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BOOKS – Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies, by Hugh Coffee

This Book Blew Rmabo’s Mind!

Whether it’s a war zone or a civil disaster area, traumatic injuries often occur in remote, unsanitary locations. Coffee’s book explains advanced field procedures for small wound repair, care of the infected wound, IV therapy, pain control, amputations, treatment of burns, airway procedures and more.

Hugh Coffee is a professional paramedic with extensive experience administering emergency medicine in Third World and battlefield environments. Coffee’s experience in Third World and austere environment medical procedures include improvising medical equipment from available materials and performing disaster-medicine procedures under primitive conditions.

Coffee’s book is in use by many SF medics and other folks who often go in harm’s way. Coffee gets right to the bottom line in dealing with the subject of field trauma first aid and “meatball surgery.” He learned it the hard way during the guerrilla war in Guatemala — patching up troops on hilltops where no doctor would go.

I may be biased as he’s Hugh “Doc” Coffee is a good friend and I was on a medical team in Kenya, Uganda (during an Ebola outbreak) and the southern Sudan (Sudanese guerrilla war) with him, but anyone who is a combat medic or who may need to perform first aid in the third world needs to read this book. I personally watched Doc Coffee revamp and supply a surgical ward in a Sudanese Rehabilitation and Relief Association field hospital near the frontlines.

Coffee is a fount of knowledge on the subject of improvised medical and surgical techniques and imparts it clearly and concisely to the reader. Ditch Medicine can be found on many survivalist and prepper resource lists and is a recommended addition to the bookshelf of any first-responder, EMT, etc., who could possibly see themselves forced to operate, literally, beyond their training and experience in an emergency.

This book is an invaluable resource on emergency techniques for those with previous medical training (EMT thru General Practitioner). Hugh also has a video series available from Paladin Press.

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~Rob Krott
Foreign Correspondent

Rob is a former US Army Officer who has traveled to over 70 countries and worked with several foreign Military’s. Rob is also the author of Save the Last Bullet for Yourself: A Soldier of Fortune in the Balkans and Somalia, a war memoir of the Balkans and Somalia.


  1. Ordered. Always looking for new & good info.

  2. I’m bought this going through paramedic school, it’s one of a kind: insightful, and full of fascinatingly advanced procedures under the shittiest of circumstances. Definitely not for the Bear Grylls set, though.

  3. I met Hugh Coffee years ago when we were both serving as adjunct instructors for a High-risk PSD course. I was so impressed with his knowledge and instructional ability that I have used him many times since then to provide emergency medical and TCCC training for my EP and PSD teams, as well as Rally Point LLC courses. This guy is awesome, and his book rocks.

    • Hi, Charlie! We haven’t met, but my folks speak so highly of you. Thank you for the kind words, and I hope to meet you soon.

  4. Rob, thank you so much for the glowing review! I was just a kid when you and my dad went to Africa, but I’ll never forget the stories he came back with! Thanks for being such a great friend to our family.

    For those who are interested, the Ditch Medicine team has recently launched a website and a Facebook page so folks can keep up with classes that Hugh is teaching. Over the next few months, we’ll be adding a lot more content, so check back often!

    Thanks again for the fantastic review, Rob!


  5. Rob, thank you so much for the glowing review! I was just a kid when you and my dad went to Africa,

    That will make Rob feel nice and young, hahahaaa…

    ~James G

  6. Coming from a strong background in emergency medicine I would strongly caution all of the DIY types to use judicious restraint to avoid getting in over their heads.
    Get formal training and learn. Practice constantly!
    As with anything, an amateur has a shot at pulling it off if everything goes right devoid of variations whereas a professional can compensate for variations . Medicine is rife with limitless variations.
    Basic (non intrusive first aid) can be taught safely and quickly. Invasive medicine (drugs, iv, sutures, internal) etc. will almost certainly overwhelm a layman; They will end up doing more harm than good when compared to conservative treatment and transfer; And open the provider up to civil and criminal litigation.

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