I have organized our nascent stockpile into four layers:
1) Everyday ills
|First aid, adult, and children's boxes form layer one of our medical scheme|
I have three plastic tubs for adult, children's, and general first aid items.These are stored in a handy location in the kitchen and we use the contents frequently. This layer includes commonplace items like thermometers, Band-Aids, children's pain medication, Tums, current prescriptions, etc.
One bottle of Advil isn't nearly enough. I'm trying to get a year's supply plus of all essential medicines and supplies. All my extras as well as anything that might be especially temperature sensitive (My storeroom is at a constant, cool temperature. The kitchen, not so much.) are stored here. I'll rotate these into use just like we do our food storage.
3) Minor medical emergency supplies - These are to treat things that you might visit an urgent care clinic, your family physician, or an emergency room for. Small burns and wounds that are too deep for a Band-Aid but don't require stitches are two examples. You need to have the knowledge to discern what you can safely treat at home.
|The middle shelf holds my minor emergency stuff|
4) The Big Guns - Things you really hope you never have to use, such as surgical kits and compression bandages. I haven't ventured very far down this path yet. Scary stuff that DEFINITELY needs training to use.
With these layers in mind, I created the following list of items that I think are necessary for a well-stocked family first aid stockpile. This is a work in progress, so if you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!
I hope to cross each item off this list over the course of the next year or so.
1) Build up a one year supply of my prescription. Check your insurance to see how often you can fill your prescription. If you can get it filled every 20 days, do that and you'll gradually build up a supply.
2) Build up a supply of antibiotics. Read this, this, and this on SurvivalBlog to get some ideas of legal ways to do this and see where I'm coming from. You don't have to break any laws or cross into Mexico to do it and it could be life-saving.
3) Possibly get some Tamiflu.
1) Ibuprofen (adult and children's)
2) Acetaminophen (adult, children's and infant formulas)
3) Aspirin – This might seem like pain reliever overkill, but there are certain things that aspirin does that nothing else can, such as save your life during a heart attack.
4) Benedryl (adult and children's formulas)
5) Zyrtec or Claritin (adult and children's formulas) - Mini Me takes Zyrtec regularly.
6) Imodium (adult and children's)
7) Pepcid Complete
9) Hydrocortisone cream
10) Anti-fungal cream
12) Salt substitute (for making electrolyte drink – read this)
13) Your drug of choice for constipation: Miralax, Fiber supplements, etc.
2) Alcohol wipes
3) Hydrogen Peroxide
4) Bacitracin ointment
5) Dermabond skin adhesive
7) Sterile gauze – different sizes
8) Non-stick wound dressings
9) First Aid Tape
10) SteriStrips/Butterfly wound closures
1) Ace bandages
2) Eye drops
3) Lip balm
4) Diaper rash cream (Balmex, Desitin, etc.)
5) Burn kit
6) Moleskin for foot blister treatment/prevention
7) Bleach (unscented)
9) Disinfectant Wipes
10) SAM Medical Splint
11) N 95 Masks
12) Exam Gloves
13) Q Tips
14) Cough Drops
15) Sphygmomanometer (Blood Pressure Cuff)
"More Serious Stuff" - You'd better learn how to use it ahead of time:
1) Israeli Battle Dressings - Did you read how these amazing devices saved lives during the horrible shooting in Tucson?
2) Israeli Abdominal Emergency Bandage
3) Quikclot Gauze
4) Dental Kit
5) Suture Kits
6) Medical Trauma kit (IV supplies, surgical instruments etc.) See Analytical Survival's YouTube video, Part One and Part Two for an example of what I'm talking about. Warning: the videos I linked have a high testosterone content. ;)
7) Childbirth Kit (although if we need this, Hubby Dear's urologist is going to have some explaining to do...)
1) Where There Is No Doctor
2) The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
3) Where There Is No Dentist
4) First Aid -- Responding To Emergencies
What do you think? Do I have any glaring omissions? What's the status of your first aid preparedness?