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Medical Supplies: Complete List Every Prepper Should Own

There is no question why every home should be well-provisioned with medical supplies. The importance of this is further stressed by the onslaught of Covid-19. If you are among those who are wary of going to a hospital, this article will help in making your home ready for medical emergencies.

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Why Invest High on Medical Supply

It pays to be well-prepared during medical emergencies. Not only that you need to learn first-aid but you also have the proper equipment at your disposal. Having the right medical supplies is the key. We cannot stress this any further.

If we are willing to invest in luxury items such as costly sneakers or furniture, why scrimp on the essentials. Medical supplies are a must-have in every household. Cost is a non-issue when we are talking about the health and safety of your loved ones. That is why it is wise to invest in a complete set of high-quality medical supplies.

First Aid Kit: First Line of Defense

Think of life as a constant war against sickness. During the battle, you should always prepare yourself no matter what. It’s your family’s life that is on the line. In this stealthy warfare, a first aid kit functions as your first line of defense. During an emergency when no doctor is available, it is just you and a well-provisioned first aid kit. The efficiency of your medical supplies will determine the outcome of the combat.

There are various types of first aid kits. The contents of these kits may differ depending on the particular purpose. Of course, the main purpose of any kit is to provide immediate medical attention. However, on their particular usage, first aid kit type and contents may vary.

A military medical pack, for instance, may contain provisions intended for traumatic injuries such as gunshot wounds. In building your home first aid kit, you may want to consider the most common injuries or ailments that are most likely to be experienced.

Medical Supplies Recommended by the American Red Cross:

Antiseptic wipes
Multiple-size sterile gauze pads
Triangular bandages
Multiple-size adhesive bandages
Cotton balls and swabs
Multiple pairs of non-latex gloves
Three-inch gauze roll bandage
Multiple packets of antibiotic cream
Hydrogen peroxide
Multiple rolls of medical bandages
Compressed dressings
Ten-yard roll of cloth tape
Four-inch roller bandage
Adhesive tape
Duct tape
Medical thermometer
Syringe
Medicine spoon
Face masks
Multiple-size plastic zippered bags
Folding emergency blanket
Breathing barrier for cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Set of tweezers and scissors
Eye pads
Eyewash solution
Tourniquet
Dental mirror
Magnifying glass
Bulb suction device
Multiple-size safety pins
Needle and thread
Medical stapler
Staple remover
Finger splints
Superglue
Petroleum jelly
Sterile saline solution
Multiple instant cold compress
Emergency first aid manual
Hand sanitizer
Large plastic trash bags
Sunscreen
Insect repellent
Waterproof matches

Note: It is also advised by the American Red Cross that you should inspect first aid kits every six months. Discard expired medicines and supplies. Replace them with new ones as much as soon as you can.

List of Medications for Your First Aid Kit:

Antacids
Antihistamine
Anti-diarrheal medication
Antibiotics
Aspirin
Auto-injector of epinephrine
Anti-burn cream or gel
Calamine lotion
Cold and cough medications
Disinfectant mouthwash
Electrolyte powders
Fiber powder
Laxative
Lidocaine cream
Multivitamins
Hydrocortisone cream
Pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Simethicone
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Zinc

Related: Building a Target First Aid Kit: Part 1

8 Additional Emergency Medical Supplies

Aside from the list containing standard medical supplies, you can also invest in other emergency items for more advanced situations. However, these particular supplies require adequate medical training. You will never know though when these items would be needed. It is better to be prepared and safe than sorry.

1. Lights

A crucial piece of equipment for medical emergencies, lighting such as LED flashlights and headlamps is an essential part of your advanced first aid kit.

2. Foley Catheters

These are flexible and thin plastic tubes designed to provide relief from blockage of the urinary tract.

3. QuikClot

This wound-dressing product contains kaolin which stimulates blood clotting.

4. N-100 Respirator

This respirator that is also a high filtration face mask is an important device especially in the wake of COVID-19.

5. Water Purification Equipment

Water is the universal solvent and when in pure unadulterated form, it also has healing properties.

6. Penrose Drain Tubes

7. Extra Sheets of Blankets

This may seem obvious but you will be surprised how often these items are overlooked. Blankets have various functions and thus essential.

8. Portable Power Supplies

Some of your equipment such as flashlights or LED lamps may need extra power during long-term medical treatment. Portable power supplies may come in handy during this situation.

Basic Medical Know-how

All these pieces of supplies and equipment though would be useless if you are not capable of using them. Getting yourself equipped with basic first aid knowledge is highly advised. A few hours of training will make a difference during emergencies. You also need not go far or spend a lot of money. There are excellent online first aid and basic CPR courses that are now offered online.
Check out this Medical Supplies for Long Term Care and Prepping vid by Survival Dispatch:

In an uncertain world where threats of disease, crime, and natural disasters are part of everyday existence, you might as well be ready to face these challenges. Ensuring that your home is well-equipped with complete medical supplies is one thing but without proper medical knowledge is more important. Live, learn, and survive!

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