therapeutic actions
    • Analgesic
      • Provides relief from mild-moderate pain by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins from damaged tissue. Prostaglandins are chemicals that cause pain)
    • Anti-inflammatory
      • Decreases inflammation, also by inhibiting the release of prostaglandins from damaged tissue
    • Antipyretic
      • Reduces fever by:
        • Acting on the hypothalamus -a gland located in the brain- to cause dilation of blood vessels and sweating. These effects cause increasing heat loss from the skin and lowers an elevated body temperature
      • Aspirin has a fourth therapeutic action that is unique and not shared by any of the other salicylate drugs
        • Anticoagulant
          • Prolongs the clotting time of the blood by inhibiting thromboxane, a substance in the blood that normally causes platelets to aggregate and form a clot
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Fall Class: September 16-17 2017

Our next class (aside from a course for a private group) is scheduled for September 16-17 in bucolic Bangor, WI. This class will be the first that offers lodging on-site in a beautiful retreat setting. This is the most spacious and comfortable venue we have ever utilized, and there will be lunch provided both days.

The training is the same high-quality, personalized and professional instruction that we have always offered. Hurry, this one will fill quickly!

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Spring 2017 Class

We have come up with a date that works for our next Austere Medicine class.

June 3-4, 2017.

We will be back in the Greater La Crosse, WI area.

If you have questions or want to get your name on the list, either comment on this post (we don’t let the comments show if they have personal information) or email us.


Class size will be limited to 10, so sign up quick.

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Med Kit Choices

There are lots of choices for med kits out in the preparedness world. Some are copies of Army surplus bags, filled with expired Army surplus items, some are geared toward the upscale mountain climber, and some are group kits that have enough Band Aids…Sorry, “adhesive bandages” to wallpaper a rec room wall. Some are tiny, intended to be with you 24/7, and some you would need a truck to carry very far. In many of our classes we get the question “What should be in my kit?” This is a tougher question than it would seem at first blush. First, Midwest Disaster Medical is not currently in the business of selling medkit supplies. We have no vested interest in pushing an item that we just happen to sell. We do have an interest in helping folks be as prepared as they can be, whether they chose to train with us or not.

The first decision to be made is: What is the kit’s intended use. Should it be portable? Will it be carried along with other equipment? Where will it be stored? A hot car? A freezing car? In what conditions will it be used? Will the user be stopping to assist with traffic accidents? Will it be used as a trauma kit at a shooting class? Is this an Apocalypse kit, where the kit is “all there is” for medical equipment?

A kit that is intended to be carried while evacuating should be smaller than one to be at a static retreat site. A kit that is to be left in a freezing car probably shouldn’t contain liquids. The supplies one needs for stabilizing a gunshot wound are not the same supplies one needs for treating an infected axe wound.

Also give a thought to who will be -or may be- using the kit. There is no point having the supplies necessary to perform a “venous cutdown” in the kit of a person who has yet to take a Red Cross First Aid class. There is a school of thought which suggests that a kit have as many items as possible, because you never know when you can recruit an ER doc or surgeon to help in your medical emergency.

For most preparedness-minded folks, a system of modules may be just the ticket. At the core, have your basic first aid kit: Adhesive bandages, roller gauze, kerlix, gloves, CPR mask, etc. Then if the situation and your level of training calls for it, add in a “trauma” module, with chest seals, Quick clot, needles for chest decompression, tourniquet, etc. You can also add in an “airway” module, with nasal airways, oral airways, etc. A “wound care module” would have supplies such as irrigation syringes, wound closure materials, etc. An “assessment” module might have a BP cuff, stethoscope, thermometer, otoscope, oximeter, etc.

For most individuals, the contents of their medkit is largely dependent on the level of training they have received. The more training, the more equipment and supplies their kit will contain…usually.

As shown, the answer to the simple question “What should be in my kit?” can be complicated indeed. The answer depends largely on training, but also on other factors such as portability and even climate.

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Next Class Date: January 23-24, 2016

Next class date is set! Drop us a line for your registration packet, and we’ll see you there!

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Still several spots open for the September 2015 course!

Still a few open spots for this class! Send us an email at info@midwestdisastermedical.com for a registration packet if you’d like to learn essential life-saving skills!

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Prepare to Survive Expo!

Come by our booth and say “Hi” as we exhibit at the Prepare to Survive Expo on October 3rd and 4th.

The Expo is at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour, WI, near Green Bay.

Visit the Expo’s website at: http://www.PreparetoSurviveExpo.com

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2015 Class Dates

Class dates thus far for 2015:


May 2-3: Inver Grove Heights, MN

September 19-20: Onalaska, WI

January 23-24, 2016: Location to be determined


Send us an e-mail to request a registration packet!

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September Class is Full!

Thanks to an outstanding response from the upper midwest!

This class promises to be one of the best ever.

Those who missed out: Stand by for the next scheduled course

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Next Course: September 20-21 Inver Grove Heights, MN

The next class is finalized! It will be held in Inver Grove Heights, MN which is a suburb of St.Paul. Reception to this class has been great so far, and we anticipate this class will fill quickly. Drop us a line if you’d like to attend.

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