Ask the Outback Doc: What medical supplies do most people overlook?
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A typical first aid kit provides only the barest minimal supplies that a well-equipped home should have when it comes to health and medicine. After giving this a good deal of thought, here are 23 additional items you should begin stocking or establishing now. Some will be easy to acquire, others, not so much.
A few items are notated with an *, to be used 0nly by individuals with advanced medical training. If this isn’t you, don’t cross the item off your list. There may very well be a doctor, nurse, EMT or other individuals with training nearby, and if you have the supplies they need, it will be a huge advantage to keeping someone alive.
- N-100 High Filtration Face Mask/Respirator! The N-100 seals to the face and provides more filtration protection than the N-95. It also has an exhalation valve.
- Security (in your own treatment area) - Being able to live and work in a secure area is a must for the melodramas that come with all urgent/emergent medical cases. This is especially true of hysterical family members and friends when a loved one’s life is in jeopardy. It may sound strange, but you need to have a plan to deal with medical issues in a secure area.
- Acquire and practice: medical skills and ability, knowledge, concentration, control (over the scene and medical situation, as these “patients” are very alive – and you want to keep them that way), stamina, will, training, and expertise.
- Cell phone spare battery! This may be your own life-saving connection (if cell phone’s still work, that is) to the outside world.
- Reference Materials - Merck Manual, JP Sanford (antibiotic guide), Tarascon’s Pharmacopea (Rx index), CPR & Cardiac Care guides, etc.
- *Penrose Drain Tubes - can be used as tourniquets or drains, etc.
- *Suction Device, manual operation (non-electric) – for anyone choking needing “suction” or as you “intubate” (i.e. stick a tube into an airway – only for advanced care professionals, mind you).
- *Foley Catheters - for urinary blockage relief, but also for a make-shift “chest tube” when necessary!
- *Nasogastric Tubes and Large Syringe - can be used for “Rectal IV” instillation when an IV cannot be accessed! (We’ve used this very successfully in the U.S. as well as in Haiti.)
- Bouillon cubes - to mix with water for an electrolyte solution to drink, when very ill. The solution can also be administered rectally with the concept above as well. Very handy to know and have on hand in a pinch!
- Antibiotics - will be a must-have in any post-collapse scenario!
- *Oropharyngeal Airways or OP Airways - can save a life right in front of you – if you know how and when to use them! Check my website, Outback Medicine, for a schedule of coming training conferences.
- Fluids. Pedialyte is best, not Gatorade!
- Over-the-counter medications. See list here.
- LED Lights - You will need lights at night: headlamps, strobes (possibly for attracting moving vehicles or people nearby), reflective cones (on the road), reflective vests, powerful LED flashlights (for runners or operations with kit) & possibly a “surgical light”, for which we use a 12-volt car light connected to a car battery!
- Blankets - hypothermia is a real danger outside when any patient is traumatized!
- Ear Candles - easy to carry and use to provide relief with ear pain!
- Organic (not synthetic) Natural Multi-B Vitamins - ”Little Red Rocket Boosters” are the best for this as they are the best organic multivitamins we’ve ever found. We’ve tested them in our actual private practices, where people who take these Red Rocket Boosters say they, “feel better, do better, sleep better, think better, look better (just kidding!) and have less fatigue!” You can’t ask much more out of a relatively cheap cost “food” vitamin that that, can you?
- Large Commercial Trash Bags - used to contain waste, worn over your torso as a make shift “rain coat” (don’t forget to punch three holes in the “top” for your head and two arms), or for “shields” when dealing with bloody/infectious messes!
- *Needles & scalpels, with the knowledge to use them properly. Training is necessary to use these items, and DO NOT USE this stuff if you don’t know how to do so, ever!
- Reflective Cones - mentioned above, but these are often nowhere around when we need one – “outside” in the “Outback” (or on the side of the road)!
- Emotional Stress Treatment - Have on hand extra meds you and family members are already taking. If you run out of special meds that treat acute episodes, it will definitely be a time to panic! This one’s tough, but we also need “comfort items” that may not have to do with “medical care” at all, post collapse! Think of things like candy, DVD’s, animals in our care that we love, protective and security for our living situations type items.
- Learn quick now to “Think Prevention First”! I wish I had time to explain all that this entails. If we thought this way as a nation – before the accidents occurred – well, I’d be out of a job, wouldn’t I? PREVENT IT BEFORE IT HAPPENS is the best mode of “medical care” in the world, and we spend a lot of time teaching people how to do this in our “Outback Medicine” conferences…because that’s what we do everyday, as well: PREVENT IT FIRST!
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