As part of our emergency preparedness preparations (and because my husband was a Boy Scout), we've been slowly beefing up our stash of emergency medical supplies.
Ready.gov recommends the following basic first aid items:
Things You Should have in Your Emergency Medical Kit:
Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
Burn ointment to prevent infection.
Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.
Things That May be Good to Have In Your Emergency Medical Kit:
Cell phone with charger
Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
Antacid (for upset stomach)
Frankly folks, their list is pretty lightweight. I haven't had that few medical options I my house since I became a mom. Along with all the more standard off-the-shelf items you can see above, I also keep (and grow) and assortment of medicinal herbs.
In the Crisis Preparedness Handbook, they give a much more extensive list:
10 tongue depressors
1-lb roll absorbant cotton
6 Povidone Surgical Scrubs
20 Povidone prep pads
4 surgical sponges
1 pt hydrogen peroxide
16-oz Hibiclens cleanser
2 bars/person Fels Naptha soap
8-oz iodine shampoo
2/person houshold dusk mask
assorted Ziploc bags
3 large garbage bags
calamine or Caladryl lotion
100 grams activated charcoal Epsom salts
assorted plastic bandages
10 assorted Tefla gauze bandages
6 5×9 surgipad bandages
2 2×8 surgipad bandages
15 coverlet fingertip bandages
10 coverlet elbow/knee bandages
5 coverlet knuckle bandages
18×22 trauma dressings
2 traingular bandages
12 3×36 Vaseline gauze
2 rolls Kerlix bandages
3 or 4-inch Doma paste bandage
Spenco Second Skin
60×90 burn sheet or towels
roll resin plaster bandage
2 3-inch rolls cast liner
3 elastic bandages (1 each 2, 4, and 6 inch)
20 sterile swabs
disposable exam gloves
4-oz tube K-Y jelly
10 ammonia ampules
1 gal 70% isopropol alcohol
1 gal concentrated multipurpose sanitizer/germicide
2 lb high-test granular calcium hypochloride
Gatorade or ERG powder
assorted safety pins
2 cold compresses or instant ice packs
4 adhesive eye pads
20 2×2 gauze pads
20 3×3 gauze pads
60 4×4 gauze pads
16 rolls gauze (4 each 1, 2, 3, and 4 inch)
4 rolls Gauze tape (2 each 1 and 2 inch)
4 BandNet Tapeless Bandages (2 hand/foot, 1 each finger, head)
4 rolls adhesive tape (2 each, 1 inch and 2 inch)
10 butterfly enclosures and/or
12 Steri-Strips (6 each 1/2×4 and 1/4×3)
10 packs nylon sutures with needles (2 each 2-0, 5-0; 3 each 3-0, 4-0)
2 packs 3-0 plain gut suture (absorbable) with needles
He also give an entire page of medications/ointments, some of which are available over the counter, some of which are only available by prescription, and another of medical and dental equipment. The author suggests “finding an understanding physician that will give you the needed prescriptions”, but unfortunately, due to an ever increasing stranglehold of government regulations, this is now illegal. I recommend a copy of the book Herbal Antibiotics, and studying up on medicinal herbs and weeds that can be grown in your area. Odds are that the FDA will be following the lead of the European Union, and banning the sale of herbal supplements.
So, what have we got in our first aid and medical supplies for emergencies? From the top of the photo to the bottom:
Assorted gauze, bandages, band-aids and wraps
Excedrin, aspirin, Advil
Homeopathic first aid cream
xylitol nasal spray
natural mosquito repellant
eye wash cup
pen for marking bandages
3-M liquid bandage (New Skin Liquid Bandage really stings – I don't recommend it)
Herbalix smart salve
bandage removal scissors
Mini kit that fits inside band-aid tin with shoe strings, soap, alcohol wipes, tweezers, nail clippers, eye glass repair kit, cotton swabs
There's also an assortment of other items stashed around the house, like the Epsom salt and dust masks. We plan to keep adding items as budget allows, and as we can find them. Emergency Essentials has some of the items not commonly available off the shelf (like surgery kits), as well as some pre-prepped medical kits.