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Survival Diva here with several detailed lists of medical supplies to consider keeping on hand for a crisis, whether that crisis is short term or long term. For those who have already started storing medical supplies, you may want to compare your inventory with the recommended lists.
Before we begin with the recommendations, it’s important to discuss how you can go about getting hands-on medical experience, because as we all know, it won’t help to have those supplies if you don’t have an understanding of how to safely and successfully administer first aid. The good news is that there are classes that you can take to get up to speed.
One way to learn the basics of administrating first aid is by volunteering as a fire / EMT first responder and courses are offered by the Red Cross for that purpose, so you may want to start there. In fact, some rural communities depend almost solely upon volunteer Fire and EMT personnel and some areas offer these courses for free or for a very low cost (under $200). The catch? You will be expected to volunteer your time, but typically you can pick times that are semi-convenient for you. Community colleges are another resource where you can gain valuable medical aid training for a nominal fee.
A comprehensive book on emergency first aid may not give you hands-on experience, but it will allow you to familiarize yourself with the basics. My personal favorite is Where There Is No Doctor. It is thorough and explains how doctors cope with administrating medical aid in third world countries where medical supplies are often in short supply, or non-existent—much like it’s likely to be in a post-collapse situation. This book goes into great detail about how to diagnose, treat and improvise (when needed).
Even those fortunate enough to have a family or group member who has emergency medical experience should seek training because there is no guarantee that person won’t become incapacitated themselves, leaving the rest of the group clueless over how to deal with a medical emergency!
Below are lists of basic, intermediate and advanced medical supplies that was originally posted on July 5, 2012 titled Get Started With Life-Saving Medical Supplies For $50.
NOTE: The list of medical supplies intentionally does not include prescription medicines. It is up to each of us to access need and research methods to set aside necessary medications.
Disclaimer: Otherwise known as a CYA. I am sharing this information for research purposes only and cannot recommend nor take responsibility for the purchase of, or the use of, any item listed below. Make sure to consult with a qualified medical professional before doing anything with or to your body.
There, now that’s been said, lets have a look at the lists, along with the original introduction.
Just The Basics: Just as with food storage, many times people freeze in their tracks when they first attempt to put aside medical supplies. It can be overwhelming! And doubt can equate to “I Give Up!” Don’t let that be you. The items in this first section can be purchased over the counter for around $50, provided you penny-pinch! Look to dollar stores and sales, or big-box stores who sell for less. The basic list helps combat the top killers, globally, which are as follows:
- Upper Respiratory Infection–leading to pneumonia
- Diarrhea—leading to dehydration
- Wounds—Leading to Blood Loss & Infection
Build Your Medical Supplies: Just The Basics
- 4inch X 4inch Sterile Gauze Pads
- Band Aids—Get plenty in assorted sizes!
- Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (Both Sterile to protect wounds and larger to wrap wounds)
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide (For cleaning wounds and can be used as a gargle for tooth abscess)
- Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (Yeast infection, stomach upset and more)
- Ibuprofen (Fever reducer & helps to control inflammation)
- Children’s Fever Reducer
- Tylenol (Fever reducer)
- Benadryl (Treatment for nausea, insomnia, allergy)
- Penlight Flashlight (To check for sore throat & pupil dilation with head trauma)
- Surgical Tape
- Feminine Pads (Can also be used as economical bandaging for larger wounds)
- Mucinex (Helps reduce upper respiratory infection & the chance of pneumonia)
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment (Helps to control infection of wounds)
- Hydrocortisone Cream (For treatment of rashes, poison oak and poison ivy, etc.)
- Butt Paste (Treatment for chafing)
- Non-latex Examination Gloves (Helps to avoid cross-contamination)
- Instant Cold Packs (Used for relief of sprains)
- Thermometer–Both Adult and Children
- Ace Wraps
Some may choose to stop at Just The Basics list, but if you can afford it on down the road and have the necessary medical training, the following, more in-depth list, is a step up from Just The Basics. As you will see, the list is extensive and listed in no particular order. Note: Items already listed in The Just The Basics list were not included in this, more advanced list. This is by no means a complete list. Do your research.
Level 2 Medical List:
- Saline Solution (Used to irrigate wounds—SHORT shelf life)
- Extra Contacts Lenses
- Contact Solution
- Extra Glasses
- Carmex/Lip Balm
- Ear Plugs
- Eye Solution (For treatment of Pink Eye)
- Eye Wash (To rid the eye of foreign debris)
- Quikclot (Helps control bleeding)
- Ankle Brace—Lace-up is recommended
- Knee Brace
- Air Cast
- Crutches (Look to 2nd Hand Stores & Thrift Stores to save $)
- Finger Splints
- Emergency Blanket
- Dermoplast (Topical pain reliever) or David’s pick: Americaine
- Mosquito repellant
- Aloe Gel (Treats minor burn pain)
- Anti fungal Ointment
- Vagicare (For feminine itch & skin irritation)
- Epsom Salts (Helps in the treatment of sprains)
- Duct Tape (Can be used to remove warts & to adhere large bandages in a pinch)
- Pregnancy Tests
- Rolled Gauze
- Tongue Depressors
- Splinter Removal Kit
- Baby Powder (Can be used to alleviate chafing as well)
- Diaper Rash Ointment
- Petroleum Jelly (Also used to seal wounds & used as a moisturizer)
- Lotion (To treat dry skin) (David’s pick is coconut oil)
- Tea Tree Oil (Natural method to treat bug bites)
- Calamine Lotion (Treats itching, bug bites, poison oak, poison Ivy, etc. )
- Potassium Iodide (For pre-treatment of exposure to radiated iodine particles: Beware of allergies to Iodine before treatment & use with pregnant women and small children! It coats the thyroid to avoid cancer long after radiation exposure)
- Kerlix Gauze Bandage Rolls (Absorbent and will hold sterile bandages in place)
- Sutures (For deeper, larger cuts and wounds, administered by those medically trained)
- Mole Foam (Helps to avoid blisters when hiking long distances)
- Cohesive Bandages
- Sterile Swabs
- Basic Face Mask
- Dental Probe
- Dental Mirror
- Sterile Swabs
- Steri Strips (Used for deep, smaller cuts that do not require stitches)
- Elastic Gauze Bandages 6-inch X 4-inch
- Clove Oil (Home remedy: Helps relieve toothache)
- Dental Wax
- Dental Floss
- Floss Threader
- Cool Downz (Neck cooler)
- Pepto Bismol Chewable Tablets (Used for stomach upset and diarrhea)
- Zantac (Antacid for stomach ache)
- Ginger (Home remedy for stomach ache)
- Dramamine (Used for the treatment of nausea)
- New Skin (Used for cuts)
- Halls Menthol Cough Drops
- Vicks VapoRub
- Nasal Spray
- Saline Nasal Spray
- AZO Yeast (For treatment of yeast infections)
- AZO Standard (For treatment of urinary tract infection) (or David’s family’s 12 hour UTI go-to: d-mannose)
- Castor Oil (Used as a laxative BUT adverse effects are reported for pregnant and breastfeeding women and small children)
- Acidophilus (For help with digestion) (or, David’s family makes their own sauerkraut and kombucha)
- Imodium (For the treatment of diarrhea)
- Anti-Diarrhea Meds, Misc.
- Fish Oil
- Vitamin B-12
- Melatonin (For sleep)
- Vitamin D-3
For those with extensive medical training like David don’t need a list…but if you have friends/relatives who DO have extensive medical training who you’re buying materials for in anticipation that they don’t have enough, here are some high value items to get for them to use:
- Surgery Gloves (These are individually pkgd and one step up from surgical gloves)
- Surgical Kit
- Blood Pressure Cuff
- Bandage Scissors
- Explorers/Outfitters Dental kit (much more extensive, but can be costly)
- Explorers/Outfitters Medical Kit (Can be expensive $250 – $500. Buy only when contents are listed and supplier is recommended)
- Lap Sponges (Used for surgery)
- Kelly Forceps
- LMA Mask (Used for blocked airway)
- Ambu Bag (Resuscitator/used to assist breathing: Comes in Infant, Child & Adult sizes)
- Olsen Hegar Needle Holder/scissor combination forceps
- Pulse Oximeter (Measures oxygen saturation in the blood) (David’s note…if you want accurate, don’t go cheap. I run a $600 GE mil-spec pulse ox and haven’t found a sub $100 one that I trust)
- Fetal Doppler Monitor (To listen to fetal heart-tones during birth)
- Central Venous Catheter Kit (Used to administer IV fluids)
- Ringers Lactate
- Arm & Leg Splints
- Orthopedic Casting Tape (Used to set broken bones)
(David’s note: As a former ski patroller / backpacking guide who worked as an OEC (Wilderness EMT) , I’ve got a few inexpensive, high leverage items to add in:
Snakebite Kit (suction type, not cutting type)
Epi Pen (for severe allergic reactions)
Tampons can cause toxic shock if you stick them in impalement wounds and SUCK to remove and clean in a hospital setting, but they are good for packing wounds in the mouth, placing focused pressure on a wound that you’re wrapping, for buying a few extra seconds to pick your location with severe diarrhea, and for their intended purpose.
Keep in mind that in cases with Good Samaritan laws, you are generally only covered up to the level of care that you’ve been formally trained. If you preform medical/trauma care above your level of certification, you are opening yourself up to civil/or criminal action. It is your responsibility to research the laws where you live and/or travel and decide your own course of action based on your comfort level.
Additional Natural and Homeopathic Suggestions From Forum Members
I strongly encourage you to read the previous submissions forum members shared… amazing remedies for dehydration, toothache, stomachache, poison oak/ivy, eye infections/pink eye, as well as great information on the use of fish antibiotics & veterinarian penicillin, baking soda, charcoal, peppermint, and even a surprising use for deodorant (I’ll give you a hint—it helps to stave off chaffing!).
Do you feel you have the knowledge and supplies in place that will enable you to handle a medical emergency? Do you have tips about medical supplies or remedies? Please share by commenting below!
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God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva