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
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?
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.
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.