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Medical Kit Purchase Opportunity

I have recently had some individuals express interest in possibly coming together as a community and putting a group buy together for a medical emergency response kit. After doing some research and sketching out a plan, this is what I have come up with:

  1. The requirement for making the purchase happen will be to determine that there is enough interest.
  2. Payment will have to be received up front. Unfortunately, as much as I would like to, I cannot afford to finance this project alone. 
  3. From what I have been able to source, here is what the kit will look like:

Trauma Response Kit – $150 + Shipping (U.S. Domestic Flat Rate is less than $20)

Airway/Breathing

  • HALO Occlusive Chest Seal (2 Per Package) – 1 Each

Bleeding/Circulation

  • SOF Tactical Tourniquet – 1 Each
  • Emergency Trauma Dressing (6”) – 2 Each
  • QuikClot (25G) – 2 Each

Splint/Disability

  • ACE Wrap (6”) – 1 Each
  • SAM Splint, Flat (4.25” x 36”) – 1 Each
  • Cravat (Triangular Bandage) – 1 Each

Wound Care

  • Slip Tip Syringe (10 cc) – 1 Each
  • Steri-Strips Adhesive Skin Closure (1/8” x 3”, 5 Per Package) – 1 Each
  • Stretch Roller Gauze, Sterile (4”) – 1 Each
  • 2 x 2 Gauze Pads, Sterile – 10 Each
  • 4 x 4 Gauze Pads, Sterile – 5 Each
  • Adhesive Bandage (3/8” x 1.5”) – 6 Each
  • Adhesive Bandage (3/4” x 3”) – 8 Each
  • Adhesive Bandage (1” x 3”) – 8 Each
  • Adhesive Bandage (2” x 4.5”) – 4 Each

Miscellaneous

  • Black Nitrile Exam Gloves, Large – 5 Pair
  • Cloth Medical Tape (1”) – 1 Roll
  • Alcohol Pads – 10 Each
  • Trauma Shears – 1 Each
  • Moleskin (3” x 5”) – 1 Sheet
  • Casualty Space Blanket – 1 Each
  • Splinter Forcep – 1 Each
  • Cyalume Light Stick – 2 Each

OTC Medications

  • Antibiotic Ointment (.9GR Foil Pack) – 5 Each
  • Extra-Strength Acetaminophen (2 Pack) – 5 Each
  • Ibuprofen (2 Pack) – 5 Each
  • Antacid (2 Pack) – 5 Each
  • Antidiarrheal – 5 Each
  • Hydrocortisone Cream (.9GR Foil Pack) – 5 Each
  • Electrolyte Tablets (2 Pack) – 5 Each
  • Cold & Cough (2 Pack) – 5 Each
Please let me know if this is an opportunity that you are interested in pursuing or if you have any additional questions by emailing me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Reinforcing The Need For Basic Preparedness

There are events that occur daily in our lives that reinforce the need to prep. Not all of these events are catastrophic and not even all of them are experiences that we witness first hand but, there are things that are constant reminders of why we should be prepared. Last week, my family and I got a not so subtle reminder of why basic preparedness is essential. A week ago, there were a number of devastating storms that caused tornadoes, torrential rainfall, and high winds throughout the Midwest United States. Our house happens to be situated in an area where we are susceptible to losing power as a result of high winds and murphy struck in a big way! We lost our power and were left in the dark for what we were told was going to be upwards of seven days! This is not what we had in mind as a way to spend our week. It was not going to be the end of the world though because we have a basic plan (as everyone should) to deal with such circumstances.

Basic Preparedness

Here are some key components to a basic emergency plan…

#1 – A Blackout Kit: Don’t get stuck fumbling around in the dark. Keep at least one source of backup lighting (flashlight, lightstick, lantern, etc.) available in an accessible and convenient spot. It might not be a bad idea to have multiples strategically staged throughout the house. A light source is also a good item to keep on your keychain in the event you are not near your blackout kit when there is a loss of power.

#2 – A Basic Medical Kit: First aid is something that could be needed at any time. Stick a kit in the car, in your desk at work, and have one at the house. A commercially produced kit is a good start, especially if you are not comfortable with the idea of building your own kit but look at what your needs are and what the contents of the kit are. Many of these pre-made first aid kits are lacking in the quantity or quality of the supplies included as well as missing some of the advanced components that you might need.

#3 – A Plan To Deal With Food: Not only is it necessary to provide fuel to our bodies on a daily basis, but it is also beneficial to avoid losing money and food as a result of spoilage. To meet our needs and avoid this loss, develop a plan to deal with the perishable food that is left on hand following a disaster. Two of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by cooking food with a barbecue grill or over a fire. Both bbq’s and fire pits are common place and can provide not only the means to cook but also heat water as needed. If space is limited, disposable, single use grills can be purchased to fulfill this requirement.

#4 – A Way To Get Clean Water: Water is great. Clean water is better. Every emergency kit should have a way to filter and decontaminate water. Consider also keeping some clean water stored at home, in the car, and even at work if feasible to have access to in an emergency. In the event that clean water is not always available, have a plan to locate and clean dirty water. Plan on having enough, or being able to get enough, water to have one gallon per person, per day for drinking and cooking at a minimum. If the resources are available, add an additional gallon per person, per day for hygiene purposes.

#5 – Shelter – Sheltering in place at home is typically the most comfortable way to wait out a storm. This is not always feasible though and a plan should be in place to go somewhere else if it is required. Look for a family member, friend, or acquaintance that lives on the other side of town, a different city, or even another state if that is what it takes to get to safety. It is advisable to have a minimum of two routes to get to each destination in the event that one route is closed or obstructed.

#6 – Security: I am a gun guy and think that if you are comfortable with gun ownership, then this should be a vital part of any security plan. It is also not the only answer. High quality locks on doors and windows are a basic component of security and should be the priority. A nonlethal defensive option should be available like pepper spray. If a firearm is the only tool that is available, it could lead to having to make a tough decision that might be avoided with a nonlethal option.

#7 – Energy: A secondary source of power (generator, solar panels, wind turbine, etc.) is a great thing to have when the power goes out. Not only does this maintain some of the basic comforts that require power but it can also be a way to minimize the loss of refrigerated and frozen foods. Keep these two things in mind when it comes to backup energy sources: 1. When an entire area is without power or systems of support, a dwelling with power will stand out like a lighthouse for lack of a better term. This can lead to becoming a potential target if things are really bad. 2. An energy source, like a generator, that is powered by fuel will require fuel to be stored to power the generator for a reasonable period of time. Even if a large system is not practical for you, a small portable solar system can be a great way to keep a few things charged.

It can never be definitely predicted when a disaster will strike. Having a leg up on the recovery by not being caught helpless can be a game changer. I was reminded of the basic need for preparedness last week. What will the situation be for you if a disaster were to strike today?

The Only Medical Bag You Will Ever Have To Buy

One of the major components of being a prepper is having a plan in place in the event someone needs medical treatment. All the planning in the world is no good without a kit, and the world’s best kit is useless without a bag to get it around in. I am fortunate in that I have had extensive military experience as an Army combat medic, so I have been able to use and abuse many medical kits and bags. This is especially true during the time I spent in combat. There is one bag though, that saw me through all of my combat deployments.

Photo Credit: London Bridge Trading Company

I had the same London Bridge Trading (LBT) Training Coverage Medical Bag for all three of the combat tours that I did in Iraq. As a medic this was an irreplaceable asset to me and led to dozens of lives being saved. No matter where we went or what we did, I had my aid bag with me, ready to go to work. This combat proven bag is structured to be most effective when needed in times of life or death. The two main compartments are clearly organized and allow quick access to all your medical supplies. 

The second to none LBT bag is well designed and put together with unmatched craftsmanship. Not only is the design flexible enough to work with a variety of clothing and uniforms, it will also fit comfortably with body armor and without. The craftsmanship features padded shoulder straps, double stitching and bar-tacked seams, nylon bonded thread, and grommet reinforced drain holes in every pocket. When comparing these design features to similar bags, it will quickly become clear that the LBT products are echelons above the other products in the marketplace. Other features of the London Bridge Trading Company Training Coverage Medical Bag include:

  • Overall Dimensions: 21L x 14.5W x 5.2H
  • Main Compartment Measures 14L x 8W x 20H
  • Main Compartment Pocket For Removable Padded Drug Bag (12L x 3.5W x 7H)
  • Main Compartment Pocket For Removable Airway Kit Bag (12L x 4.5W x 7H)
  • Interior Mesh Pocket With Draw Closure (For 3000cc Injectables) Within Main Compartment
  • Main Compartment Has Zippered Mesh Pockets (12L x 6H) and 3 Cinch Straps For Bulky Items
  • Splint Pocket and Pocket For Hydration Bladder Inside Main Compartment
  • 2 Sliders On All Zippered Compartments
  • Heavy-Duty Carry Handle
  • Side Pockets For EMT Shears & Mini-Mag Light
  • Weight: 7.1 Lbs 
Photo Credit: London Bridge Trading Company

I would say that there are a few disadvantages of this particular pack. The single greatest downside to the training coverage medical pack is the price. At a retail price of $569.59, it is very expensive! It is also limited in the colors that it is available in. The stock colors are all tactical in design making it difficult to use in a covert manner, AKA the “grey man” approach to survival.

So why is this the only medical bag you will ever have to buy? I believe that it is so well-built that you won’t ever have to replace it. And if my opinion isn’t good enough, even if you do manage to beat it up, London Bridge Trading stands behind their products with a lifetime warranty. They will repair or replace their products for issues that are a result of manufacturing or materials defects.

Because what we pay for, is typically what we get, I would advocate for one quality product that will last a lifetime instead of spending more in the end to buy an inferior product and replace it five times. How will you meet the medical needs of you and yours if things go bad?

U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit

Photo Credit: airforce.com
Photo Credit: airforce.com

I think that one of the best ways to come up with an effective and comprehensive medical kit is to look to professionals that render medical care in the most austere environments in the world. Often this care is given under circumstances that will never even be mentioned to the public because of the sensitive nature of the mission. If a medical kit is good enough to rescue America’s heroes from the toughest situations imaginable then it is likely a good model to develop a medical kit for use in a survival or disaster/emergency preparedness situation. I believe the United States Air Force Pararescuemen are some of the most professional and impressive emergency medical care providers in existence and I choose to use their medical kit as a guide when putting my kits together. Use it if you think it would be beneficial, but I would recommend at least taking a look.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

So…without further ado, here is the packing list for the U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit:

U.S. Air Force Pararescue

Primary Medical Kit Packing List

FIELD PACK W/FRAME, ALCE, LARGE                                      

(All quantities are minimums./Suitable substitutes may be used upon request.)

UPPER LEFT SMALL PKT

Packing Note: Scissors stored loose in pocket.

1 PG – Band-Aid

1 PG – First Aid Kit, Eye Dressing

2 EA – 4×4 Post Op Sponge

2 EA – Chapstick

1 TU – Bactrocan

2 PR – Ear Plugs

1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large

UPPER CENTER SMALL PKT

Packing Note: Steri-Strips will need to be added to surgical kit (not a component of kit).

2 EA – Space Blanket

1 EA – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof

1 EA – Surgical Kit:(Following are the components)

1 EA – Case, Minor Surgery, Surgical Instrument Set

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 10, 6S

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 11, 6S

1 EA – Holder, Suture, Needle, Hegar-Mayo, 6 inch

1 EA – Forceps, Dressing, Straight, 5 1⁄2 inch

2 EA – Forceps, Hemostatic, Straight, Kelly 5 1/3 inch

1 EA – Handle, Surgical Knife, Detachable Blade

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 12 3/8 Circle 6S

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 16 3/8 Circle 6S

1 EA – Probe, General Operating, Straight, 5inch

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 0 12S 6

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 00 12S 6

1 EA – Scissors, Straight 5-1/2 inch

2 EA – Steri-Strip 1/8 inch

LOWER CENTER LRG PKT (BANDAGE POCKET)

Packing Note: Bandage scissors stored loose in pocket.

1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large

6 EA – Povidine/Iodine 4” Applicator

1 EA – 11” Battle Dressing

4 EA – Battle Packs: (consisting of)

1 EA – Tourniquet

1 EA – Battle Dressing Small

1 EA – Ace Wrap

2 EA – Petrolatum Gauze And/Or Sodium Chloride Gauze

1 EA – Muslin Bandage

1 EA – Kerlix (In Mfg Wrapper)

1 EA – 4×4 Gauze Sponges

1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag

1 PR – Gloves, High Risk Large

LOWER LEFT LRG PKT (AIRWAY POCKET)

Packing Note: Either type laryngoscope blade may be used.

1 EA – Handle, Laryngoscope

1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope Miller #2

1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope, Macintosh #3

1 RO – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof

3 EA – Endotracheal Tube 7.5

3 EA – Stylet, ET

3 EA – Berman Airway Adult

1 EA – 18 Ga. Cath

2 PG – Alcohol Pads

1 EA – Kelly Hemo 5 1⁄2 Inch

1 EA – Heimlich Valve

2 EA – Nasopharyngeal Airway (Trumpet)

2 EA – Surgilube Packets

1 EA – Knife, Gen. Surg #10

4 EA – Finger Cot

1 EA – Pocket Mask

1 EA – Syringe Hypo 10cc

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

LOWER RIGHT LRG PKT (FLUID POCKET)

Packing Note: 1. Fluid bag will be unwrapped and stored in the infusor cuff.  2. Remaining IV items will be packed in an appropriate sized ziplock bag and stored between the fluid bag and the infusor cuff or taped directly to IV/infusor cuff.

1 EA – IV Infusor Kit(consisting of)

1 EA – Sodium Chloride 1000ML

1 EA – Infusor Cuff

1 EA – IV Admin Set

3 EA – Alcohol Pad

1 EA – 80lb Test Line, 36”

1 EA – Penrose Drain

1 EA – 18 Ga Cath

1 EA – 20 Ga Cath

1 EA – 14 Ga Cath

1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag

BOTTOM ACCESSORY POUCH

1 EA – Poleless Litter

1 EA – Cervical Collar, Reg.

RADIO PKT INSIDE PACK (FLUID/DIAGNOSTIC POCKET)

Packing Note: Battle packs are packed in individual bags.

2 EA – IV Infusor Kit

2 EA – Battle Packs

2 EA – Needle, 21 Ga

1 EA – Normal Saline

1 EA – Diagnostic Kit (consisting of)

1 EA – BP cuff

1 EA – Stethoscope

2 EA – Penlight

1 EA – Subnormal Thermometer

1 EA – Foley Catheter

3 EA – Surgilube Packets

1 EA – Rectal Thermometer

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

INSIDE MAIN POCKET

NOTE: 1. Battle packs will be in individual bags. 2. Splints may be wire ladder, SAM, or both. 3. Kerlex and 4×4 sponges may be packed together in one bag or as separate bags.

3 EA – Battle Packs

2 EA – Ice Pack, (As Required)

2 EA – Heat Pack, (As Required)

2 EA – Flexible Splint, Padded or Wire Ladder Splint or SAM Splint

6 EA – Kerlex

6 EA – 4×4 Sponges, Post Op

1 EA – Kendrick Traction Device (KTD)

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

1 EA – V-Vac Suction

UPPER FLAP POCKET

A/R – Non-Medical Items

A/R – Batteries, AAA

A/R – Batteries, AA

1 EA – Medication & Procedure Handbook

3 EA – Patient Treatment Cards

4 EA – High Risk Gloves, Med. Or High Risk Gloves, Large