Self reliance is the principle that drives us to prepare for an uncertain future. Whether it be natural or man-made, we ready ourselves now so there is no need to rely on others for survival. A serious strategy includes all the obvious factors – self protection, food, shelter and taking care of the basic human needs.
Usually somewhere in those preps is the medical kit, however it’s never the feature, the guns and gear take the spotlight. We probably don’t put as much effort into the medical kit since we never use it, until we truly need it. When the time goes come, you better sure of two things, first you know how to use the kit and secondly you have what you need to deal with the injury.
This is where a real comprehensive medical kit comes into play. I’m not talking about 4×4 gauze pads, tape and some aspirin. A true medical kit covers you from A-Z, from the minor cut to the major trauma and everything in between.
The kit is broken down into four modules, each one serving a specific purpose.
This category provides full coverage for a range of issues, from diarrhea to burn treatment and more
- Diotame chewable antacid/diarrhea relief tablets.
- Anti-Fungal Cream – Active ingredient Tolnaftate
- Electrolyte replacement tablets – contains potassium chloride 40 mg
- Calcium phosphate 18 mg & magnesium carbonate 9mg / Sodium
- Hydrocortisone Cream packet – contains Hydrocortisone
- Advil tablets
- Diphenhydramine Hcl 25 Mg Allergy Medicine
- Lidocaine Hydrochloride 2% with adrenaline 1:80000 — I.8 ampules 2017
- Mepivacaine I.8 ampules 2018
- Luer-Lok BD 3mL (Sterile Sealed, Latex-Free, 20G x 1″ Precision Glide syringe
- Water Gel burn cream packets
- Military Grade Blood Clotting Powder
- Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- Carra Gauze 2”x2” carrasyn hydrogel wound dressing saturated pads
- 4″x 4.1 yds conforming stretch gauze bandages sterile
- 4″ x 4″ sterile sponges
- 4″ x 4″ sterile gauze pads
- 3”x3” sterile gauze pads
- Z-Pak Dressing
- Waterproof band-aids Xlarge
- Large Butterfly closures
- Antimicrobial Hand Wipes
- Benzalkonium Chloride Antiseptic Towelettes
- Povidone Iodine Prep Pads
- Cotton Tipped Applicators
- Triangular bandage
- Ammonia inhalant wipes
- Medline Alcohol Pads (70% Isopropyl)
- Nextemp disposable thermometer
- Roll of surgical tape
- Suturing kit & instruments
- 3-0 oasis pre threaded silk sutures
- 4-0 oasis pre threaded silk sutures
- 5-0 oasis pre threaded silk sutures
- Littauer stitch scissors 4.5
- Kelly forceps 5.5 curved
- Olsen hegar needle holder 5.5
- Thumb tissue forceps
- Ear Loop Procedure Mask
- Tourniquets 1″X18″
- Sterile disposable scalpel
- Lactated Ringer’s Injection USP, 500 ml
- Lactated Ringer’s USP
- Specific Gravity: 1.003
- IV Administration Set 10 Drop 72″ Long
- 18 gage IV catheter
- Monoject Prefill Advanced Sodium Chloride Flush Syringe 10 ml
- IV Prep Antiseptic Wipes
- Winged Infusion Set 18g x 3/4 12″ tubing
- Sterile Individually Wrapped Latex Gloves (Powdered and Pre-Cuffed)
- IV start Kits with tegaderm, 3M tape, latex free and sterile,
- Contents : tourniquet ¾” x 18”, 2”x2” gauze sponge,
ID tag, transparent dressing, PVP pad and Alcohol pad
- Oral airway Size–5 Individually wrapped, single use
- 10X16 inch (1 gallon) *** 5.25 Mil ***Mylar Pro Zip Lock Extreme Bag
- Aquatabs water purification tabs 5 liters each
- EMT Shears
Each module is sealed in heavy duty bags, making identification easy. After receiving the kit, I chose to store it in the Voodoo Tactical Medic Bag. This bag is based on the US Military issue M-3 bag and works well for carrying a medical kit of this size.
Bear in mind that the IV Kit should only be used by a medical professional or a person with proper training. Running an IV is no trivial affair and when you get it wrong, there can be serious complications. I’m lucky to have a long time connection to the medical field, both through volunteer work and and family members. I’ll be taking some lessons from them to get up to speed.
Aside from the IV Module, the rest of the kit can easily be used by a person with little or no medical experience. However, it’s not a bad idea to take a basic first aid class. You can add to those skills by learning how to suture a wound. Of course Youtube is a great resource with more than a few instructional videos on the subject.
The entire kit can be applied in a variety of situations. It can serve as a home first aid kit, stowed away as part of your survival preps. The kit can be transferred to your primary vehicle as a part of a emergency evacuation strategy. Depending on your preference, one could easily use the contents of the Wound Management & Medication module to create two or three small IFAKs (Individual First Aid Kits).
Deep Survival also carries a wide range of medical kits, tactical products, dental equipment and more. As a survivalist, it’s a good idea to imagine what you would do if there was no emergency room and no dentist. A simple cut can turn into an nasty open wound. A toothache can quickly morph into a bacterial infection. You can avoid these issues by preventive care and quick attention to injuries.
Apart from the website, you can also find Deep Survival on Facebook. The group is a great resource for knowledge and enhancing your skill sets.