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My hospital is small and rural. The community is small. Because of that, my patients would have family to come for them. If I worked in a NH, the choice to leave or not would be unimaginable. I just don't know.

I drive an hour to get to work. I could walk home. Most of the trip would be farm land. Crossing fields. I'd encounter few human beings. I'd avoid them if I did.

I might be female, and old, but I can be 10 x more mean and ruthless than my husband.:yes: Especially when it comes to the safety of my family. The chances of survival with me along for the ride would be greater than them alone.

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Do telephones work in this scenario? I wonder how family members of the patients would be reached to come and get their loved ones, and how would they get them? I guess they could roll them right out in the hospital beds since the hospital wouldn't really exist as a hospital for long.

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This is kind of pathetic, but I have already accepted the fact that if any major disaster were to occur that sent the country into a massive panic/survivalist scenario, I would be one of the first to die. I am weak. Physically, emotionally, and psychologically when under stress. It's easier to envision myself just giving up then fighting. This is especially true for a zombie outbreak. The second I lost my family I would shoot myself in the head.

I don't know what I would do if I were at work in this situation. Going home would not be a realistic option (too far) and my heart would be crushed with worry over my family. I would not think twice about abandoning work to be with my family... I'm just not sure how I could feasibly do that. Hmm... I've already given myself a mental breakdown.

Anyway. I am very interested in this topic because even though I am admittedly NOT likely to survive these kinds of situations, I love to imagine and read about them. I prefer my survivalist situations to be fiction only, it's depressing to think about what I would really do.

I am super impressed with the poster who mentioned raiding pharmacy for antibiotics. That's a fantastic idea. I predict that you would survive.

What about securing a weapon? What do you think would be the best weapon you could find in a hospital? I was thinking a surgical instrument of some kind.

When chaos breaks out (murder, looting, ect...) would you think it would be more safe at a hospital or somewhere else? Where would you go?

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Only working part time so I'd most likely be home. We could survive fairly well at home, we live in a reasonably sized city, but there is a lot of bushland in the area. In my suburb alone I have seen possums, bush turkeys, snakes, kangaroos and several types of tree and plant that supply foods that can be eaten raw or cooked. I have slaughtered animals before and so long as the weather stays the same, I have access to fresh water less than a block away in the form of a major river. I think that we'll be ok. We also have bicycles for transport if needed and if I did get stuck at work I'd get back to my child either by walking or rowing.

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When I realized what was happening, I would book it. There would be no raiding the pantry or pharmacy, since electronics control the doors in and out. I may try to hit up the kitchen if it isn't a complete mob zone. Then, I would break into my car to get my gun and salvage any supplies I can from it before I start the 3 hour walk to my kid's daycare. I would have to hope that someone decided to stay there with them.

My husband and I have already agreed that in the event of a disaster, our meeting place would be the daycare if the children are there. Whoever got there first would secure the kids and find a safe place to hide until the other arrived. If they were being watched at home, then I would head there. My children are small and their survival would depend on both my husband and I.

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Just bought the book, will have further insight. But bigger picture, wouldn't life change, no money ( no atms) , the practice of the nursing would be very basic, I do not think going to work would have any impact on patients , shouldn't your family come first?

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For sure I would drive home. Yes I said drive. My truck will work fine after an EMP attack. It is old enough to have a carburetor, perfectly maintained, 4x4 and already stocked with my "get home bag". I installed a extra gas tank where the spare tire used to be and have 3x the range of the stock tank alone. All I have to do is hold the cutch, put her in second gear and coast down the hill I am always parked on. Pop the clutch and away I go.

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I have not a single doubt in my mind. I would feel terrible, but I would head home. My family comes before anything or anyone else. I'm realistic about things. Those who require 02 and those on vents won't survive long unless they have family willing to take shifts bagging them for years.. What kind of life would that be?

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For sure I would drive home. Yes I said drive. My truck will work fine after an EMP attack. It is old enough to have a carburetor, perfectly maintained, 4x4 and already stocked with my "get home bag". I installed a extra gas tank where the spare tire used to be and have 3x the range of the stock tank alone. All I have to do is hold the cutch, put her in second gear and coast down the hill I am always parked on. Pop the clutch and away I go.

LOL

I have one of those too. An ancient little 4x4 Toyoto truck (yes "truck" is the model) manual transmission with extra gas storage and all set up for off road adventures as well as general transportation.

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And what would survival mode have us do with those patients needing total care? Just walk away from them? Euthanize them? Hope that their families will come and get them? I'm not sure what I think is the right thing to do.

Part of me cringes to even say this out loud (or in writing), but if it came down to it and we knew definitively that this was going to be IT and there was no restoring power in the foreseeable future, I would probably go to my patients one by one and explain the situation, tell them I was going to leave to try to find my loved ones, and ask them what they wanted me to do before I left. If they were mobile and wanted me to help them to the door or get them a wheel chair, then I would. If they were total care and were able to understand the situation, I would ask if they wanted to be euthanized or left at fate's mercy. It seems cruel, but a that point there would be no humane option. To stay and try to care for total care patients would put yourself at risk and use up resources for those that were able to survive on their own. As soon as I had done what I was able to for the patients, I'd get the hell out of there and try to find my family (parents, siblings). I'd love to cling to humanitarian ideals, but in that scenario it would just be stupid for everyone. If I were in the place of the total care patient, I would expect my caregivers to do the same.

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For sure I would drive home. Yes I said drive. My truck will work fine after an EMP attack. It is old enough to have a carburetor, perfectly maintained, 4x4 and already stocked with my "get home bag". I installed a extra gas tank where the spare tire used to be and have 3x the range of the stock tank alone. All I have to do is hold the cutch, put her in second gear and coast down the hill I am always parked on. Pop the clutch and away I go.

The problem with this and many of the answers we've given is that we're not really taking into consideration the mass havoc that would be going on EVERYWHERE as soon as this happened. Even if your truck worked fine, trying to get anywhere in any town or city or anywhere there's any traffic at all would be chaos. You would probably make it a block before there were too many throngs of people, bodies, and stalled vehicles for you to go anywhere.

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The problem with this and many of the answers we've given is that we're not really taking into consideration the mass havoc that would be going on EVERYWHERE as soon as this happened. Even if your truck worked fine, trying to get anywhere in any town or city or anywhere there's any traffic at all would be chaos. You would probably make it a block before there were too many throngs of people, bodies, and stalled vehicles for you to go anywhere.

You got it!

And hey, I was realistic with my answer. I did acknowledge I'd be mugged of my precious antibiotic stash. LOL!

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