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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Emergency Medical Survival Kit - What You Must Have to Protect Yourself and Your Family


Global economic collapse that could leave billions of people without access to adequate medical care for a year or longer is a terrifying specter on the horizon, say experts, but you can protect yourself from a health disaster with an inexpensive medical survival kit that includes the items we recommend below:

1. Five or more gallons of fresh distilled water, bottled, for flushing wounds and other sterile purposes in emergencies.

Una de Gato (cats claw): jungle herb for 100 or more health challenges will come in handy after economic and social collapse.

2. Bandages, gauze, sharp scissors, tweezers, throw-away scalpels, disposable gloves, adhesive bandages, needle and sterile thread and other rudimentary medical and surgical tools.

3. Several bottles of rubbing alcohol.

4. A years supply of aspirin or any other pain reliever of your choosing, prescription if you can get it, over-the-counter if you cant. Herbal stress relievers such as Rescue Remedy and no-stress capsules can help with anxiety generally, as related to the economic crash, and specifically as related to trauma or injury.

5. Several 8-oz. bottles of colloidal silver liquids (in dark color glass bottles) that can be used in lieu of or in addition to prescription antibiotics for dental and systemic infections. Potent trace-mineral wound sprays derived from purified sea salts have a long shelf-life and will come in handy for direct application as needed.

6. A supply of anti-bacterial, immune-supporting herbs to defend against bacterial outbreaks and epidemics or, if it should happen, a terror attack against the U.S. For sheer affordability, as we gave judged in ou rlong experience with herbals, Venus Flytrap Extracts and Cat's Claw products are excellent choices.

7. A supply of any good anti-viral formulation that contains licorice root, goldenseal root extract, and St. Johns wort extract for additional support against viral outbreaks.

Many people already have these herbs on their medicine shelf already. Survivalists, for example, almost certainly have them stashed away, as do herbalists and people who prefer natural medications over synthetic pharmaceuticals.

8. Toilet paper - and lots of it. Not necessarily a medical need, but important for people who are used to it. Considered a joke by some, survivalists have long made it clear that TP, like ammunition for guns, will become extraordinarily valuable during an economic meltdown.

The Department of Homeland Security and other authorities include the items below for the most comprehensive possible kit to meet any emergency:

Dressings ( sterile , applied directly to wound ):

Pads

Sterile eye pads

Sterile gauze pads

Sterile non-adherent pads

Burn dressing (sterile pad soaked in a cooling gel)

Bandages:

Gauze roller bandages - absorbent, breathable, and often elastic

Elastic bandages - used for sprains, and pressure bandages

Adhesive, elastic roller bandages - very effective pressure bandages or durable, waterproof bandaging

Triangular bandages - used as slings, tourniquets, to tie splints, and many other uses

Adhesive bandages (band-aids, sticking plasters )

Straight adhesive bandages

Moleskin for blister treatment

Butterfly (knuckle) bandages and wound closure strips

Instruments:

Adhesive tape , hypoallergenic

Trauma shears , for cutting clothing and general use

Tweezers

Lighter , for sterilizing tweezers or pliers etc

20-cc syringe with catheter tip for wound irrigation with sterile saline solution

Rubber suction bulb, for clearing the airway of an unconscious patient

Equipment:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Gloves , disposable non- latex

CPR mask or other breathing barrier such as a face shield

Scissors

Eye cup or small plastic cup

Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulbs)

Instant-acting chemical cold packs

Sterile eye wash (commonly saline)

Sterile saline (used for cleaning wounds where clean tap water is not available, but note that even clean tap water should be converted to normal saline by adding salt)

Swabs, sterile non-woven

Space blanket (lightweight plastic foil blanket, also known as emergency blanket)
Alcohol rub (hand sanitizer) or antiseptic hand wipes

Thermometer

Penlight (with extra batteries)

Medication:

Antiseptics / antimicrobial

Povidone iodine wipes (use for first-aid disputed)

Benzalkonium Chloride (use for first-aid disputed)

Alcohol pads - used to prep unbroken skin for injections etc. or to disinfect equipment such as thermometers.

Antibiotic pills (use for first-aid disputed)

Antibiotic ointment - single, double, or triple antibiotic ointment in petroleum jelly base

Antiseptic/anesthetic ointment, fluid or spray, for example Lidocaine

Anti-fungal cream

Anti-itch ointment

Hydrocortisone cream

Calamine lotion

Painkillers / fever reducers:

Acetaminophen

Ibuprofen - anti-inflammatory, often more effective than acetaminophen.

Aspirin

Anti diarrhea medication such as Loperamide Immodium

Oral rehydration salt

Antihistamine

diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl)

Aloe vera gel - used for a wide variety of skin problems, including burns, sunburns, itching, and dry skin; used as a substitute for triple-antibiotic gel to keep a wound moist and prevent bandages from sticking

Burn gel - a water-based gel that acts as a cooling agent and often includes a mild anesthetic such as lidocaine and, sometimes, an antiseptic such as tea tree oil

Epinephrine auto-injector (brand name Epipen) - often included in kits for wilderness use and in places such as summer camps, to treat anaphylactic shock.

Poison treatments:

Activated charcoal

Syrup of ipecac

QuikClot is a hemostatic agent sometimes included in first aid kits, especially military kits, to control severe bleeding.

Tincture of benzoin improves tape adhesion to skin, toughens cracked skin.

Advanced first aid manual

Strong backpack to hold all the supplies.

There are many different ways to compile an emergency medical kit. By doing a little studing and research, you may find several other alternatives or extra additions that can be added to this kit.

The most important point here is the need to have an emergency medical kit, one which is portable, in case you need to bug out (leave home).

For excellent information on bugout bags and kit information can be found at
www.urbansurvivalskills.com. The webmaster is a retired special forces soldier and an expert on survival topics.


Charles

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