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What all medical supplies do you have in your bag?

Discussion in 'Survival Medicine' started by chambers270, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. chambers270

    chambers270 Monkey++

    I am sure this has been discussed before, but I did not come upon any recent threads and figured we could stand another session any way. In your "bug out bag" what medical supplies do you have? Everyone has a little different perspective I am sure so feel free to add to the list. I will start and since I can not find the list I had typed I will try from memory.

    Assorted Sizes Band-Aids
    Small & Large Non stick pads
    Trauma (ABD) Pads
    Butterfly sutures
    Dermabond (or even Crazy glue)
    Finger Splint
    Dressing Tape
    Duct Tape
    Hot/Cold Pack
    Ace Wrap
    Arm Sling
    Eye Wash
    CPR Mask
    Surgical Mask
    Space Blanket
    Antibiotics (if you have any stashed)
    Burn Cream
    Hydrocortisone Cream
    Antibiotic Cream

    If anyone in your family uses any of the following you should include them also:
    Eye glasses (Even old prescription is better than nothing)
    Diabetic Supplies
    Any type of medication that you have to take on a daily basis (blood pressure meds)
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  2. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    vet wrap
    DMSO roll-on
    super glue
    clean cotton hand towel
    bandaids, assorted sizes
    Kwik Stop

    I keep it pretty light. Oh, and a mosquito repellent coil bracelet.
  3. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Having a nurse and a cross trained medic doing two classes at the gathering.
  4. Airtime

    Airtime Monkey+++ Site Supporter

    So a few ideas to consider for a first aid kit for a bug out bag. If you can find an item that can perform multiple functions then you may be able to save weight and space dropping several other items. Here are some examples:

    So looking at the first list you could drop the cold pack and eye wash and add a small freezer zip lock with some ammonium nitrate fertilizer (which is pretty light) and a couple bottles of water. Bottled water is actually pretty sterile and can be used to hydrate if needed, mix some with the ammonium nitrate in the zip lock to create a cold pack, it can be used to irrigate wounds and as an eye wash (it wont be buffered to minimize any sting but will still work quite well.)

    Skip the finger splint and add a generic Sam splint which is basically thin aluminum sheet with thin foam bonded to each side that can be cut with a knife or EMT shears. Cut a small piece and you have the finger splint, pad with a small towel or trama pads and bandana and it can serve as a C/collar. It can also be formed to make a hand, arm, foot or ankle splint.

    Oh, don't have a sam splint, add a strip of 18 gauge mild aluminum 3x30 inches rolled up tight and several packages of moleskin. Need a splint, unroll, apply moleskin to the aluminum to pad and bingo, instant sam splint. But the mole skin can be used for other things as well as the aluminum such as a bearing surface for the hand piece for a bow drill for fire starting.

    Skip the arm sling and add a good bandana. As noted above it can be used as padding or to secure the splint, can be a sling, used to secure other bandages, to soak in water from the water bottle above to help cool a person with heat exhausion or heat stroke, used as a surgical mask so that can go away and worst case as a trauma bandage/pad.

    There are more of these kinds of things one can do. Maybe worthy of a thread just exploring multiple functionality striving to minimize the things in the aid bag with maybe not the ideal solution (like a true trauma c-collar) but with sufficiently adequate options.

    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014
  5. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey++

    Ammonia Inhalant (10 per unit ). Penlights.2.
    Bandage "4”x 10yds plastic vials 1% Lidocaine Hydrochloride Injection USP 2 cc 4
    Bandage Adaptec Non-Adhering Dressing 2. Potassium Iodide
    Bandage Burn Dressings 4"x4" 10 Povidone Iodine 16 oz.
    Bandage Burn Sheet Quik Clot several sizes 4-6
    Bandage Butterfly 10 Safety Pins Assorted 1
    Bandage combine Pad 5 x 9 8 Sam Splint 1
    Bandage Elastic 2" x 5 yds. 2. Saran Rap
    Bandage Elastic 6" 1 Stethoscope
    Bandage Elastic 3" x 5 yds.2. Super Glue 6
    Bandage Elastic 4" 1 Surgical Staple Gun (optional)
    Bandage Eye Pads Oval. 4. Sutchers 20 misc
    Bandage gauze 1”x 6yds Syringe 12 ml 18 ga 2
    Bandage gauze 2" x 6 yrds Syringe 3 ml 22ga 3
    Bandage gauze 6" x 5 yrds Syringe 3ml 25 ga 4
    Bandage Petrolatum gauze 2 Syringe Irrigation 20 cc 18 ga tip
    Bandage Pressure 2. Syringe Needle 10 Misc ga
    Bandage Sterile Gauze Pads 4" x 4" 200 Syringe plastic 3cc 2.
    Bandage Sterile Pads 3 x 3. 10 Syringe plastic 5cc 2.
    BandageWoven 1'x 3' 30 Tampons 6
    Bandaid Cotton purified compressed 4x4 yrds Tape 1/2 x 10 yrds
    Bandaid Fingertip "8" Woven (Swift Brand) 30 Tape Dermicel Tape 1" 2
    Bandaid Steristrips 1/4x1-1/2 20 Tape Dermicel Tape 2" 1
    Bandaid Steristrips 1/4x3 20 Tape Hypo-Silk Cloth Tape
    Bandaid Steristrips 1/8x3 10 Tape Porus Cloth Tape 1" 2
    Bandaid Woven Knuckle 10 Tape Porus Cloth Tape 2" 1
    Bite Stick. Tape Roll Tri-Cut Tape
    Blood meter Tee Tree Oil (Burn Away) 1
    Blood Pressure Cuff teststrips 20 freestyle freedom
    Brace ankle Three way stop-cock
    Brace knee Tongue Blade (nonsterile) 3/4" x 6" 15
    Brace wrist Tool Scalpel Handle
    Bulb Syringe Tool Sponges 10
    Cold Packs 2. Tool Cotton Tip Applicators Sterile 3" 2's 30
    CPR Microshield Barrier. Tool Digital Thermometer.
    Disposable Airway Kit (6 assorted sizes) Tool Field Surgery Kit (Augment kit to reach indicated numbers
    Disposable Hot Pack Tool Forceps 4
    Disposable Razor 4. Tool Hemostat 5.5 " 4
    Duct Tape Tool Iris Scissors or Small Surgical Scissors
    Emergency Blanket (84 x 52) Tool Mayo Heger Needle Holder 5"
    Eye Wash 4 oz. Bottle. Tool Scalpel #11 blade 2
    Faretec Splint Tool Scaple single use
    First Aid Manual Tool Scissors Stainless steel 5"
    Golf Towels ultra Compressed Tool Scrub brush
    Ipacac Tool Thumb Tissue Forceps Mouse Toot 4.5
    IV Angiocatheter 16 g X1.25 Tool Tissue Forceps with teeth
    IV Angiocatheter 18g X1.25 2 Tool Tweezer 2
    IV Start Kit Sterile 3 ToolScalpel Blade #10 3
    Kotex Maxi Pads (Individually Wrapped) 8 Topical Alcohol 16 oz
    Mastisol 4 Topical Bacitracin 1 oz.
    Med AntiBiotics 100 tablets Topical Betadine 4 oz bottle
    Med Asprin 100 Topical Blistex 1
    Med Aypanal Extra Strength (Acetaminophen) 100 Topical Burn Spray Can
    Med Benadryl Caps 25mg 24 Topical Calamine lotion
    Med Buffered Aspirin 100 Topical Foille Burn Ointment .5 oz Tube.2.
    Med Cough Drops Menthol Eucalyptus 24 Topical Hydrocortisone 1% 1 tube
    Med Dramamine 1 package Topical Hydrogen Peroxide 16 oz 1
    Med Electrolyte Tablets 32 Topical Iodine Swab Sticks 8
    Med Ibuprophen 250 Topical Natrapel (deet free repelent) 2oz 1
    Med Imodium AD 1 package Topical Triple Antibiotic Ointment 2 tubes
    Med Liquid Childrens Tylenol 2oz 1 Tourniquet 1.
    Med Oral Glucose 1 package Tourniquet military one hand 1.
    Med Pepto Bismol Tablets 48 Towel Drape Sterile
    Med Sting Releif 6 Triangular Bandage 40"x40" 3
    Military Feild dressing 2 Vacuum Packed Wash Cloths
    Moleskin 4"x12" 1 Water-Jel Bottle
    Normal Saline 250 ml Bottle. 2 Wipe Wash Up Towelettes 30
    Normal Saline drip bag 4 Wipes PVP Iodine Wipes box
    Normal Saline ringers

    Plus a few additional surgical kits and a lot more IV stuff
    Zip Lock Bags Gallon 2
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  6. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    While that is nice for first aid, what do you have in your triage kit..... Just kidding- nice kit @fedorthedog .[respect]
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  7. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey++

    I got the list of contents from 4 medic bags and combined and added things. I think I may be able to treat some light damage
  8. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Monkey

    Great list dog..... Makes me determined to reevaluate mine!

    2 boxes of assorted Band-Aids
    Square Gauze Pads
    Small & Large Non stick pads
    A Sewing Kit
    Nu Skin
    Popsicle Sticks
    Paper Tape
    Duct Tape
    Ace Bandages
    Hemostats - Multiple
    Boric Acid Powder
    Thermometer (electronic and liquid)
    Surgical Kit
    Surgical Masks
    Non Latex Gloves
    4 Space Blankets
    4 large tubes of the highest SPF Sunscreen I could find, SPF 50
    Iodine tablets - Potable Aqua
    Potassium Iodide tablets
    Imodium AD
    Burn Ointment
    Hydrocortisone Cream
    Neosporin Cream
    90% Alcohol
    Iodine based surgical prep like Betadine, DuraPrep, or Povidone Iodine Prep Swabs
    Tincture of Methylate

    2 pair of prescription Eye glasses and two pair of readers
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  9. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    fever and low reading thermometers ( for hypothermia )
    venom extractor, ( whether it works or not the psychological effect still has a moral effect on the victim ) reducing emotional trauma is just as critical.
    Colloidal silver kit,
    turmeric, causes bleeding to subside .
    Benadryl ,
    baking soda,
    bandaging ,
    Ph test strips ,
    glucose monitor,
    BP cuff ,
    coffee filters and sawyer filter,
    PPM meter,
    velcro strap , tourniquet and other binding needs,
    Vaseline and cotton in a film canister,
    cider vinegar,
    cold eze,
    tylenol ,
    sugar ,salt,
    magnifying glass ,microscope
    convex mirror, personal facial injuries and fire starting.
    curved sharp tweezers , splinter removal
    curved needles and 3 lb monofilament
    scissors ,
    latex gloves ,
    exacto knife blades and handle ,
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  10. Tempstar

    Tempstar Losing Patience Site Supporter+

    I would add: Lotsa gauze and lotsa tape. A deep gash will take a while to heal closed and eat up a lot of supplies in the process.
  11. VHestin

    VHestin Farm Chick

    I've got ibuprofen, wipes(benzalkonium chloride), bandaids, qtips, peroxide, gauze, cotton balls/pads, sewing kit is in my GO bag for multiple purposes. Also have towel and umbrella(can be used as splint). My pills(garlic and echinacea) can be used for internal stuff. Planning on adding baking soda to my first aid kit. I know I have more, just can't think of it right now. Oh I also have an unopened box of my soap in my GO bag as well.
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  12. Flight-ER-Doc

    Flight-ER-Doc Monkey

    What you have in your bag is irrelevant - unless you have the skills and experience to use it.

    And after you've patched someone up, what then? What is the long-term recovery plan?
  13. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Doc ,your right ,
    there is a lot of fallow up , and merely bringing bandages for one event does not cover ; days, weeks, months, and multiple victims and or injuries.
    I see these little first aid kits people rely on, and shutter .
    Oft times without professional care frost damage can require amputation.
    Ignoring this fact , doesn't make it go away.
    The knowledge ,skill, and will to perform are all hand in hand and usually the most unpopular in discussion.
  14. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    ducttape. + JD. = [woot]

    But, seriously...plenty of heavy gauze (well packaged and sterile, obviously)
    --and Israeli bandages for sure.
    A couple H&H compression bandages are excellent.
    Sutures and how to use them is also a bonus.
    Butterfly closure strips are also great to have.
    An Ace elastic bandage is helpful, too.
    "Splinter Out" removal tools (disposable) are impossible to beat.
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  15. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    If you can suture a Gash in an Orange Skin, you can do human and animal Skin, as well.... Back in the Old Days that is what Medical Students practiced on, to learn the technique.... It DOES take some practice....
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  16. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Is the whiskey for the patient or the doc?:lol:

    @Flight-ER-Doc no one disputes that your chances of survival are alot higher with trained medical help. The problem is we all can't carry a Doc with us. So getting basic training and hoping you can find a good doc is the best most people can do. BTW I would love to see more Posts from you about what you do consider important in medical bag. At all levels of training. I think a good post with what you would suggest people carry, depending on the situation and training level would be wonderful addition to the site. Would you please consider making a post?
  17. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    I'm with Flight-ER-Doc, but very hesitant to offer advice or recommendations. I dig what every one is trying to do here, and the well meaning nature every one has, Please be careful! I have seen some pretty bad things happen with well meaning folks! Unless it's litterly life and death, always try and seek professional help if you can! For most non emergencies, you have a window of about 6 hours to get help before things can get worse, or become permanent, for true emergencies, you have ONE HOUR to get help, or you must act! Weigh the risks of acting vs trying to reach help!
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  18. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    In a society without order, when we have economic collapse and civil war, when the very people themselves are enemy combatants to the tyrant --what then? It's wise to learn what you can now and not assume the infrastructure around us will always remain. Yes, take caution and seek the best advice possible. But, expecting to yell for help and receive it or hop into a car and drive to the emergency room is pure fantasy when chaos reigns.
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  19. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    School should include some medicine and first aid , I taught my kids home schooling and they are good at it.
    There are books a plenty and opportunities galore to practice ad learn how to take care of one's self.
  20. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Medical information access now is far greater than any time in history ,
    choosing to go with out it, is the typical liberal .
    If you think dealing with bleeding issues is icky ,you'd best get over it.
    Knowing how to deal with common medical catastrophes or at least know how to identify them should by now be common knowledge .
    Simply walking through the woods and accidentally walking into a sharp branch ,driving a portion in to your arm ,thigh, foot, or where ever, needs to be removed ASAP.
    And not having the courage to attack the situation, can render you helpless and immobile .
    Your on a hunt and observe some one in your group walking with a limp,
    what's more important, the hunt, or the person with a limp?
    When and how they acquired the injury is important to every one, all are a potential victim, and the group as a unit, are made vulnerable.
    Training one's self to be observant, is critical.
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