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Medical Kits
An often overlooked aspect of survival is first aid. Sure, most of us carry a small first aid kit in our Survival Bag or vehicle, but how long would you expect this kit to last? Even if you had a moderate amount of medical supplies stored at your home, you run the risk of exhausting your supply in just a few days. For those that take first aid and medical treatment to the extreme, you understand the importance of long term care.

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f you have been lucky enough to have never experienced surgery, a major injury, or illness then you may not understand the aspects of medical care. Bandages need to be changed regularly, some wounds are left open to drain, and injuries could take weeks to heal. If you get diarrhea, or worse dysentery, have an allergic reaction, run a high fever, would you have the medications to treat your illness? Do you have the knowledge to diagnose your symptoms or reference manuals to know how to properly bandage your wound or administer medications? What do you do if you cannot purchase medical supplies from your local pharmacy?

Short-Term Medical Kit
The Short-Term Medical Kit (SMK) consists of a higher quantity of items located in the PMK, and also items needed for intermediate care. The SMK is designed to have a 3-7 day supply of items for your family, and focuses on extra bandages, medications, and specialized needs. For instance, you can have items to treat burns, skin irritations, and items to clean debris from wounds and your eyes.

Recommended Items: Povidone-Iodine Swabsticks, 8 / Alcohol Swabstick (3 Pack), 5 / Alcohol Prep Pad, 24 / Finger Splint, Sam Splint, 3 / Triple Antibiotic In the modern world, most of us simply go to a family doctor or hospital whenever Ointment, 30 / Band-Aids (Assorted), 50 / Gauze Roll, Sterile 6", 2 / Gauze Roll, medical assistance is needed. But, during a grid-down scenario, this will not likely Sterile 4", 2 / Gauze, Sterile 4"x4", 7 / Cloth Tape, 3 Rolls / Butterfly Closure Strips, be an option. Preppers have to learn how to diagnose, treat, and manage medical 10 Packages (30 Total) / Tweezers, 1 / Scissors, 1 / Forceps, Straight 5", 1 / Sodium issues on our own. I am not advocating that we need to be experts, but we do need Chloride Irrigation USP, 30 ml, 8 / Burn Dressing, 2"x6", 1 / Burn Dressing, 4"x4", to know the basic tasks, and more importantly have the required medical supplies. 2 / Burn Dressing, 4"x16", 1 / Burn Jel, Individual, 5 / Ammonia Inhalant, 2 / Visine, A small first aid kit is exactly for that; “First” aid. They are not intended for long term 1 FL OZ, 2 / Hydrocortisone Cream 2 OZ, 1 / Pain & Fever Reliever (Acetaminophen, care. The amount of required medical supplies increases for each new injury, and Ibuprofen), 15 / Anti-Diarrheal, 175 / Exam Gloves, 10 these requirements multiply rapidly if you suffer a significant illness or injury. The average post operation can exhaust dozens of gauze / bandages, multiple rolls of Long-Term Medical Kit medical tape, and a cycle of antibiotics. Now, multiply that requirement for every The Long-Term Medical Kit (LMK) is located in your home. The LMK has enough member of your family. Here are a few basic questions to help you evaluate your items to treat every member in your family for at least a month. It can contain current medical preparedness: hundreds of bandages, several months of medications, and also more specialized supplies. You can have additional items to treat burns, conduct suturing, manage • Do you have a medical plan for a Bug Out? fractures and breaks, etc. The LMK also contains items that are not practical • o you have a large medical kit with enough supplies to treat every member of for everyday carry, and should be designed to supplement your PMK and SMK D your family/group? (contains similar items). More importantly, the LMK should be portable, meaning it can be put in your vehicle if you need to leave your home. • Do you have any prescription medication requirements? • Do you have antibiotics, pain relievers, and allergy medications? • Do you have alcohol, peroxide, iodine or other wound cleansing items? • Do you have a plan for long term medical care of injuries and illnesses? • Do you rotate your medical supplies, specifically medications?

Specialized Kits
Specialized kits contain items that are designed to conduct a specific task. Examples of these kits include Suturing, Burns, Trauma, Dental, Birthing, and additional medical instruments. Let’s face it; not everyone will feel comfortable suturing a wound, therefore they will not buy suturing items. So instead of clouding the recommended items list with things you will not use, or feel comfortable using, we have separated these into their own distinct kits.

Medical Kits

There are varying levels of medical kits. I group these kits into four categories: Bulk Medical Storage Personal Medical Kit, Short-Term Medical Kit, Long-Term Medical Kit, and Bulk The reality is; eventually you will exhaust your medical items in your PMK, SMK, Medical Storage. and LMK. You will have to replace each item after it is used. So where are you going to get that replacement from during a collapse? The bulk medical storage Personal Medical Kit (PMK) category is all of your medical items that do not fit into a specific bag. Think about The Personal Medical Kit is intended for personal use. Each member of my family having your own medical supplies store in a closet. I use totes filled with medical has a PMK in their Survival Bag, which consists of a small assortment of items that supplies. It is recommended to focus on bandages (gauze / Band-Aids), cleansing would be needed for wound management, basic medications and pain relievers, items (alcohol, peroxide), and tape. For bandages, have several hundred of them. and any regional considerations. The PMK is designed to take up a minimal amount For Alcohol / Peroxide have gallons. of space, and can fit inside a pocket. Are you feeling a little overwhelmed? Your priority is to build your PMK and SMK Recommended Items: Alcohol Prep Pads, 2 / Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 2 / Band- first. Next focus on your LMK. As you purchase items for these kits, you will also Aid Assortment, 10 / Gauze, Sterile 2”x2”, 2 / Gauze, Sterile 4”x4”, 1 / Tape, 1” Roll have overages, which can be put in your bulk medical storage container. For a list / Butterfly Closure Strips, 1 Package (3 Total) / Allergy Medications, 5 / Diarrhea of these items with links for where to purchase them, see page 2. Medications, 5 / Pain & Fever Relievers, 5.

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Medical Kits (Continued)
ITEM BANDAGES Alcohol Prep Pads Povidone-Iodine Swabsticks Triple Antibiotic Ointment Band-Aid Assortment Gauze, Sterile 2"x2" Gauze, Sterile 4"x4" Gauze, Roll Sterile 4" Eye Pad Tape, 1" Roll Butterfly Closure Strips Moleskin MEDICATIONS Allergy Medications Anti-Diarrheal Medications Acetaminiphen Ibuprofen Hydrocortisone Cream Athlete’s Foot Cream Poison Ivy/Oak Medication Visine INSTRUMENTS Tweezers Scissors / Shears Forceps, Straight Forceps, Curved FRACTURE / SPRAIN Finger Splint Sam Splint Ace Bandage Safety Pins DENTAL KIT Dental Kit Clove Bud Oil BURN KIT Burn Dressing, Water Jel Combo Burn Jel, Individual SUTURING KIT Scalpel Suture Surgical Skin Stapler Suture Removal Kit Laceration Tray TRAUMA KIT Israeli Bandage Tourniquet QuikClot Airway, Oral Blood Pressure Cuff 1 1 1 1 1 $5.19 $21.38 $9.98 $4.55 $18.32 $5.19 $21.38 $9.98 $4.55 $18.32 1 1 1 1 1 $5.19 $21.38 $9.98 $4.55 $18.32 Package Qty 200 50 100 280 50 25 12 25 12 10 24 600 400 500 1000 2 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 10 144 1 1 7 25 10 100 1 1

The below items are recommendations. This list should be used as a guide to start building your medical kit(s). Item quantities and prices are shown to give you a perspective of how much a kit will cost to build. The quantity of items, prices, and product links were current at the release of this article.
Price $4.10 $16.60 $16.08 $12.51 $6.66 $5.10 $5.32 $6.82 $13.43 $6.72 $4.05 $6.45 $8.95 $9.38 $16.00 $12.92 $3.25 $5.08 $19.74 $4.54 $3.67 $3.00 $4.60 $8.79 $4.77 $13.15 $4.45 $25.95 $6.43 $38.00 $12.95 $13.45 $51.95 $13.44 $4.59 Price (Per Item) Purchase $0.02 $0.33 $0.16 $0.04 $0.13 $0.20 $0.44 $0.27 $1.12 $0.67 $0.17 $0.01 $0.02 $0.02 $0.02 $6.46 $3.25 $5.08 $6.58 $4.54 $3.67 $3.00 $4.60 $2.93 $4.77 $1.32 $0.03 $25.95 $6.43 $5.43 $0.52 $1.35 $0.52 $13.44 $4.59 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 4 Purchase Total $8.20 $16.60 $16.08 $12.51 $13.32 $10.20 $5.32 $6.82 $13.43 $6.72 $4.05 $6.45 $8.95 $9.38 $16.00 $12.92 $3.25 $5.08 $19.74 $4.54 $7.34 $6.00 $9.20 $8.79 $14.31 $13.15 $4.45 $25.95 $6.43 $38.00 $12.95 $13.45 $51.95 $40.32 $18.36 PMK Qty 2 0 2 10 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 5 5 5 5 PMK Cost Total $0.04 $0.32 $0.45 $0.27 $0.20 $0.00 $0.00 $1.12 $0.67 $0.34 $0.05 $0.11 $0.09 $0.08 SMK Qty 20 10 20 100 20 10 5 2 3 5 10 200 200 100 100 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 10 SMK Cost Total $0.41 $3.32 $3.22 $4.47 $2.66 $2.04 $2.22 $0.55 $3.36 $3.36 $1.69 $2.15 $4.48 $1.88 $1.60 $6.46 $3.25 $5.08 $6.58 $4.54 $3.67 $3.00 $4.60 $2.93 $4.77 $2.63 $0.31

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