- November 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm #15752
Medicine and medical treatment is something all preppers must consider for regular life and surviving during SHTF. In this topic, I welcome you to contribute suggestions for prep items and if you care to share what you are doing.November 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm #15753
If you are trying to create or expand your kit, review the following videos from The Patriot Nurse. She created a 3 part series on “The ultimate Medical Kit”. Now, we all have our own opinions on must haves and what constitute an “ultimate kit”. I provide the links to get you going and help versus critique.
The ULTIMATE Medical Kit! (1 of 3)
The ULTIMATE Medical Kit! (2 of 3)
The ULTIMATE Medical Kit! (3 of 3)November 16, 2017 at 5:50 pm #15754
Disinfecting an injury is critical to first aid and reducing the potential for further complication from infection. In my medical preps, there are two items critical for disinfection, Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide.
Alcohol – I keep 70% and %91 Isopropyl for general cleaning (70%) and full disinfection (91%). I also stock a couple of swabs for wiping down tools, i.e., anything that is going to come into direct contact with your tissue.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Often overlooked, this is truly a multipurpose product for a host of disinfecting functions. Of course, it is a topical liquid that can be poured or sprayed on a wound to clean it.
Hygiene – You can also use it as an oral rinse when traditional brushing may not be an option or when you are feeling/seeing signs of stress, like a chancre sore, bitten your inner lip, “the tickle” of a cold, etc. If you have a water flosser, a 50/50 with water solution is great for deducing plaque.
Food Prep – If you plan to dehydrate or freeze dry fruits that are highly susceptible to fungal contamination, try soaking the fruit in a bath of a few tablespoons of peroxide to about 1/2 gallon of water. This works great on berries and grapes. Soak, rinse, dry and you are ready to process a clean product.November 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm #15944
Another option is Iodine, in full strength is an item not readily available and medical consultation is warranted before use as it is very powerful. However, a lower percentage content can be acquired from most drug stores, on line, and the pharmacy section of Walmart. An example would be Walmart’s brand “Equate” which has 10% Povidone-Iodine (a 1% pure Iodine equivalent) and intended as a First Aid Antiseptic. A couple of bottles (at least) is worth including in your Med Preps for promptly killing germs in Minor Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns.
If you attend gun or prep shows where medical supplies are available, look for sealed disposable Betadine Solution Swabstick packets. These are also 10% Povidone-Iodine and good to have for focused application. Of course, you can do a DIY approach with your own bottle and cotton swabs if you don’t mind breaking the seal on a bottle. Make sure you vacuum seal the DIY swabs so that they remain viable.November 22, 2017 at 12:37 am #15945
For wounds don’t forget raw honey, and Aloe Vera. Both are antiviral-antibacterial-andtifungal and all natural. They’re also great food products in the super-food class. If you’re in the right place both could also be sustainable (raise bees, grow aloe). Good barter products if you had them. I’m in Alaska so not a great area for either 🙁 There are small (4oz) bottles of honey, have them in my first aid kits. You could probably put some aloe vera gel in small bottles too, or cut a piece off, ziplock it, and take it with you.November 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm #16056
Bleeding, Feminine Napkins, and Tampons; Oh my!
Ok, not going to the normal point of those two products, but have you thought that menstruation is similar to exsanguination from a wound? So, if you one can use napkins and tampons for that designed purpose, why not other blood loss issues; ah, no reason.
Even if your group does not have or plan to have women in or going to be of menstruation age, you should include napkins and tampons in you medical preps.
- Both napkins and tampons come individually wrapped which keeps them hygienically clean.
- Napkins are a great multi-purpose absorbent towel for larger wound care where exsanguination control is necessary.
- Tampons for same purpose but more to the puncture type injury, be it GSW, arrow, spear, etc.
- tampon plastic case can be re-purposed in multiple ways.
- The cotton fabric and also be used for fire starting particularly when soaked in sanitizing liquid or Vaseline
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by PreparedMother.
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