There’s a quote that says… “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing”.
It’s really true if you think about it. And your health care, medical care and medical supplies are not a given, especially when disaster hits.
So the best thing to do is begin building your own disaster medical kits. Premade survival medical kits are great but they have shortcomings. Matter of fact, chances are that even premade first aid kits don’t have most necessities. So let’s dig into five critical things you should be including in your DIY medical kit.
Critical Supply #1: iPhone Based Medical Reference
Without medical references in your survival kit, you’ll have the supplies, but no way of knowing how to use them. So a reference gives you the best way to respond. What better way to carry it but on an iPhone or smartphone. Its portable, fast and up to date.
One great example is iTriage for the iPhone and iPad. It has info about diseases and health information. There are symptoms and medical guidance for emergency situations. You can even use iTriage for directions and wait times for the closest emergency room.
Now iTriage is a great tool but what do you do when your batteries run out? Use a book!
Critical Supply #2: Medical Field Book
Many medical references are similar, but one has become a legend worldwide for its usefulness. It’s printed in over 80 countries and has millions of copies in print.
The book is called “Where There Is No Doctor” by Werner, Maxwell and Thuman. It can help you diagnose, prevent and treat different illnesses and injuries. Get a copy and throw it into your bug out bag. Or save some weight and get an electronic kindle version.
OK, so you have references to treat and diagnose injuries. What else is critical to your survival in your emergency medical kits?
Critical Supply #3: Dental
Another critical piece in your first aid supplies is dental. In the middle of a disaster, dentist offices probably won’t be open. So your ability to respond to the need even for a short time, is important.
A great example of a mobile dental first aid kit is the Adventure Medical Kits Dental Medic Kit. For under $15, you get material for two temporary filling replacements. Included are cotton balls and benzocaine ointment, and even a tea bag. You might not think of a tea bag as part of a dental kit. But the tannic acid can help relieve swelling from an impacted tooth. So what’s next on the critical list?
Critical Supply #4: Radioactivity
One unthinkable event is a nuclear medical disaster in the form of a dirty nuke. When it comes, hiding in your home isn’t enough. The tiny particles float through cracks and crevices. Eventually they make their way into your lungs and then to your thyroid gland which is the core of your body’s immune system.
Even protecting your emergency food and emergency water are essential. Detection and protection are the key phrases here. So how do you do it?
The first thing is to have is a radioactivity sensor in your kit. The best is one called the RADsticker. These are dirt cheap. A little over $3 for 25. They are easy to use. Just peel and stick it onto any surface like your drivers license or anything else. It’s rugged and can help you determine when radiation exposure exists. Another benefit is that it lasts 3-5 years after the package is opened. So you don’t have to try to use it fast.
Another key element of your nuke disaster survival kit will be iodine, iodate or a thing called Survivadine. Survivadine is a nutritional supplement and a nuclear protectant for your thyroid. What’s unique about it is that just 10 drops are the same as a 170 mg dose of Potassium Iodate.
With all of these suggestions, remember that these do not protect your entire body from radiation. These just protect your thyroid.
Critical Supply #5: Bleeding, Blisters, Broken Bones
These are situations that need to immediate attention. So here are a few solutions to help.
For bleeding, sometimes gauze pads aren’t. That’s where Quick Clot comes in. The package contains a sponge that you put into the wound and stops the bleeding immediately. Quick Clot was made for medical disaster response first responders. It’s been tested with nurses, safety teams and the military. Quick Clot has also been used in accidents, emergencies and crime sites.
For broken bones, there’s a tool called the SAM splint. Very lightweight and relatively inexpensive at under $20, it takes up little space in your backpack. Don’t ignore this useful item.
Finally, check out GlacierGel. It’s useful for blisters and even burns. And it adheres better than Moleskin. After putting it on, people have had the burning sensation go away almost immediately. Take a look at this useful addition to any medical survival kit. GlacierGel.
Medical kits aren’t just about bandaids and sunscreen. Realistically, you may get stuck in a situation where you are the hospital to someone. So to be prepared, put these critical items in your survival medical kit. Include a electronic or iphone based medical reference. Then add some dental supplies and radiation detection devices. Finally, include something to address bleeding, blisters and splints for broken bones.
This week, check it out and pick up a RAD sticker to get your survival kit started.