MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
 

Spenco 2nd Skin

Truly a major advance in field medicine. This inert hydrogel consists of 96% water and 4% polyethylene oxide. It is used on wet, weeping wounds to absorb fluids and protect the injury. This is a perfect prevention or cure for friction blisters. It revolutionized the field treatment of first-, second-, and third-degree burns, as it can be applied to all three as a covering and for pain relief.

Spenco Adhesive Knit Bandage

The Spenco Adhesive Knit bandage is the ideal covering pad for Spenco 2nd Skin. If used in treating blisters, remove only the outer covering of cellophane from the 2nd Skin, cover with the Adhesive Knit bandage, and occasionally dampen with clean water to maintain the hydrogel's hydration.

Gauze Pads

4"x4" Gauze Pads provide an ideal size for most common situations.. Apply directly as is or folded, rolled or cut-down depending on the injury being treated.

QuickClot Combat Gauze

When used they must be placed over the wound on top of the bleeding vessel, not on top of other bandage material. Direct pressure must be applied continuously for a mini mum of 5 minutes or as per the manufacturer's recommendation.QuikClot Combat Gauze has an "official" shelf life of 2 years.

Coverlet Bandage Strips

A Beiersdorf product, these common

1" x 3" bandage strips are the best ones made. They stick even when wet, will last through days of hard usage, stretch for compression on a wound, and conform for better application.

Waterproof Adhesive Tape

This tough tape can be used for splinting or bandage application. There are no brand advantages that I can determine. A 1" x 15' roll on a metal spool is a usable size.

Sam Splint

This padded, malleable splint provides enough comfort to be used as a neck collar. It is adequately rigid to splint any extremity as well as universal, so that only one of these need be carried for all splinting needs. This item replaces ladder splints, etc. I never recommended the inclusion of splints in medical kits until this product was developed. It weighs less than 5 ounces.

Elastic Bandages 2"

Obtain good-quality bandages that stretch without narrowing and that provide firm, consistent compression.

Elastic Bandages 3"

Obtain good-quality bandages that stretch without narrowing and that provide firm, consistent compression.

Elastic Bandages 6"

Obtain good-quality bandages that stretch without narrowing and that provide firm, consistent compression.

MAXIMUM-STRENGTH TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT WITH PRAMOXINE, 1 OZ TUBE

For use as a topical antibiotic in the prevention and treatment of minor infections of abrasions and burns, this formulation also is an anesthetic that numbs the skin. A light coat should be applied twice daily. Neomycin can cause skin rash and itch in some people. If this develops, discontinue use and apply the hydrocortisone cream to counter this effect.

Lanacane Cream

This brand-name cream is used to treat burns, hemorrhoids, and reduce the itch of insect bites and stings. This product consists of ben zocaine (20%) as an anesthetic and benzethonium chloride (0.2%) as an antiseptic.

 
 

Hibiclens Surgical Scrub

This Mölnlyce Health Care product (chlorhexidine gluconate 4%) far surpasses hexachlorophene and povidone-iodine scrub with regard to its antiseptic action. The onset and duration of its action is much more impressive than either of those two products.

Opcon-A Opthamalic Drops

This product is a combination of naphazoline (0.0267%) and pheniramine maleate (0.315%) made by Bausch and Lomb. These eye drops are used for allergy relief, to remove redness, and to alleviate discomfort from smoke, eye strain, and so on. They will not cure infection or disguise the existence of a foreign body. Place 1 drop in each eye every 6 hours.

Hydrocortisone cream 1%

This non-Rx steroid cream treats allergic skin rashes, such as those from poison ivy. A cream is ideal for treating weeping lesions, as opposed to dry scaly ones, but will work on either. For best results, cover with an occlusive dressing (plastic cover) overnight.

Clotrimazole cream 1%, 1 oz tube

This is one of the most effective antifungal preparations available for foot, groin, or other body fungal infections. Brand names are Lotrimin and Mycelex (vaginal cream). The vaginal cream in a 2-ounce tube is less expensive and works well on the skin surface as well as vaginally.

 

Den Tek dental kit

Use this for temporarily filling cavities and repairing broken bridge work. Without being able to drill out the underlying decay, the cavity will need to be seen as soon as possible by a dentist for proper care or an abscess may form.

Protective Gloves, nitrile

Due to concerns with blood-borne pathogens (e.g., hepatitis B and C and HIV), it is prudent to carry protective gloves for first aid use. These can be nonsterile (they are readily sterilized by boiling or treat ing with antiseptics). Vinyl gloves will last much longer in a kit than latex gloves, but the best are nitrile gloves.

Irrigation syringes, 30 ml

Required for forceful irrigation of wounds, the best has a protective spray shield, such as the Zerowet Splashshield; otherwise, wear glasses to protect your eyes from splash contamination.

Needle Holder

Premium O.R. Grade Mayo Hegar needle holder 6" - Serrated with Tungsten carbide inserts

Tissue Forceps

Premium Grade Adson Tissue 1x2 Teeth+Dressing Serrated 4.75" Dissecting Forcepts Straight.

Ethilon 3-0 Nylon Sutures

The most common size suture, slightly larger than the 5-0 and used in areas where appearance is not of great concern such as the extremities.  Both 3-0 and 5-0 sutures should have a 3/8 circle cutting needles.

Note: Even though these are "training sutures", they are ideal for preppers and will perform identically compared to non-training sutures (and cost considerably less)

Ethilon 5-0 Nylon Sutures

Smallter than the 3-0, the 5-0 sutures are usually used to close lacerations on the face. Both 3-0 and 5-0 sutures should have a 3/8 circle cutting needles.

Note: Even though these are "training sutures", they are ideal for preppers and will perform identically compared to non-training sutures (and cost considerably less)

Percogesic Tablets

One of the most useful non-Rx drugs obtainable. Relieves pain, fever, and muscle spasm. Each tablet contains 325 mg of acetaminophen and 12.5 mg of citrate diphenhydramine. Ideal for injuries of joints and muscles, as well as aches from infections. Diphenhydramine is also a decongestant and cough suppressant. It also induces drowsiness and can be used as a sleeping aid or to calm a hysterical person (these indications are not included on the pack aging information). Dosage is generally 2 tablets every 4 hours as needed.

 
 

Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg

Brand names are Advil, Nuprin, and Motrin, among others. Relieves pain, fever, menstrual cramps, and inflammation. Overuse syndromes such as bursitis and tendonitis are common in work-related activities, and this is an ideal treatment. The non-Rx dosage is 2 tablets 4 times a day. Should be taken with food to prevent stomach irritation or heartburn. The Rx dosage is 4 tablets taken 4 times daily, a dose that may be necessary for severe inflammation.

Diphenhydramine Tablets, 25mg

The brand name is Benadryl; many variations are sold containing more ingredients than just the diphenhydramine. For antihistamine action, these capsules can be taken 1 or 2 every 6 hours. To use as a powerful cough suppresser, the dose is 1 tablet every 6 hours. For muscle spasm relief, take 1 or 2 tablets at bedtime alone, or in combination with 2 ibuprofen 200 mg tablets. For nausea or motion sick ness, take 1 tablet every 6 hours as needed. For sleep induction take 1 or 2 tablets just before going to bed. The Percogesic included in this module also contains diphenhydramine.

Bisacodyl Tablets, 5mg

This laxative works on the large bowel to form a soft stool within 6 to 10 hours. Use 1 tablet as needed. It is very gentle, so do not expect rapid results. The brand-name product's motto is "Take one in the PM for a BM in the AM."

 

Ranitidine Tables, 150mg

rand name is Zantac. This medication suppresses acid formation. It may also be used to treat certain allergic reactions. The non-Rx dosage is 1 tablet daily. Prescription use goes as high as 300 mg daily for acid suppression. Stronger formulations of medications are available to treat stomach heartburn and reflux symptoms, such as the PPI class of compounds including OTC omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), and espmeprazole (Nexium). If you have severe problems with these conditions, substitute them for ranitidine (Zantac).

3.5 ml syringes with 25-gauge. 5/8-inch needles

Many types are available, but generally I find the 3.5 ml with the attached 25-gauge, 5/8-inch needle to be the most universally useful

Aspirin 81mg chewable tablets

Do not use enteric-coated (EC) tablets, which are slower to work than chewable tablets. A larger number of aspirin can be carried to treat fever, inflammation, and pain. Not for use in children or during preg nancy. This medication is used to prevent platelet aggregation during a heart attack. Aspirin treatment reduced mortality by 23% in acute myocardial infarction (MI) in a published trial called ISIS-2. Aspirin
is a platelet cycloxygenase inhibitor

Paracord 100'

Type III Paracord 550 is made of high quality 100% nylon. Color - Black. Length - 100 feet (30.5 metres). Made in accordance to Mil-Spec.550 lb (249 kg). A 7 core yarns are made of 3 nylon fibers, A true balance of strength and flexibility - 4 mm thickness para cord. UV and fade resistant.

CAT Gen7 Tourniquet

Official tourniquet of the US Army
Proven to be 100% effective in occluding blood flow in upper & lower extremities
Featuring NAR's red tip technology with red elliptical tip to assist user in locating and threading
Reinforced windlass clip & highly visible security tab includes a writeable area to record the time of application

TacMed SOFTT-W Tourniquet, Gen 4

The SOFTT-W Gen 4 Tourniquet uses a 5.5 in. aluminum alloy Windlass mechanism that eases the process of securing the windlass into the clip and tri-ring, increasing the effectiveness of the dual retention system.

Leatherman Raptor Emergency Shears

Equipped with 6 essential tools, including folding emergency response shears, a strap cutter, a ring cutter, a ruler, an oxygen tank wrench and a carbide glass breaker. This is by no means an inexpensive tool but it's versatility and durability make the investment well worth it.

Scalpel #11

versatile and incredibly useful tool which can be used for a wide variety of medical or non-medical procedures.

 
 

Matrix Wizard Skin Stapler

The matrix wizard is a suture thread alternative providing a fast, strong method of holding skin edges together. Does it hurt? Well, yes BUT the pain is brief and the would will be secure. Comes with 55 preloaded staples as well as a disposable staple remover.

Oral Thermometer

Accurate and Fast Reading: About 10 seconds read time. This digital thermometer is used lastest advance sensory probe and the temperature reading is clinically tested and accurately detect the fever, help you determine whether you need a rest or medical care

Water Purification Tablets

Portable water purifier for travel makes questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink within 35 minutes with convenient, portable water purification tabs. Effective against Giardia lamblia when used as directed

Mylar Blanket

Military-grade 12-micron aluminized polyethylene mylar, 52"x82" & 2 oz. Designed to retain up 90% of your body heat, completely block rain, snow, moisture.

Cravat Triangular Bandage

Multifunctional triangular bandage can be used for slings, tourniquets, head and eye injuries, many other first aid emergencies. Small 4 x 3 x 1 inch compressed size is easy to pack. 37 x 37 x 52 inches unfolded triangle. High quality breathable cotton, official USGI issue, made in the USA

Steri Strips

yet another effective means of wound closure. stick one end of the strip on one side of the wound, do the same on the opposite side of the wound and gently pull together being careful not to pucker the skin. Continue adding strips depending on the size of the laceration.

Petroleum Jelly / Vaseline

Possible uses are limited only by the resourcefulness of the user whether it's burns, bites and stings, skin irritation, chafing or a decent firestarter

Chest Seals

For the treatment of entry/exit or multiple penetrating wound. Creating can become extremely challenging or simply stop when the chest is punctured. A chest seal is a thin sheet placed directly over the wound.  Designed with 3-vented channels that allow air to escape the chest cavity during exhalation but prevents airflow from entering through the injury site during inhalation.

Water Filter

High-Performance 0.1 micron absolute inline filter that fits in the palm of your hand and weighs just 2 ounces. Removes 99.99999% of all bacteria (salmonella, cholera, and E. coli and 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardiasis and cryptosporidium). Also removes 100% of all micro plastics.

Leatherman Wave

An incredibly well made, ridiculously versital multi-tool. 'Nuff said.

Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

Accurately determine your SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation levels), pulse rate and pulse strength in 10 seconds and display it conveniently on a large digital LED display.

Tegaderm

Waterproof / breathable dressing cover

Ferro Rod Fire Starter

Bayite 6 Striking Edges Striker-Pro striker is made from TOOL GRADE HSS STEEL and has a distinct hardness, maximizes a shower of hot sparks, no matter whether you prefer to use your left hand or right hand to scrape.

Signal Mirror

Multifunctional and practical: the small signal mirrors adopt built-in precision aiming system, which is great for outdoor survival activities, long-distance communication in the field, sending reflective survival mirror signal.

Permethrin Insect Repellent

Add a layer of protection to your clothing and gear with Permethrin insect and tick repellent spray — perfect for use on clothing and gear. Bonds to fabric fibers for up to 6 weeks or through 6 washings (whichever comes first) and won't stain or damage clothing, fabrics.

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