First-Aid kits

First aid kits
ANSI First aid kits, Dental Medic kit, pandemic kits and more

You are your family's first responder! Concentrate on the
seven areas of prepper first aid for survival.

First and foremost, make sure you have supplies readily
available that you can easily transport at a moments notice.
The G.I. style issue medics bag, pictured immediate left, can be
carried by the carrying handle or the back pack straps and is a
popular choice among the most serious of preppers. It's fully
stocked and ready to go. Even so, your job is to know the
contents so that when you need them most, you aren't fumbling
to find what you need.

If you decide to assemble your own bag, be sure to pack it
knowing the seven areas of first aid, so you can respond
promptly with the proper course of action.

Seven Areas of Prepper First Aid
Diarrhea, wound injuries; spontaneous fevers; dehydration;
infections; and pandemic exposure -- a lot can happen in a
catastrophic event. We categorized these problems into seven
areas of first aid to help you better prepare:

Prepper First Aid Issue #1: Diarrhea.
Watery bowel movements caused by viruses, bacteria,
parasites, medications, lactose or fructose intolerance, and
other digestive disorders need attention. Without a doubt,
diarrhea kills! Look to any under developed country and you'll
see first hand how prevention and knowledge can prevent
diarrhea. In survival times, parasites will be a  problem. You'll
be hunting meat and your water may not be as pure as you're
drinking today. Take heed now to prevent diarrhea.  Towards
prevention, here are some ideas on what to pack:

  1. Enzyme supplement for digestive health.
  2. Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood Complex to treat
    parasites.
  3. Anti-diarrheal, such as Immodium or generic equivalent is
    essential.
  4. Activated charcoal tablets for poisoning emergencies, which
    is also in our list of Survival Medicines.
  5. Tums, Alka Seltzer, Prilosec or equivalent heartburn relief.
    According to Web MD there are 42 conditions associated
    with diarrhea and heartburn.
  6. Vinegar, such as Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar to help
    prevent yeast infection, stomach upset, and acid
    indigestion.
  7. Pedialyte or equivalent electrolyte drink for kids. Pack
    sports drinks for the adults. Another option is to add a
    teaspoon of salt to a quart of apple juice. Or drink clear
    broths.

Learn more
digestive system pointers from the Survival Doc.

Prepper First Aid Issue #2: Wound care.
Cuts, scrapes, punctures and penetrating wounds, burns,
blisters, bites and stings, also extreme fluctuations of
temperature and radiation burns. Your skin acts as barrier to
the world protecting your body from infection, extreme
temperature fluctuations and radiation. Simply preppers must
maintain skin integrity or risk for infection.
  1. Soap and rubbing alcohol for cleaning.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide to prevent infections in scrapes and
    burns.
  3. Neosporin generic equivalent antibiotic (or Polysporin for
    people who are allergic to Neosporin).
  4. Bandages (sterile pads and gauze, cotton and medical
    tape): Variety is key! Sterile Gauze; non-adherent sterile
    pads; butterfly bandages and medical tape.
  5. Burns. Burn Jel offers effective relief for burns. It's always
    best to keep the burn area under cold water for 15 minutes
    after injury. Also, never intentionally try to pop the blister
    that may form. A blister that forms is the body's own
    defense. To provide a sterile protection to keep a burn
    from popping, tape a sterile gauze on the wound.
  6. Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream to soothe poison ivy,
    rashes, eczema irritation  and Psoriasis irritation.
  7. Moleskin for blister prevention
  8. Blister Medic (blister first aid kit for your feet)
  9. Ibuprofen relieves pain, but also prevents swelling.
  10. Instant cold packs. Early intervention is key for a sprain,
    and you may need to get the wound cold fast.
  11. QuickClot (alternatives include a tampon or sanitary napkin)
    QuickClot. QuickClot Be sure to get QuikClot® Sport™
    Silver, which has added antibacterial advantage of ionic
    silver. Silver acts to prevent the growth of bacteria and
    fungi which can be especially important if medical care is
    not immediately available (or ever at all).
  12. Tweezers, Sterile scissors, (Advanced preppers may like to
    pack sutures and scalpel kits)
  13. Splints
  14. Steri strips skin closure.
  15. Sun screen lotions and zinc oxide to mitigate chaffed skin.

Prepper First Aid Issue #3: Upper Respiratory Infections.
Most common in the Fall and Winter, an upper respiratory
infection include runny noses, coughs and sore throats (on the
more severe range breathing difficulties and lethargy).
  1. Antihistimine.
  2. Flash light to check throat.
  3. Halls cough drops –  to soothe throat.
  4. Thieves Oil. During the 15th-century plague, thieves used
    an oil of cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics to protect
    themselves while robbing plague victims. In the Survival
    Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the
    Way by Joseph Alton M.D. and Amy Alton ARNP, they
    recommend stocking Thieves Oil! (Page 78.) for upper
    respiratory infections.
  5. Hydrogen Peroxide (oral debriding agent). Effective as an
    oral debriding agent, hydrogen peroxide can aid in
    removing phlegm, mucus or other secretions associated
    with a sore mouth.

Prepper First Aid Issue # 4: Pain and Fever.
Causal range for fever includes virus, bacterial infection, heat
exhaustion, and extreme sunburn. To mitigate fever, you'll need
the following:
  1. Analog Thermometer (preferably mercury free). Other
    prepper Web sites often omit this fact: the battery of your
    digital thermometer might not work when you need it
    most! You'll need the traditional shake down analog
    thermometer if you don't have replacement batteries or in
    the event of an EMP power grid failure and the batteries
    don't work in your digital thermometer. This inexpensive
    oral thermometer is non-toxic and mercury free, and reads
    both Fahrenheit and Celsius. It requires no batteries!
  2. Ibuprofen (also prevents swelling).
  3. Chemical heat and cold packs.
  4. Fish Mox (amoxicillin). Consult your doctor about FishMox,
    which is the same amoxicillin prescribed for humans, to see
    if this is right for you and your family. This antibiotic
    intended for fish may be the only antibiotic available in
    uncertain times when a doctor is not available.

Prepper First Aid  #5: Flu and Pandemic.
Epidemic spread of colds, flu, bird and swine flu is of high
concern to preppers.
  • Respirators. Pandemic mask is an affordable option for
    stocking your first aid kit with pandemic supplies. It helps
    reduce the risk of spreading germs, as with the swine flu,
    common cold or a bird flu pandemic.
  • Gloves. Nitrile exam gloves: Keep inside zip lock bag.
    Bacteria and dirt, exposing.
  • Pandemic Flu Kit. The Pandemic Flu Kit hand, by
    Sundstrom, is a comprehensive kit that includes a high-
    efficiency P100 particle filter. Each filter tested for
    99.997% absorption capacity for very small particles such
    as bacteria and viruses. A single respirator and filter can
    be disinfected and reused. The very simple to understand
    disinfection procedure uses inexpensive alcohol bath. Best
    of all, it's NIOSH approved.
  • Infection Protection Kit: Add the infection protection kit,
    right to your pandemic flu kit. This has all the personal
    protective equipment and supplies, such as N95
    respirators, eye protection, vinyl gloves, disposable
    thermometers, biohazard bags and more.
  • Read the full article for planning for a pandemic.

Prepper First Aid Issue #6: Dental emergencies.
If one thing's for sure: you need a dental first aid kit. If you
review history, you'll ind dental pain can amount to suicide!
Dentists and dental hygienists might not be available either, so
you'd be well advised to carry a Dental First Aid kit. Your
personal dental emergency kit will be different if you have a
child with braces or someone in your family who has dentures.
  1. Hydrogen peroxide as mentioned above, is an oral
    debriding agent.
  2. Hurricaine Topical Anesthetic Gel
  3. Dental Medic (Dental first Aid Kit): Be it an infection, a lost
    filling, or a fractured tooth, the excruciating pain of dental
    emergencies can bring the happiest of Happy Preppers to
    their knees. The Dental Medic contains the essentials for
    treating dental pain and injury when a dentist isn't
    available, from basic supplies like floss, cotton, and oral
    anaesthetic to more advanced components like temporary
    cavity filling mixture and dental wax. The Dental Medic kit
    is a "must have" for any bug out bag or survival plan.













Prepper First Aid #7: Personal emergencies (other medical
conditions).
Of course this basic prepper list is not exhaustive. You'll need
to plan other personal medical emergencies, which may include
the following:

  • First aid for allergies / anaphylaxis: Someone in your
    group may require an autoinjector. An Epi-pen requires a
    prescription. Get another from your doctor while you still
    can. In case an autoinjector is not available, Benadryl is
    always useful to have on hand for allergies, especially if an
    epi-pen is not available.

  • First aid for diabetes: A family member may require
    insulin, which requires refrigeration and glucose tablets.
    Treatment for feet will be an issue.

  • First Aid for Eye Care! Ensure you have some Visine
    (several bottles, because if the bottle tip hits another
    surface it becomes infected and useless).

First Aid Preparations
During a catastrophe the first responders (police officers,
firefighters or paramedics) might not be available, while doctors
or nurses will likely be overwhelmed depending on the
conditions. You'll need to make some preparations for first aid!

1. Have a basic first manual available.
The First Aid Manual, by the American College of Emergency
Physicians, shows you how to treat more than 100 medical
conditions and injuries, whether a minor burn or a heart attack.

2. Get connected to the American Red Cross.
Take an
American Red Cross first aid class or CPR class. In a
basic first aid class with the American Red Cross, participants
learn to recognize and care for a variety of first aid
emergencies, such as burns, cuts and scrapes, sudden illnesses,
head, neck and back injuries, and heat and cold emergencies.
Refresher courses are necessary biannually.

3. Be prepared to know how to use everything in your kit.
Allergic reactions, asthma attacks, poisonings and snake bites
require immediate action. Find out how to handle these urgent
first aid situations before they happen.

  • EPI-pens & Inhalers: Before you need it, learn how an EPI-
    pen works. Everyone in the family should know how to use
    an epinephrine auto injector if someone in the family
    carries one. The same goes for an inhaler, also called a
    puffer, if someone in your family has asthma or a chronic
    lung condition, know how to use it.
  • Snake Bite Kit. If you live in a region with poisonous
    snakes, learn how to use a snake bit kit.
  • Bee sting kit. Bee stings are painful for some or deadly for
    others. Do what you can to remove the pain or harm with a
    bee sting kit.
  • Burns. Know the treatment of burns: they are the second
    leading cause of death in young children. Do not use ice or
    butters! The best course of immediate action is to hold the
    burned area under cool running water for 15 minutes.
  • Tourniquet. Misuse of a  tourniquet could result in loss of
    limb. Get an overview now of how to use a tourniquet, but
    then back up this basic knowledge with training.
  • Splinters Removal Kit. Even a splinter could result in a
    bad infection. Learn how to properly remove splinters.
  • Ammonia inhalant. An Ammonia inhalant is used in cases
    of fainting or momentary loss of consciousness.
    Astonishingly, preppers often overlook this essential!

4. Get a book: Here are two excellent books for when there is
no doctor:

  • Book: "When There Is No Doctor: Preventive and
    Emergency Healthcare in Challenging Times (Process Self-
    reliance Series), pictured above, by Gerard s. Doyle. This
    book is smartly designed and full of medical tips and
    emergency suggestions. For Preppers, it should be no
    further than an arm’s reach away in your household.

  • Book: "The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine
    Handbook":  Dr. Bones, aka Joseph Alton M.D. and Nurse
    Amy Alton ARNP, bring you this must have handbook for
    your first aid and survival kit. Intended those who want to
    ensure the health of their loved ones in any disaster
    situation, from hurricanes to a complete societal collapse,
    this handbook will be a lifesaver. Integrative medical
    strategies abound for situations in which medical help is
    NOT on the way. This book teaches how to deal with all
    the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster
    situation, and shows you strategies to keep your family
    healthy even in the worse scenarios. You'll learn skills like
    performing a physical exam, transporting the injured
    patient, and even how to suture a wound! Hook up with
    these fine preppers on Facebook!

5. Get more information about first aid:

  • Check out the Mayo Clinic First Aid Index: The Mayo Clinic
    has an extremely useful First Aid Index to review and print
    for your personal survival manual.

  • Visit The Survival Doctor Web site. Author and survivalist
    James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. offers guidelines for life-
    threatening emergencies. Dr. Hubbard provides an array of
    advice on survival medical topics. Discover "What to do
    when help is not on the way." Get his book and visit The
    Survival Doctor Web site now.

  • Follow the Patriot Nurse on YouTube. The Patriot Nurse
    provides practical tips for first aid and medical concerns as
    well as practical prepping advice.

Commercially Available Preppers First Aid Kits
Preppers pack a variety of first aid kits in different locations,
which may include a vehicle first aid kit, an EMT first aid kit, a
dental medic kit, a pandemic kit or a tactical medic kit, and
even a pet first aid kit. Then there are kits for the bug-out bag,
kits for camping, and kits for the office, such as an ANSI
approved kit, and more! Each prepper's medical kit has its
purpose.

Many of the kits available on the market provide a good start,
but often you'll need to add to them. For example, with a
Dental Medic, you can add extra coverage for lost fillings and
loose caps. If your child has braces, you'll want the Braces
Emergency Kit a special tool, available at the bottom right of
the page. This tool has toothed-end nippers for clipping off
dangerous wire braces when they snap under. It all depends on
you and your family's personal needs.

Preppers usually like to assemble their own kits, but for those
who don't (or simply don't know where to start), here are some
of our favorite first aid kits:

  • Wall mounted First aid kit (463 items): Pictured below,
    the wall-mounted first aid kit includes a handy reorder
    form, so you'll never run out of what you need. This is a
    top of the line industrial station that's packed with the
    medicines you need. It goes well beyond the traditional
    first aid kit, and includes an instruction booklet.






















  • Wall mounted First Aid Kit (326 items): If you're looking
    for a comprehensive first aid kit at a reasonable price, then
    consider the first aid kit, pictured immediate right. The 326
    pieces of comprehensive first aid treatment products meet
    or exceed OSHA and ANSI guidelines for business use.
    Mount it to your wall. OSHA & ANSI Compliant first aid kits.
    It's around $25. Above it is a two pack with handles for
    your vehicle.














  • Portable ANSI First Aid Kit (205 items):  Perfect for
    hiking, camping, marine adventures, home and auto, the
    portable 205 piece outdoor softsided kit, pictured abov and
    right, features all the essential first aid items for minor
    aches and injuries. Supplies are easy to find in the clear-
    pocket pages. Kit includes: first aid guide, accident report
    form, vinyl gloves, sunblock, lip ointment, blister
    prevention, insect sting relief pads, assorted bandages and
    gauze dressings, antiseptics, ointments including burn
    relief, and more.

  • Burn Free Emergency Kit: The Burn Free Emergency burn
    kit has four 4x4 sterile burn dressings, 12 Burn Free Pain
    relieving gel packets, one 4 oz bottle of Burn Free Gel and
    2 Gauze roll bandages. Packed in a plastic case that can be
    wall-mounted or carried.

  • Vehicle First Aid Kit. A vehicle first aid kit is handy. Packed
    with several first aid products to assist with any accident,
    the large vehicle kit, right, is crush, water and dust
    resistant, with a gasket to insure dryness. Load your car
    with these 9 Prepper Vehicle Essentials.

  • First aid kit for dogs. Pictured below is a comprehensive
    survival kit for a dog includes emergency dog food, water,
    shelter, and more. If you have a dog, then here's how to
    prepare for your dog.













Happy Endings...
While a
list of suggested first aid products is helpful, a better
approach is to stock supplies in preparation for specific injuries
and sicknesses most likely to occur. Such is the Happy Prepper
philosophy of emergency preparedness, and so this article
outlines the top emergencies and how to prepare your medical
kits accordingly.

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