First Aid Kits

First Aid
The subject of first aid is not something that can be easily put to words by me. Skills are what make up the majority or the first aid subject for survivalists. The best thing you can do is get training, as much as possible really. The basic requirement is CPR and First Aid, which anyone can get in a day through the Red Cross, a local hospital or the local fire department. With these skills you will learn how to take care of minor problems, and help out if there is ever a major problem. This is great, but it’s not quite enough for the survivalist who is planning for the future. Wilderness First Aid and Emergency Medical Technician training is going to give you skills that will not only be helpful in a disaster, but very valuable skill set in a post event situation.

Teeth deserve some attention of their own. Keep your teeth clean and well taken care of. Dentistry after a disaster is going to be limited to pulling teeth, unless you have a close contact with some skills. For most of us this is not going to be the case. I would recommend trying to hunt down any books on the subject that you can find, just in case. “Where there is no dentist” is
one I own personally. A good set of dentist’s tools could be extremely useful as well.

Storing medications and herbal remedies is highly recommended, especially if you have a condition that requires meds. Talk to your doctor about getting as much of the med as possible at a time. Sometimes, living way out in the woods and only making trips to town once or twice a month is a good excuse. Storing vitamins and minerals, as well as supplements will also be useful, especially if you anticipate a big change in diet after the disaster.

First Aid Kits
The home first aid kit:
Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes,
2-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
4-inch sterile gauze pads (4-6)
Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
Triangular bandages (3)
2-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
3-inch sterile roller bandages (3 rolls)
Scissors
Tweezers
Needle
Moistened towelettes
Antiseptic
Thermometer
Tongue blades (2)
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Assorted sizes of safety pins
Cleansing agent/soap
Latex gloves (2 pair)
Sunscreen
Non-prescription drugs
Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
Anti-diarrhea medication Antacid (for stomach upset)
Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Laxative
Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)
Antibiotic Ointment
Aspirin Tablets (5 grain)
Kaopectate
Medication recommended by your doctor
Bandages
Ace bandage
Adhesive tape, 2″ wide roll
Bandages, plastic strips
Bandages, large triangular
Butterfly bandages
Cotton-tipped swabs
Gauze pads (4″ x 4″)
Sterile absorbent cotton
Sterile gauze bandages, 2″ & 4″ wide rolls
First Aid handbook
Petroleum jelly
Pocket/utility knife
Rubbing alcohol
Scissors
Thermometer
Tissues
Tweezers
K-Y Jelly
tea tree oil, one fluid ounce, a natural antiseptic
One of those emergency blankets that look like foil, folded up to about three inches by three inches, and is sold for about $5 each in camping stores.
One enema bag per person, with the knowledge of when to give enemas to rehydrate, raise core body temp, and flush out the intestines from cholera and similar bacterial diseases that lodge in the intestines and can be flushed away. In the absence of professional medical care, properly administered saline enemas can save a person from cholera.

Other recommended items are sutures, syringes, and other medical supplies that most of us view as fairly sophisticated. I recommend that you start with what’s listed here and then study Red Cross materials and determine what they should keep in stock for their own situation.

The car first aid kit is less extensive, and it should not be confused with the car emergency kit, of which it is a part but not the whole.
Burn ointment
Gauze bandage rolls
ACE bandage rolls
Dressing sponges
Antibiotic ointment
Gauze pads
Iodine or similar prep pads
Alcohol prep pads
Butterfly bandages
Antibiotic ointment
Medical adhesive tape
Blanket
Scissors
Signal flares or reflective upright triangles

The evacuation first aid kit (part of the bug out kit) should contain the following, as a minimum:
Bandages
ACE bandage
Antibiotic ointment
Anti-Fungal ointment
Gauze pads
Iodine or similar prep pads
Alcohol prep pads
Butterfly bandages
Antibiotic ointment
Medical adhesive tape
Aspirin and/or non-aspirin pain relievers
Tweezers

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