Medical equipment

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by arleigh, Aug 6, 2018.


  1. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Safety glasses and face shield .
    Might seem extreme ,but if your don't guard your self from accidental exposure you can jeopardize your self and others .
    Face shields and glasses are not that expensive and can be improvised , so it's not something that one must buy medical grade , but having them and the practice using them are whats important.
     
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  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I have safety glasses but have never considered a face shield.
     
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  3. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    So now you might want to consider it. Sneezes are wicked directional, so is arterial bleeding. There are some things you'd rather not have on your facial orifices or eyes. BTW, industrial face shield like for grinding are the berries for both medical and hazardous work. Go industrial rather than medical, seems like they are heavier duty.
     
  4. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I have different masks and my safety glasses I picked up either at the gun shop or the safety supply store. @ghrit do you have a face shield in your kit? My medical supplies keep growing and I have been considering getting a bigger bag.
     
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  5. Illini Warrior

    Illini Warrior Monkey+++

    depending on the med role you intend to play - there's safety type helmets with full face shields - handy for a field medic role
     
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  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    No, it's in the tool box (along with N95 masks) that goes everywhere I go that requires a vehicle. Consider also that a full blown EMT bag will displace most of the rest of the stuff in your bob. At some point, there is a limit to grab and go, it's an individual thing.
     
  7. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    I'm kind of on the fence here, As a former Combat Medic, I see the reasoning for having protective personal gear, HOWEVER, as a first responder or at least one equipped to deal with emergencies, there are many times its not practical or even possible. Its hard enough to have every thing you think you may need, and then adding in protective gear for your self on top of a good couple of pairs of gloves and other things, a Face shield isn't any near top of my list, nor safety glasses! Unless your SHTF situ includes dealing with the potential of communicable threats, then I would forgo that protective gear! I want to be well equipped, but I also don't want a bunch of stuff to deal with when things get sporty! SO.......................Take with a grain of powder and decide for your self what you think you need or can get by without!
     
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  8. Lancer

    Lancer TANSTAFL! Site Supporter+++

    And much, much cheaper.
     
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  9. Lancer

    Lancer TANSTAFL! Site Supporter+++


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    I do the CERT stuff here. and backstop the rural Fire/EMS we have. If I leave out the "I have a boo-boo" level of stuff, all my major med gear fits in a 24" range bag. First grab items, ie; gloves, a couple compression bandages and cling wrap, safety glasses with sides, an N95, lights, markers, triage tape, all live in the outside pockets. More of everything, plus 3x3s, gauze, Hyfins, alcohol wipes, splints, etc, etc are complemented inside. It pretty much lives in my primary vehicle. Anything larger and we're talking a daily PITA, and unwieldy for a BO situation. I do have an airtight tote box with everything else med related ready for the truck if it comes to that.
     
  10. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    If I were still doing the same Trauma work, I would be strapped with as much as I could carry in addition to my Trauma Pack and Chest Rig pack, so there is the possibilities to have a few extras! As a civy, I'm not doing that, and it makes no sense for me to try. I do keep a large Trauma pack and two smaller grab bags in my primary rig, so I have every thing i'm likely to ever need! I'm geared more for level 2 Trauma care, Keep you alive and worry about the fine tuning later, move on to the next casualty and so on, so my gear is more high speed, low drag! However, I'm also equipped to do more involved trauma care @ a Level 1 if I combine my Other two grab bags, and I can sustain that as long as my gear lasts, and even then, I can field Improvise to extend further!
    I would consider the types of emergencies your likely to face, as well as a long hard look at your skill set and decide what to have and what to toss aside in a storage container for later need! Keep in mind, Trauma care is One facet, longer term care, is going to have it's own challenges and needs! I'm not saying NOT to have these things as part of your load out, but I'm not going to!
     
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  11. Zimmy

    Zimmy Wait, I'm not ready! Site Supporter++

    Stock everything you think you may need if you had to treat your own kid in a SHTF situation without catching it yourself. Consider that you may be the person stuck in the "Death House" to try to save your youngest family member.

    Sadly, this may be influenza or some other mundane illness without a hospital to go to.

    Gear up for the worst to be able to provide the best.
     
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  12. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    When I was young and idealistic and noble I took little thought jumping for one disaster to another, but if my health were compromised every thing I'm doing comes to a halt.
    If you contract an illness from a patient your done as well. and if your moving an illness for one patient to another your a carrier.
    Haste is noble but not always the best medicine.
     
  13. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I have safety glasses, rubber gloves and a N95 mask in the glove box (also trunk & BOB). These are extras and a quick grab if needed. Those three things are a must for my CERT team. After my Las Vegas shooter thread & @DKR he would not have helped the wounded without PPE, it made me really think. I decided I needed more sets of PPE handy.
     
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  14. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Depend on if you need it for industrial or medical reasons. Welding, grinding, milling or lathe work with some metals, chain sawing, using wood chipper, need to protect more than just your eyes and I wear a face shield. Ebola and some other blood diseases require at least a face shield so it would seem to be better safe than sorry. I am not an EMT etc so I use it in a situation where I am not carrying it just in case I need it.
     
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  15. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    If you understand the value of the tool, and have the courage to improvise in the absence of the tool ,I think your further ahead .
    In the event of white out conditions and snow blindness is a threat, making an improvised pair of glasses or cloth over your face you can just see through can save your vision.
    Simply working on boats in the shop or out on the water, If I had to go below deck and above deck repeatedly , wearing an eye patch would help but I learned to close one eye before going up in bright light so that going below deck in the dark I was not blind .
    When you understand the importance of something being prepared makes a difference.
     
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