Week 3 of 52: Emergency Medical Supply (List 1)

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    Week 3 of 52: Emergency Medical Supply (List 1)

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    Medical emergencies can occur at the drop of a hat, and having the necessary supplies can mean the difference between life and death. When an emergency situation arises, one must act calming and decisively. Experts suggest that each home have a basic medical supply that is unique to your family’s needs. We all have our fair share of band-aids and antibiotic ointment, but do you have medical supplies that can stop dehydration or bleeding, or diarrhea? In the event of a major disaster, such as a hurricane or earthquake, if someone in the home is injured, emergency responders cannot always get to the injured victims in time. Therefore, having necessary medical supplies in the home could save someone’s life if they need immediate medical assistance.

    Having pre-assembled medical packs for specific medical emergencies can save precious time. In the case of a severe injury where there is a lot of blood loss, there must be supplies on hand that can stop bleeding, reduce the pain, and calm the patient if necessary.  Not only are supplies important, though. Having a family member confident to provide this type of medical care is a must in a survival situation. Taking medical courses would be very beneficial in preparing for this type of emergency. The Fire Department, American Red Cross or Medical Centers are local resources that offer classes to assist in medical emergencies. To further prepare, find websites online that deal with first aid care and go through each injury to see what medical instruments and items are needed.  Moreover, you should have a good understanding of how to properly store medications in order to keep them ready for emergencies. Make a list for supplies that can be added to your disaster medical supplies.

    Take advantage of discount stores and sales that may be going on in the stores so you can stock up. Here are some tips for purchasing medical supplies on a budget. As well, don’t forget about the Dollar Store and items found in the home that can be improvised for medical care.

    Keep an assortment of emergency medicine references on hand. This ebook is a free download: First Aid Full Manual. In addition, The Survival Medicine Handbook by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy is a wonderful resource for your preparedness library.

    Keep in mind that medicines can break down and spoil if they are subject to natural elements such as moisture, temperature fluctuations and exposure to light. Did you know that aspirin has a tendency to begin breaking down when it is exposed to a slight amount of moisture? Find an area in the home that has easy access and preferably located in a cool, dark area that is out of children’s reach. Also, check expiration dates periodically to ensure the medicines are still good to use.  The below list of items will serve as a beginning foundation for future medical supply lists.

    Preps to Buy:

    • Antacid
    • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
    • Stool softeners
    • Kleenex
    • Electrolytes
    • Feminine hygiene supplies
    • Disposable hand wipes
    • Band-aids
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Extra baby needs (diapers, wipes, pacifiers, bottles, medicine, etc)
    • 1 week of prescription medications
    • Extra pair of reading glasses (optional)

    Action Items:

    Buy a local and state map to put in your vehicle.

    Create an evacuation route in case you have to evacuate your town due to a disaster.  Map out mulitple escape routes to fall back on.  Click here to know  the signs of when to evacuate/bug out your home or community.

    Sign up for a CPR/First aid class with your local area Red Cross or through your local Emergency Management Service department.  For those of you who are short on time, you can find online disaster skills training courses that can be done in the convenience of your own home.  Click here for a list of  organizations that provide online emergency education courses.

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    Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

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    Originally published May 13th, 2011
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6 Responses to Week 3 of 52: Emergency Medical Supply (List 1)

  1. Doc says:

    As a Paramedic who works in remote/austere/maritime and hostile locations it is a good idea to have a medical bug out bag..
    Other important items to include are
    Tourniquets, not just for serious bleeding but can be used to control bleeding, you can cut of the blood flow to a wounded area, clean it out (Debride) then dress.
    Military style trauma dressings, 2, 4, 6, 8 inch.
    Quick Clot hemostat dressings,
    Steri Strips
    Triangular Dressings,
    Assorted Splints
    EMT Scissors, Tweezers, Cloth scissors, hemostats, scalpel.
    Hands off hands free Peltzer head light,
    Ibuprofen Tablets anti inflammatory
    Loperamide anti diarrhea tablets
    Ranticide anti-reflux tabs,
    Various size medical tape,
    Electrolyte powder packages
    Pocket size medical books like nursing guide to medicines, BLS, Where there is not doctor, where there is no dentist,
    There is a lot of other stuff and info you can find on the web,
    Finally if at all possible try and do a Basic EMT Class, the level of knowledge is much greater as is the training, if your planning this over a year then you can do a community college course or a two week class and finally if the opportunity presents itself a Wilderness EMT class would be the way to go
    Good luck to Y’all

  2. Karen says:

    antacids may be a waste of space and money if you have stocked the baking soda (mentioned in a previous week).   1/2 tsp. in 4 oz. water relieves heartburn, upset stomach, etc.  full directions on the back of the arm and hammer box.  make sure to follow directions for maximum use per day.  i’ve done this myself and it works.  great to have tums tablets though, for travel or lack of water, so i guess it’s up to each family to decide what to stock up on.

  3. Carol says:

    Very interesting website, thanks for all the helpful info.

    As a former EMT, I would also recommend having a pre-packaged suture kit on hand. You may not know how to use it, but you can probably find someone who can. In an emergency, with a decent first aid book to guide you (especially if you practice a bit) you would be surprised what you can do.
    At the very least, it would be an extraordinary item to barter with.

    You can put all this in a fishing tackle box, clearly mark it First Aid and replace items regularly. 

    I would also add the following:
    Ace bandages
    chemical ice pack
    tongue depressors
    finger splint
    Dermabond or New Skin
    Silvadene – burn cream
    sanitary pads – individually wrapped, very good at absorbing fluids
    disposable gloves
    Saline solution or several small water bottles

  4. catsears says:

    wonderful, informative website!!  I live in a coastal NC therefore, we always have to be prepared for hurricanes.  I had a hurricane tote that  was ready to go, but getting older/bad shoulder, cant life to move.

    So, downsized the tote to a couple of backpacks, downsized the contents also. (I had enough to weather 1 week for hubby/pets)!

    ONE THING TO ALWAYS HAVE, anywhere (purse, car, house etc) is BACH RESCUE REMEDY – cream or liquid.  It is made from flowers, can be used for pets, children, no side effects, no messing with medications, wont harm in anyway.

    It is used on lots of EMT/Rescue.  They use it as a “trauma” remedy for people/pets who are in a traumatic situation – fire, accident, etc.

    This stuff is great for calming, no drugs, liquid can be put on tongue, wrists, anywhere on body; on animals, on the inside tip of their ears.  It calms, you dont feel anything but a calm feeling, helps when traveling, anything.

    I have used this stuff when going to the dentist – no fears!!!  Great stuff. 

  5. Britt says:

    I was wondering if anyone could refer me to a good first aid book?  I want to have a guide to emergency first aid when we can’t get help, things like stitches and wound care.

    • Jeff says:

      One excellent resource is the official Boy Scout Handbook. There is an excellent section on First Aid and numerous additional topics that apply to preparedness. I have a late ’60s edition and you can sometimes pick these up at thrift stores for a couple dollars…

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