I have put out a few articles about sheltering in place rather than bugging out when SHTF. In those articles, I covered why you would want to shelter in place, how to stock food and water, and a few basics on how to defend your location. This time, we are going to look more in depth at medical equipment. As with any other pieces of gear that tap into skill sets, you need to get the training needed to use each piece of equipment effectively. Simply having the gear is not enough. You will not “rise to the occasion” when it comes to field medicine under stress. Get training.
Enough beating that horse to death and let’s get down to what to keep on hand:
Basic “Boo-boo” Stuff- It’s not the coolest stuff to talk about and it won’t, in its self, save any lives, but it is important. You need to take care of the little aches and pains so that you can better avoid the big ones.
- Assorted Band-Aids to keep small cuts from becoming big infections
- Triple antibiotic cream for the same
- Ace Wrap to support minor sprains and strains
- Acetaminophen for minor pain control and fever reduction
- Ibuprofen to help control swelling and inflammation
- Instant ice packs for heat injuries and sprains/strains
- Heat packs for mild muscle injuries
- Small, disposable bottles of saline to flush eyes and cuts
- Burn gel for minor burns
- Sterile 4×4 gauze bandages to cover minor wounds
- Sterile non-stick 4×4 gauze for minor burns
- Medical tape to… tape stuff… The plastic kind, not that paper junk.
Also, add in any prescriptions that you take and keep them close to, but separate, from the “boo-boo” stuff. This makes them easy to find and they won’t get knocked out of the way in a panic like they might if they are next to the emergency medical gear.
Trauma Stuff- This is the easy stuff to use. Scary, but easy.
- Abdominal pads of various sizes
- Sterile water to clean wounds and wet bandages
- V. kits and solutions (mainly saline, lactated ringers, and dextrose)
- Splinting material of various sizes
- Coflex self-sticking wrap to hold stuff in place
- Trauma shears
- Burn blankets
- Ring cutter
- Strongest pain killers possible
- LOTS of gauze, sterile and non-sterile
- Lots of nitrile gloves in assorted sizes
- Assorted Nasal airways
- Assorted Oral airways
Diagnostics- These are needed so you can know what the patient needs.
- Glucometer to check blood sugar levels (don’t forget the Band-Aids, alcohol pads, and lancets)
- Blood pressure cuffs (child, adult, and large adult)
- Pulse ox with extra batteries
- Pen light
- Wrist watch with second hand for checking pulse and respirations
Add in as many drugs as you can, to include glucose tabs/gel, pain killers, antibiotics, oxygen, oxygen masks and nasal cannulas and whatever else you know how to use.
This is a basic list of supplies that can be easily expanded but it should be able to take care of 75-90% of issues that could be handled by people without advanced training. Make sure this stuff is kept in a cool dry place that can be easily accessed when the time is needed. Also, don’t be the only person in the house that knows how to use this stuff. Everyone who is capable of understanding these skills should be brought up to speed. Otherwise, if you get hurt, you are on your own.
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