Jan242012

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The MedCallAssist Kit: Medical supplies and advice, all in one

Disclaimer: I am not associated with MedCallAssist in any way, nor do I receive commissions on purchases or ad revenues.  They provided me with a kit for this review.

It’s no coincidence that people in third world countries have shorter life spans, higher infant mortality rates, and poorer health in general.  Top-notch, timely health care is a luxury for the wealthy and for most of us living in first world countries.  However, if you believe, as I do, that treacherous and uncertain times lie ahead for America, then you’ll be glad to know about the MedCallAssist Kit.  This medical kit, along with the 24/7 medical consultation included, may be just what you or a loved one needs someday in the future when medical care is hard to come by.

MedCallAssist is a company that started out with the goal of providing fully equipped medical kits to people and companies who do business far from any sort of medical care, such as commercial fishermen, loggers and adventure travelers.  Recently, they’ve seen the need of branching out and making the kits available to people in the survival and preparedness community.

Now, on to my review.

Beyond “just” first aid

The MedCallAssist Kit is far more than just a first aid kit.  Although it contains a supply of products typically found in the average first aid kit, it goes far beyond those basics.  (See complete list of contents here.)  Because the kit comes with an assortment of prescription medications, I asked a nurse friend to review it with me.  Patrice spent many years as a nurse in a California emergency room and now has a business teaching first aid, wilderness first aid, and CPR.

A nurse’s review

image by Lower Columbia College

Patrice was pleasantly surprised by the assortment of antibiotics and other drugs that are included in the kit.  You’ll find azithromycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, loperamide, cimetidine, ciprofloxacin, cephalexin, and epinephrine, among others.  Worried that you won’t know what to use and when?  With the purchase of a kit, you’ll have access to medical advice 24/7, along with an impressive instruction booklet that comes with the kit.  Patrice was very impressed by the information in the book and the color photos.

She liked the quality of the medical non-latex gloves that are included and the disposable skin stapler to use in lieu of suturing a wound.  She recommends Lidocaine to numb any area that needs a suture/staple.  Lidocaine is available through MedCallAssist as an add-on to the kit.

The kit also contains loads of OTC (over the counter) products and tools such as scissors and tweezers.

Patrice noticed the brand names of the different supplies and mentioned that she buys hers’ from the same source.  Overall, she gave the kit a big thumbs up and has been telling others about it.

Is there anything to add?

Some injuries will require large amounts of bandaging supplies, and Patrice recommended adding many more rolls of gauze and other trauma dressings.  From her experiences in ER, she knows what she’s talking about!  She also recommended adding saline to flush out wounds, and I suggest adding packets of rehydrating solution for cases of diarrhea and vomiting.

MedCallAssist offers additional products, such as a defibrillator, oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in the body), splints, and a blood pressure cuff.  You can read the entire list of add-ons at the bottom of this page.

The future of medicine in America?

image by Jose Goulao

Already Americans are feeling the effects of changes that have been made in our system of medical care and insurance.  Companies are dropping health care as a benefit or increasing the amount of money employees must contribute.  Insurance companies are raising rates, and everyone is waiting for the other thousand or so shoes to drop if/when “Obamacare” goes into full effect.  What will medical care look like ten years from now?  The answer is, no one knows.

The MedCallAssist Kit can be an important stopgap between hoping something goes away because the funds aren’t available for a doctor’s appointment and a trip to the hospital because a condition has become life-threatening.  Many preppers, homesteaders, and survivalists live long distances from medical care.  This kit fills a need for these families as well.  Even hunters would be smart to have something this well-equipped.

With the availability of medical advice on a 24/7 phone line, a medical professional will be able to advise you if the medications and supplies in the kit are enough for a particular situation or if a face-to-face visit with a doctor is required.  Either way, the kit and phone service will provide a lot of peace of mind.

Q&A

I thought you might have more questions about the MedCallAssist Kit and the company, so I asked some of them for you!  Jathan Nalls, one of the medical professionals with the company answered them.

Survival Mom:  The kit comes with prescription medicines.  How is that possible without a prescription?

Jathan:  Our company is headed by an emergency physician and there are three more on staff.  Each kit is “prescribed” to an individual or family based on their medical history, anticipated needs, and other factors that we take into consideration.  Our kits do not contain any controlled medications nor will we prescribe them.  Additional meds are available upon consultation, on a case-by-case basis.

Survival Mom:  Will this kit take the place of actual visits to a doctor or hospital?

Jathan:  We want this service to be helpful to clients who want to control healthcare costs and get quality medical consultation and access to treatment during difficult times.  However, we definitely do not want to take the place of their local physician.  If a family has a sick child in the middle of the night and the nearest ER is an hour away, we’ll talk with the family and advise them how they should proceed.  If our physician feels that an ER visit is warranted, that will be advised.  As you know, nothing compares to a face-to-face visit with a physician who can do a hands-on exam and order more testing.

 

There may be links in the post above that are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, which does not affect the price you pay for the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers.

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(20) Readers Comments

  1. Do you know if these kits could come with anti-venom for snake bites? I've been looking into beefing up my first aid kits after doing research and posting information on them on my blog. Snakes are still going to bite and hurt people regardless if medical treatment is available or not…During a crisis many of these critters are displaced and more prevalent looking to seek shelter as well.

    • Hi!

      The primary antivenom on the market is "Crofab," which is an IV medication. Crofab is normally only stocked in large hospitals, since it is extremely expensive (several thousand $$ per dose, and the normal rattlesnake bite needs about 6-8 doses!) First-aid snakebite kits that use suction directly on the bite are available, but are largely ineffective. The best thing you can do for a snakebite is to NEVER apply a tourniquette, take benadryl 50mg, take an epi shot or use an epi pen if severe anaphylaxos develops, limit your movement, and get to a hospital!

      Hope this helps! Jathan

      • Thank you so much Jathan!! I figured since it costs so much to own anti venom, that I would need to start looking at plan "B". Your advise help a lot and I appreciate it.

  2. If we use one of the antibiotics up or the hemostatic bandage, can we call or email them and order replacements?

    • Yes, and once the year is over and you still have your kit, you can pay another $75 to extend the medical consultation subscription.

  3. Speaking from experience you can never have enough gauze or saline. Also bandages for sprained ankles and such become a lot more important when you cant rest as you should so having a good supply of them is helpful, especially in a Bug out situation. Having had to hike out of wilderness (no cell coverage, no people, not anything) on a sprained ankle makes you appreciate them.
    I also find I use my Blood pressure/pulse/oximeter machine a lot to rule out things, meaning being able to skip hospital visits when things are ruled out.

  4. I couldn't get the coupon code to work…tried it a few times. Suggestions?

    • Gretchen, if the price showing is $250 or $275, depending on the kit you choose, that's the price with the discount. They're scheduled to increase by $100 today, January 1, but perhaps the website hasn't been updated yet. Our price, through the end of the month, is $250/275.

  5. Please remind everyone of this helpful hint when I took a first aid class many years ago. To supplement your bandaging supplies, sanitary napkins/pads/panty liners, etc. make wonderful bandaging materials and come in many different sizes and absorbencies. They are often pretty easy to find in a major emergency.

  6. Well I think I am going to pull the trigger and order on of these kits… I emailed them and they were very prompt in answering all of my questions. One thing that I also liked is that with the year "subscription" they also offer a discounted rate on classes in different areas. One they told me about was a 6 hour sutering class they have with (gulp) pigs feet for $150.00.

  7. Pick up some Quikclot from Amazon for approx $15/50grams, it's a must have for any med kit.

    • I would not use QuickClot. We stock Celox instead. QuickClot can work at very high temperatures and burn the wound, whereas Celox does not. Also, Celox will pull away from the wound without tearing when it comes time for a physician to treat the injury. Over the years, they have produced a number of application methods other than simply a granular pouch. One of the more daring inventions is Celox-A, which comes in a large syringe type applicator designed to deliver the granules directly to a major internal bleed through a small opening (think GUN SHOT). Good stuff. There are a lot of IFAKs out there with Celox substituted for QC.

      • LP, I've heard similar things about QuickClot and have asked the Outback Doc to weigh in, since he has spent so many years in the ER. My bottom line: I would only use it in a case of severe bleeding that can't be controlled with pressure AND medical care is many miles away or unavailable.

        • That is a wise course to take. Traditional treatments are the first action to take. But, when your review shows that the flow isn't stopping, it's time to use the blood stopped. What originally turned me on to the idea of these types of coagulants is that they claim to stop arterial bleeds even within the thorax, abdomen and neck… places where clamping and pressure might no, or do not, help. They are designed to be used in combat conditions with moderate training. Sounds about right to me. Most people that find themselves in this situation won't have much training other than a youtube video, or by purchasing a USMC training IFAK on E-Bay perhaps. I carry them in my car to assist in roadside injuries, as it seems I have a talent for being there when they happen! (long story…)

  8. What suggestions do ya'll have for families of insulin dependent diabetics? The only thing I can come up with is stocking up on additional things to barter with. Any thoughts? Thanks.

    • What is the coupon code?

  9. With regard to diabetes, most liquid insulin’s are very stable and although refrigeration is a wise idea but is good for several months and still effective. Needles are a bit of a problem as most come as pen injection specific, but if you have the old fashion needle & syringe then its not to much of an issue, just make sure its as sterile as can be.

    Of course food is necessary to quick acting sugars are ok small cans of coke are good enough, but long term carbs are more important.

    In the end stock piling is the only option, just depends on what you are prepping for, 2-6 weeks not a problem, 6 mnths to a year more difficult unless prepared. For me if I can last 1-2 years if the colapse of society happened and drug become non existent then i’ll have done well enough – time to setup & protect family until they can secure themselves.

    In the end insulin based diabetes is a killer without proper medication and enough food to substantiate, so a good stock pile will work for most situations just depends on how bad a situation your prepping for.

    ATB

  10. Question: Can you purchase kit without the advice bit? I am an ER nurse, and would love to have a kit like this, with the additional prescriptions, but don’t necessarily need the medical advice. Also wondering if simple testing supplies like UA strips are available. Realize this is an older thread, hope it’s still monitored.

    • Lee, it’s been a while since I wrote that review, so I don’t have an answer to your question. However, get in touch with the company and they can help you. I found them to be very responsive whenever I had questions.

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