SHTF Survival: First Response Packs for Medical Emergencies

Article originally posted at Modern Survival Online

When there is a medical emergency, time is of the essence. Typically, medical rescue workers who respond to accidents work swiftly by having their supplies organized and at times, pre-assembled (wound care, trauma packs) to treat patients more efficiently.

Having these items pre-packaged cuts down on response time, and gives the responders more of an advantage in properly caring for the wounded. That efficiency can easily be replicated for your medical supplies or added to your SHTF sick room.

Medical first response packs can be made ahead of time using most of the medical products that you have on hand. In fact, these first response packs are not limited to medical emergencies, they can also be used for dental emergencies as well. To prepare for a SHTF scenario, it would be beneficial to take into account the most likely medical situations you may come in contact with and plan accordingly.

Knowledge is Power

Not all of us have a background in medicine. Therefore, it is a good idea to have medical books or instruction guides on hand to correctly guide you through the proper ways to treat a wound. There are some great medical books that can help you gain a better medical perspective for dealing with these types of scenarios. Some books to consider are:

Keep It Organized

Many preppers use gallon sized zip-loc bags or their vacuum sealers to seal up the necessary items for future use. Label your response packs according to the pre-determined disaster and store with your existing medical supplies.

Advanced Wound Care Supplies

It is important to emphasize that proper medical tools and advanced wound care supplies are a good investment for a long-term emergency. Caring for open wounds, deep lacerations and bleeding cuts will be very likely during this time and hospitals may not be available.

Note: This website has an extensive amount of medical products and surgical tools.

For instance one advanced wound care product to consider is a blood clotting agent called Celox. Many emergency responders, as well as military personnel are now carrying Celox in their medic packs. This product is made from a natural polymer extracted from shrimp shells called chitosan and has the capacity to stop bleeding in 30 seconds.

Many preppers have found that buying the ultra absorbent sanitary pads and tampons to use for extensive wound care is another product to invest in. These absorbent pads can be used on gunshot wounds or any bleeding wounds. The adherent strip on the back is helpful in that it will assist in holding the pad in place.

Here are some suggested items to include in different types of response packs:

Response packs for superficial wounds

  • Latex-free Gloves
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Steri-strips
  • Bandage
  • Instant cold packs

Response packs for hikers

  • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • Tourniquet to open or bleeding wounds
  • Knuckle adhesive bandages
  • Butterfly closures
  • Gauze pads (assorted sizes)
  • Non-adherent pads
  • Sterile top sponges
  • Moleskins
  • Abdominal/pressure pad
  • Stretch gauze roll
  • Medical tape
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Triple-antibiotic ointment packets
  • Sting relief wipes
  • Iodine wipes or swabs
  • Antimicrobial hand wipes
  • Safety pins
  • Latex-free medical gloves
  • Bandage scissors
  • Splinter forceps

Response Kits for wounds that require sutures

  • Latex-free Gloves
  • Hemostat, probes, forceps, surgical scissors, suture lip scissors
  • Alcohol pads
  • Antiseptic
  • Non-adherent sterile pads
  • Gauze bandage rolls
  • Absorbing and non-absorbing sutures or nylon fishing line
  • Non-Suture wound closure strips
  • Suture scissors
  • Suture needles

Suture Removal Kit


  • Forceps
  • Skin stapler
  • Staple remover
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze sponge
  • Iodine swabs
  • Gauze wrap

Response packs for advanced wound care: bleeding wounds, gunshot wounds, stab wounds

  • Latex-free or Nitrile gloves
  • Roll bandage
  • Israeli battle dressing compression bandage
  • Tourniquet to open or bleeding wounds
  • Gauze
  • Tampons
  • Iodine swabs
  • Abdominal pad
  • Respirator mask
  • Triangular bandage
  • Tape
  • Occlusive dressing
  • CPR microshield
  • QuikClot® sponge

Response packs for advanced wound treatment: open or bleeding wounds fractures, falls

  • Sterile and non-sterile Latex-Free Gloves
  • Touniquet
  • Roll Bandage
  • Gauze
  • Iodine swabs
  • Sterile medical sponge
  • Abdominal Pad
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Tape
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • CPR Microshield
  • Respirator Mask
  • Blood Clotting Agent

Response packs for 72-Hour Kits: Intended for the treatment of open or bleeding wounds caused by gunshots, knife cuts or punctures

  • Sterile and non-sterile Latex-Free Gloves
  • Roll Bandage
  • Israeli battle dressing compression bandage
  • Tourniquet for open or bleeding wounds
  • Gauze
  • Abdominal Pad
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Tape
  • Antiseptic Wipes
  • Iodine swabs
  • CPR Microshield
  • Emergency Signal Whistle
  • Thermal Mylar Blanket
  • Blood Clotting Agent

Note: Items in the response pack for hikers can also be included in your 72-hour response pack

We must prepare for the unexpected, and there are times when the unexpected will be time sensitive. Having medical response packs pre-assembled for those time crucial moments can help in better and more efficient medical care.

Disclosure: The information in this article is for informational purposes only. Nothing contained on this web site should be construed nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician or other qualified health care providers with any questions regarding medical care.


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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 August 13th, 2011
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One Response to SHTF Survival: First Response Packs for Medical Emergencies

  1. sunsense says:

    Stop blindly advocating sanitary pads and tampons. They are designed to draw out and absorb the menses blood and products.

    I want my blood to stay in my cardio-vascular system, NOT be sucked out by these items.

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