Prepping is part art, part science, but entirely dedication. In order to be as effective in as many situations as possible, your gear and training need to cover the widest possible threats. One reality comes in the form of detrimental injury to yourself or a loved one. These situations require a level head, steady hand, and access to the appropriate tools in order to treat the problem. While some might think you will need every
While some might think you will need every antibiotic under the sun, this isn’t really possible for most preppers. Instead, it is more practical to keep stock of all of the essential emergency supplies to cover traumatic injuries. Remember, health care doesn’t only involve gunshot wounds and broken bones. An infection can wreck someone’s chances for survival, and diseases can decimate an entire community. Without access to hospitals, the care of these responsibilities falls on you. If you are interested in reading articles about emergency medical treatment sign up for our
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Yep, it might seem anticlimactic, but duct tape is one of the most versatile tools in a prepper’s arsenal. This can be used to secure dressings, as well as form the air-tight covering needed to seal a sucking chest wound. Honestly, if you could only get one item off of this list, duct tape would be the best choice.
These are not the standard band-aid variety. Think of major surgical dressings because these will be used to help stop the bleeding of major injuries. Military surplus stores offer old field dressings, which are useful, though you will definitely want to sterilize them well before they are needed. Whenever you store these pieces of fabric, try to keep them in an airtight container in order to limit their exposure to bacteria and maintain their sterile nature.
While it is easy to make a make-shift tourniquet, this can be a bit challenging in the moment, and the risk of a makeshift tourniquet coming loose can cause blood poisoning if the victim has had it on for too long. The best bet is to purchase a manufactured tourniquet similar to the ones used by Combat Medics in the U.S. Army. Their simple design makes it easy to implement, and the self-locking feature allows to know that it is unlikely to have an accidental slip.
This is another item that can be easily made from everyday materials. Honestly, a length of sturdy wood and your duct tape is all that is necessary, but if you are interested there are reusable foam wraps that can offer the same protection but with additional comfort. Truthfully, this is one of those pieces that I would be willing to do with my own version, rather than buying something extra.
While some adult beverages have the potency that we need (We’re looking at you Everclear), many forms of alcohol fit for drinking are not actually strong enough to effectively sterilize both injuries and medical equipment. Take a few bucks, and invest in some bottles of medicinal alcohol or peroxide. The ability to limit infections is critical in the aftercare of a wound.
While these might not be as high speed as a tourniquet, antibiotics are one of the most important items on this list. Unchecked infection regularly causes people to lose limbs and this is with modern conveniences. A smart prepper will assume that any injury will result in an infection, and antibiotics are the only reliable way to treat it once it has set in. While ointments are good, what you really want are prescription grade pills. If you have teenagers, getting an antibiotic perspective for acne can be one way that you can start establishing a supply.
While there are a few knives that can fall into this category, you will want to have a few surgical level blades in your arsenal. A clean cut can greatly improve the overall healing of a wound, and a sharp blade is actually safer to handle than a dull one. This is another piece that you will want to keep in a sterile environment and only use it for medical necessity.
Just like duct tape, super glue can be a versatile item in your arsenal. Its major medical benefit comes from using it to seal minor lacerations that do not require stitches. This helps control infection and is a bit easier to handle than using a needle and thread.
The last essential item is actually two. A surgical needle and thread are required in order to patch up some of the worst injuries. The difference between the medical and sewing versions of the needle is the curved nature. A medical needle’s curve makes it easier to move through the skin in a fluid motion.
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