We live in a world with access to cheap pharmaceuticals profession doctors who are very good at their jobs, people worry about how to address their medical needs in an emergency when the world as we know it ceases to exist. Even people who glory in good health or youth should prepared to handle rudimentary medical emergencies when necessary and have emergency essentials on hand. Most of the supplies people need to be prepared are compact and can be stowed in a small kit.
Most importantly, if anyone in your family has a life-threatening dependence on medication (i.e. diabetes), you should stock up on that medication. These, of course, would be considered emergency essentials. Do all in your power to collect them. The alternatives are not satisfactory.
Most medications a have a shelf life of 3 – 6 months. Stock up on the needed medicine then cycle through the rotation to make sure it stays fresh. It is a great, tried and true method for keeping the maximum on hand. When additional prescriptions are needed some doctors will write the extra prescriptions and others will not. Try to stock a minimum 2-week supply of needed medications.
As an alternative to what may be called Western medications you may be able to wean yourself off of them and replace them with Eastern/herbal alternatives or possibly through changes in your diet. Whenever you consider undergoing changes to your medication you should be under the supervision of a qualified doctor. Many people can find relief for medical conditions using herbs, diet and through specific nutrient supplementation.
When you are outfitting your bug out bag or medical kit try to include most if not all of the below items. Think of these as emergency essentials:
– Tourniquet or cuff for major blood loss from an extremity
– A topical antiseptic such as; hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and/or liquid iodine
– Salve or medicated ointment for minor burns
– Bandages in a variety of sizes and types, think band aids, gauze bandages, pads, elastic bandages, and adhesive medical tape
– Feminine hygiene pads can also be stored for emergency medical care, as they can absorb an a large amount of blood and fluid
– Splinting material or a SAM splint
– A supply of painkillers, including aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen
– Robust, sharp scissors, a thermometer and a good pair of tweezers
– Suture material for stitching and/or a medical stapler for closing small wounds; superglue, maybe even duct tape might be worth considering
– Cotton balls and cotton swabs for cleaning or dressing
– Readily available antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin. Look in local vet offices and farm supply stores to purchase without an RX
– A reputable medical field guide
You will want to make personal adaptations and inclusions to make in your medical kit, the items on the above list are a good place to start. People may also include compact fire-starting kits in their medical kit with other emergency essentials; you could also include activated charcoal capsules. If there is someone in your life that needs an inhaler the medical kit would be a good spot for it.
Many people throw in space blankets (also known as thermal blankets) in their medical kits. These emergency blankets are compact, light-weight and fairly inexpensive. Also consider those crush-able cooling and heating packs in the kit. A pair of warm gloves is never a bad idea considering the variables in Mother Nature.
A comprehensive medical kit ,complete with emergency essentials, can also contain a magnifying glass, they are excellent to get a closer look at things and assist in fire-starting, also think about a small flashlight with spare batteries. If you use glasses or contacts for clear vision, consider a spare pair of glasses and/or a backup set of contacts in your medical kit. Eye drops are another popular item to stock in your first aid kit even if you don’t usually use them. If you are bothered by allergies consider allergy relieving eye drops.
You can stock your medical kit with the very emergency essentials you or your family would ever need however, the best medical preparation you can make is to control your own health. Strengthen your immune system and your body as a whole. The less you or your loved ones have to rely upon the kit you prepared the better off everyone will be. People who are most vulnerable in emergencies are those who rely on medications that can only be purchased from a pharmacy. Also those who have to deal with chronic conditions will have a very difficult time.
Eat quality, nutrient full food to full your body and mind. This will go a long way in determining the overall state of health you enjoy. Too much junk food is liable to create obesity. Too much sugar can lead to developing diabetes. The list of what you should stay away from or can do you harm continues to grow. People find that by adjusting their diet they can reduce or eliminate their need for prescription or even pharmaceutical medications. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor for professional advise on how to adjust your diet and intake correctly.
In recap, there are also many traditional “Eastern” remedies for minor medical conditions. These range from teas with honey to beat a common cold, to poultices for topical applications to minor wounds, cuts and abrasions. Ginger is a good source to ease nausea and reduce minor intestinal discomfort and could be considered an emergency essential under the right conditions with the right people.