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The Not So Basic Medical Skills and SuppliesOver the last couple of weeks Kevin and I talked about trauma kits and supplies. This week Lisa and I continue with the not so basic medical skills and supplies. When I say “not so basic” I mean we are not going to go over band aids and gauze pads, We go over the stuff that you may be confused about.

While some of these are fairly basic, some might be the “I know I need it, but I don’t know why” items, or possibly just a couple that you forgot about all together. When it comes to first aid kits at home, the rule “too much is never enough” absolutely applies.

First aid supplies usually have a very long shelf life, and most are fairly inexpensive. You also don’t need to go out and buy everything all at once. You can get started with the basics, and keep adding to it over the course of time.

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As I was doing research for this podcast I came across a fantastic article from Skilled Survival. This article is so detailed that we ended up talking about it for about half of the podcast. Do yourself a favor and check out the article while you are listening, it goes over everything form the basics, to the more advanced.

Topics Covered in the Show

As I said earlier, many of these items are listed on the page, but these are the ones we talked about. We also covered antibiotics, medications and some of the not so common stuff in the Bug Out Bag first aid kits we sell at the 

Tools In Your Medical Kit

We often think so much about the medical supplies themselves that we forget about the tools that go along with them. In the show we covered some of the most common tools, and why you might need them.

  • Head Lamps
  • Tweezers & Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Q-Tips
  • trauma shears
  • Nail clippers
  • Scalpel with blades
  • Stethoscope
  • Duct Tape

Antibiotics: We didn’t talk very much about antibiotic because we have an entire episode (and Article) that covers everything you need to know about antibiotics in general, and fish antibiotics in general. We also talked about why having a Nursing drug handbook is such a great idea.

OTC Medications: We spent quite a bit of time on this in the show because there are just so many different uses and medications to choose from. We also talked quite a bit about the differences between aspirin, Advil, and ibuprofen.

Silvasorb Gel: If you have listened to our show, you know Lisa loves Silvasorb and hates Neosporin and antibiotic gels. Silvasorb is a little expensive, but well worth the cost. Curad also makes a lower cost alternative.

Blister Treatment: Having a blister is no laughing matter, especially in a SHTF scenario. There are a few options for blister treatment and prevention such as Molefoam, Moleskin and 2nd Skin, I personally like Moleskin.

Diarrhea and Constipation: In a disaster scenario you will be eating long term food and your diet may change, when your diet changes your body might have issues with that. Having medications that will keep you “regular” are a must.

In The BOB Kit

Potassium Permanganate: I did a video a while back about how Potasium Permangenate can be used to treat water, a disinfectant and even get a fire started.

Steri Strips: As most of you know, we don’t recommend doing stitches unless you absolutely know what you are doing. Steri Strips are a great alternative, and a better solution when stitches aren’t necessary.

Medi Honey: For long term wound care and quicker healing, Medi Honey is a wonderful product. Medi Honey is also great for treating burns, abrasions, lacerations, minor cuts.

Mastisol: Mastisol is a liquid medical adhesive used to ensure the integrity of dressing, tapes, and certain devices over an extended period of time. Masitsol is also great for adding a little more sticking power to steristrips.

Xeroform: Xeroform is a petrolatum based gauze, deodorizing, occlusive and non-adhering wound dressing. It also donated moisture to the wound to promote healing.

BOB First Aid Kit Discount

For a limited time I have set up a coupon code at the SHTFShop for anyone who wants the BOB First Aid Kit for just $25. Use the code “bob” (without quotes) at checkout to get the discount.

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    4 replies to "The Not So Basic Medical Skills and Supplies"

    • Coop

      Just listened to this podcast and it is great, however I have a couple of things to consider. One of the comments y’all made right away was not having sutures, or anything you don’t know how to use, in your med kit. My train of thought on this was that you may not know how to use but that doesn’t mean someone around or with you doesn’t know how. I’d rather have things I don’t know how to use just in case. Better to have and not need, then to need and not have. If I can help someone or myself by having the item(s) needed so another person can use correctly on the injury. If you’re responsible enough to have shtf supplies, you should be responsible enough to not use something that you might cause further injury with.
      Moving on haha, second comment was the thermometer. The one you use in ears are awesome, but if someone has bleeding from the ears then I would use an oral, if temp is needed. Just think the basic digital oral is great. It may take a little longer but the newer ones aren’t that bad.
      Thanks for the info, and sometimes y’all crack me up haha. Have a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!


    • CrazeeMomma4

      This was a great article/podcast. I am known as the Neo Queen in my family, but now I’ll become the Silva Queen! I love listening to you two and always look for the next podcast! Have a great week.

    • Julie

      Can you recommend a good website (or brick/morter store) to buy Silvasorb? My go-to is Amazon but they will only sell it to you if you have a medical license. There are other websites I found, but I want to be sure to use a reputable one. Any suggestions?

    • Julie

      Great article, thank you! I want to add that 2nd Skin is a really awesome product that I always have in my kits. It is a sheet of water based gel that is used for burns, blister, or wounds. In high school I had a wart on the bottom of my foot removed by laser, which left a large gaping burn wound (I don’t think they do this anymore…), and the doctor recommended 2nd skin to cover the wound. I kid you not, once this stuff was on, I could walk around on it and not even feel it – amazing! I recommend the larger sheets since you can cut it to size.

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