Medical Kits for Survival

medical kitSurvival Medical Kits

Basic medical kits and supplies are essential in a crisis. Knowing how to administer basic first aid will increase your chances of surviving in many situations. First aid should be considered before implementing the rest of your survival plan. Properly stocked medical kits will assist with addressing potentially life threatening conditions, which is your first priority. Once you have addressed immediate medical concerns you can begin taking care of the survival essentials. More advanced medical care will have to wait until the essentials are secured.

Basic First Aid Kit

A basic medical kit contains items that assist first responders with the ability to treat minor injuries and illness or provide basic life support until more acute care can be accessed.  Some common elements of a Basic (Field) Medical Kit might include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Anti-histamines (Benadryl)
  • Individual prescription medications
  • Mole-skin
  • Adhesive Bandages
  • Rolled gauze
  • Tourniquet
  • Alcohol Pads
  • Iodine
  • Anti-bacterial ointment (Bacitracin)
  • Medical Tape
  • Cravat(s)
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Medical Scissors

The preceding medical kit list is not exclusive or all-inclusive.  It is provided as a guide to help identify some of the basic elements that will enhance basic medical care in the field. Severe injury and illness, when recognized, should be treated by personnel with more advanced medical training as soon as possible.

Advanced Survival Medical Kit (Trauma Kit)

After you have assembled your basic medical kit, it may be prudent to begin building more advanced kits for your vehicles, home and retreat. Advanced kits should contain supplies that allow treatment of more serious injuries. Survival Tactics NOW recommends that your advanced kit contain items that can be used by trained personnel to treat patients in the absence of their own kit.

CAUTION: Do not to exceed your own level of training if you have assembled advanced treatment kits.

For more in depth information on medical care and supplies, contact Survival Tactics NOW to assist you with developing a robust medical plan or for consultation on supplying your advanced trauma kit as part of your survival strategy.