Every prepper has a basic first aid kit at the very minimum stashed away somewhere. Then there are those who have upped their stockpiles to include several sizes and boxes of bandages and what not. They realize that a single injury is not likely. After a major disaster, there are going to be numerous injuries and a wound will require daily bandage changes for weeks. One injury will deplete the basic first aid supplies the average prepper keeps on hand.
You need to up your game if you are truly serious about taking care of your family for the long term. Injuries can be minor or severe. A serious injury doesn’t necessarily mean death. You just need to learn some basic medical procedures like suturing, setting broken bones and reducing dislocations. Having the appropriate medical equipment will be the key to taking care of those serious, but not necessarily life-threatening injuries.
- Skin stapler—much quicker and easier than suturing
- Suture kits—have a variety of needle sizes that are already threaded and ready for use
- Tactical Cric Kit—if you need to make an emergency airway for someone, you will want this
- QuikClot or hemostatic gauze
- Scalpels in varying sizes
- Israeli bandage—this is an excellent tool to use if you have a wound that needs direct pressure and you are all alone
- Surgical drapes–needed to create a sterile field
While these things may seem a little scary, you can learn how to use them. When you are in a dire situation where a person will die if you don’t do something, these tools will give you the best shot at saving lives.