(This is a section of a short group of txt files I was asked to write for a family that had the funding but wanted to ensure they obtained the most
important things first. They were insistent on storing gold and silver. After I explained the reality of the situation they have followed along very
well. I encouraged them also to scour the survival and prepping sites, to work on their food storage phases, once they have gear stored and have had
some practice time. The following assumes its not a bit of good to be able to defend a life, if one can't first save a life. Now they have a set
phased plan that follows solid and logical reasoning to specifically get their family up to speed based on the preps they already had and to reinforce
those as they went along.)
Part II: First Aid when no help is coming.
So now you have clean water to drink and cook and have limited personal hygiene.
The next question is usually what do we need beyond water?
Food? Guns? Radios? Equipment? Everyone will tell you this is out of order. I'm here to tell you they are wrong. Beyond water and the 72hr bag you
should already have...... Step II is Medical Training and Medical supplies.
Reason this out. What good does having years of food, a room full of supplies or a large arsenal do anyone..... if you start a crisis with walking
wounded or worse? Your own family in medical trauma?
What good are you if you use examination gloves or non sterile dressing on an open compound fracture, or partially severed limb? You probably just
finished the job with bacteria when you were trying to help. Only these are not strangers. These are your own flesh and blood. Proper supplies and
training comes after water.
Disclaimer: Everything you do is your responsibility. If you give medical aid above your certifications and or licenses, you may be punished by law,
eventually. You can think of this as theory advice. Your on your own. And you may find you really are one day.
Warning: Everything here was carefully researched. I sought out several experts in making my own decisions. You should as well. There is so much bad
medical advice on the net right now, for even simple first aid, you need to check and double check everything you find and stick to real published
medical texts and stay away from forums and web sources unless they have been verified as correct. Get trained. Know the difference. Arm chair experts
CPR training for everyone.
Basic first aid for everyone.
Advanced first aid or first responder/EMT training for as many possible.
You can do basic on the web at your own pace and pay for your certification cards. You should be able to shop price and get CPR and basic first aid
for $20 or around there, to have your cert cards sent in the mail.
You should have an advanced first aid kit. Here is a link for a pretty basic one you can get into around $50.
(I am going to use vids by patriotnurse as they are good, functional, knowledge with no technical mistakes. She needs to lay off the caffeine, but hey
its not the normal endless drone like some. )
Medical kit on a $50 budget:
Advanced First aid kits:
I personally skipped dining out and counted my pennies for a month to afford the one I have used as a basic starter bag. I add to it every month at a
Remember, most all of these bags come EMPTY. Regardless of the pictures unless they say fully stocked. The one I ordered is fully stocked, and
designed to assist till the ambulance arrives. But then again this Note is about no help coming. Being too remote or all services tied up for extended
And we have two vids on An advanced kit Similar to mine above but more extensive on medications and some Items. Its critically important to pay
special attention to specifics. Lots of folks google portable field hospital and click on a $400 backpack and find out later on its for trauma
surgeons in the field, and wont meet real world needs, or even deal with diarrhea, and other semi deadly things. Those kits are designed for helping
to get ready to transport to a hospital, not for when your on your own.
Expanded first aid kit:
Pay also attention to where she is saying to buy these things. 1 large cold pack at the drug store cant compete with two small ones. $6 vs $2. Also
pay attention to all of the dual and multi use items.
Now the items that follow are above the level of what you will ever get training for. These Items are strictly for emergencies when no help is
Since your over your head at this point, there are two books to buy first. Seriously if you have to do these things for loved ones and there is no
help, your in over your head. You need hard reference material.
Beware. There are fake books that sound similar. These are the real two.
You need several sizes of sutures, as well as steri strips. 2.0 sutures are going to leave Frankenstein scars. They might be required when you have a
partially severed limb. For face and other places, a selection of 4.0 and 6.0 sutures are needed. The larger the number, the smaller the thread and
curved needle. Also remember, you will not likely have any type of local pain killer. The smaller and less invasive the better.
Children are not likely to allow you to 'raw sew' them lol. This is where the steri strips come in. put them close together pulling the wound closed
once it has been irrigated and cleaned. Then use a small or cut portion of sterile telfa pad over the top of the steri strips and stick it down with
good old duct tape strips. (Cause kids know they have been fixed right, when the duct tape comes out)
I have one of these field surgical kits. Its a very low grade of instrument. I have added another handful of surgical instruments. Including 2 of the
#3 scalpel handles. There is a reason. The kit comes with a #4 handle. A #3 handle takes #10 blades and is smaller and more to size for emergency
purposes. Two handles are important. Scalpel blades dull very fast. Changing blades mid stream should be avoided. When one becomes too dull you can
just pick up a new one. I also added a butane torch similar to what crack heads use and a couple spare cans of fuel. Remember the guy stuck under the
rock who had to amputate his own arm? I think he may have preferred to have a torch as well as a scalpel.
This was my starter before adding additional instruments:
Toss out the penlight. Its dead. When you have studied what you may need your kit should have the same amount of handles down both sides instead of
just one. You have to walk that path on your own. #3 handles are a must. None of these kits come with blades. 100 #10 blades are about 12 dollars.
(which is cheap if you do hobby things too lol)
Do not confuse a field surgery kit with a dissection kit. They are completely different. Opposites you might say.
Here are the advanced items the nurse recommends.
I also keep the adult ambu-bag. I dont have the LMA. I do have a standard airway set. Olsen forceps are the bomb.
If you have to give CPR on your own, the ambu bag will allow breaths far beyond where you become dizzy. You have one mouth and two hands. We know now
that stopping breathing and compressions before the 25 minute mark is a mistake in some cases. We used to feel 10 minutes was the end of the line but
with more people doing CPR each year we know that some people come back very late on, and recover fully. If its your loved one how long do you want to
I don't keep anything for infants. Just cant afford the extra things and all of the girls I know are not going that direction, if you get my
Every fool on the internet will tell you to get this first. Reality is if you cant properly flush and clean a wound, clotting it full of foreign
matter is not really the best idea.
But it serves a purpose, and at the tail end you should add an agent to your kit once everything else is covered. But I know first hand that if you
think you wont scream when you put quick clot on an open wound your a fool. It hurts bad! So does the other one. I think its sports clot or some other
The only clotting agent you should buy is Celox in 2 gram packets. Doesnt hurt a bit and it is the only clotting agent that works for people on blood
thinners. Coumaden, hearipin, etc.
Celox in small packets it the only good choice to stop excessive bleeding. They come in 10 of the two gram packets. You can open one at a time as
needed. Once you open the big packets you have to throw the rest away.
In closing, there isnt much point in doing anything in the way of food, supplies or arms preparations, unless you can help save a life. Or save your
own. Will I be performing an emergency appendectomy? Not a chance. If I can find a doctor and supply the things needed for the surgery....well I would
find the doctor. He likely doesn't have his own things these days. I understand I may have to remove things hanging by a flap of skin, or other
assisting in order to dress a wound. That's the real world. But I would search for a real doc in every case, or the closest thing to it.
Hope this took a lot of the leg work away for you. I know this summer when I start spending time up at the claim, I wont worry so much about being
remote, and alone, like I used to. Been thinking of a remote emergency beacon though.....