As a disclaimer I want to state that I am not a licensed medical doctor nor am I a licensed Emergency Medical Technician or any of the combined licensed medical personnel. I have never served in the military or law enforcement and do not care to any time soon. What I promote is being done as a result of my direct experiences with the product or similar products.
There are many options for the individual to add to their medical bags, the big name survival “experts” recommend any number of expensive and government approved items for care. From special “Israeli” manufactured and advertised blood stopping bandages to 22lb. surgical kits that would take a licensed individual and their training to operate these “experts” would have you believe that you must do what they say or you will die. My approach is different, for several reasons, one of the largest being I am simply not made of other peoples money!
I am going to make just a few minor suggestions for the average hiker, camping aficionado, prepared housewife and survival nut that may find this blog. And yes, I am all of the above, especially the housewife (husband) however, is there really a difference? On a serious note I and my wife have had more wound care then most doctors will see in their life times in the last couple of years and there are simply some things that work better then others. This is why we carry them and leave the special Israeli made USA army approved crap to them.
Here is a simple list of items I carry in my mobile and house medical bags/ cases.
- Tampons/ MaxiPads – available at any store on your block they can be used for everything from starting fires to keeping the ladies happy and dry. I included them before marriage because they were being used with much success by my brother (an experienced field medic) and several friends (EMT’s and licensed doctors) for emergency blood stopping power. Buy two or three boxes of your ladies favourite brand and in all sizes available. While that will likely set off WWIII if she is with you, explain, it is for the medical kit.
- Paraffin candles/ mini bic lighters- I have purchased a couple cases of 10 hr votive size candles and carry a dozen in all medical bags. I have also purchased several large packages of min bics and keep these in large pill bottles by the handful as well as carrying one or two on me at all times, and no, I smoke no more! Candles can be used for light, heat and assisting in reducing the potential for bacteria/virus with a couple seconds of hold time in the flame for most tools.
- Surgical Skin Stapler/ Basic Suture Kit with clamps- I have linked the stapler I purchased and recommend it comes with basic instructions though I will recommend ALWAYS CLEAN A WOUND COMPLETELY before closing it IF you are not SURE of future care! Outside of that, read a damn book every once and awhile or take a survival course from a solid instructor!
- Antibiotics/ Aspirin, Tylenol and Iboprofen – Folks, think about what you are doing ask educated medical professionals some questions and stop following the advice of idiots with this stuff. If you want to know what I do with them, get hurt when I am around.
- Peroxide (full bottle)/ Rubbing alcohol (full bottle)/Large flask of a good single malt- Look the facts are simple, none of these items actually works all that well any more. diseases and viruses have mutated and changed to the point where peroxide will sometimes not kill bacterium, so, do what I do. Rinse well with CLEAN water, then peroxide then rubbing alcohol then close that wound up! The large flask of good single malt is for me when I close you up- dont worry I will drink it AFTERWARDS!
There are many other things to consider and among those is the location where you live. I would highly recommend reading anything by Brown (the tracker) or M.D. Creekmore as they are both sane enough to understand we are not all made of money like so many of the wacky doodle types who love to push their hideouts and ranches in places most of us dont live.
For the rest, do what I do, research, test and read some more.
Free the mind and the body will follow
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- The How and Why of 72 Hour Kits (thispathlesstraveled.wordpress.com)
- One Month After the Typhoon: MSF Supporting Central Philippines Health Systems (doctorswithoutborders.org)
- Medical Kit Week (thenatureprepper.wordpress.com)
- Adventure Medical Kits Trauma Pack (dudeiwantthat.com)
- 4 Safety Tips To Prepare Your Home For the Cold Weather (kevinhartley.wordpress.com)
- Emergency Drugs (theroadtothetop.me)