Part of being prepared is having first Aid supplies in case of a medical emergency and you are unable to get medical help. I have compiled a list, I have researched this and hope I have all of what would be needed. I also plan on using herbs ( that I grow and gather myself )essential oils, and natural remedies. I have taken a few courses and have several herbal books on hand.
Everyone should take a basic first aid and CPR class.
Here is a list of what you should have on hand.
Betadine ( you can get this at farm and ranch store in the vet care section)
Band-Aids of all sizes including butterfly
Gauze- pads and rolls
Thermometer & fresh batteries ( if you can find an old-timey thermometer that doesn’t require batteries all the better)
Antibiotics (if you can get these from your doc or look into fish antibiotics ) for each person; a
week’s worth; preferably not liquid form as it doesn’t last as long.
Hot water bottles (x2)
Plastic Inflatable splints for arms and legs
Benadryl (Liquid and pills) This is a must for people with any type of allergy.
Fever-reducing medications such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Triple Antibiotic Cream
Aluminum finger splints
Instant cold packs
Disposable synthetic gloves
Bulb syringe for flushing out wounds
Blood pressure cuff
Needle and thread
Ipecac- induces vomiting
Cough drops / Cough syrup
Medicine cup or spoon
Superglue (when minor stitches are needed, but you can’t get them)
Burn care kit
Dental filling repair kit
Any prescription meds you currently take
Children’s/baby Tylenol and Motrin
Sugar ( they used sugar during the civil war on wounds to stop infections)
IV and fluids (not sure where to get these?)
Here is a list of recommended books that would be handy to have on hand.
The survival Medicine handbook by J. Alton M.D. and A. Alton A.R.N.P. (This book has a wealth of information) This is my first choice.
Where There Is No Doctor
Where There Is No Dentist
The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
Ship’s Medicine Chest and First Aid at Sea
US Army Special Forces Medical Handbook
The Physicians Desk Reference
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
In all your vehicles, you should have a small first aid kit in addition to a cell phone.
Cell phones need to have enough battery power to turn on, but they don’t need a contract with a service to call 9-1-1. Federal law mandates that cell phones must be able to reach 9-1-1 anytime the number is called, regardless of the service agreement. Take that old cell phone you don’t use anymore and put it in your first aid kit for emergencies ( make sure to have a charger with it). If you don’t have one, there are programs to unite old, unused cell phones with people who need them for emergencies.
I think it is wise to be prepared for anything if you are unable to reach medical help. If we ever have an economic collapse or a natural disaster you will be glad to have these things. And being able to take care of your self or someone else is super important if no other help is available.
As I mentioned above I incorporate as many herbs and essential oils as I can.
If you can think of anything else I would love to hear what they are.