As a nurse paramedic, I can tell you that you need to learn to improvise in an emergency. for a sucking chest wound (All chest wounds suck) you can use a potato chip bag, a glove, etc. For suturing, you must remember to clean the wound 1st with water or saline solution to PREVENT infection, then with soap and water. If you don't suture, you can use hydrogen peroxide to cauterize and stop bleeding. You can use superglue anywhere there is not a great amount of pulling of the skin making sure wound is clean and dry. Then, if necessary, suture using mono filament fishing line within 4 hours (the sooner the better) and not left in more than 4 - 7 days. cover the wound lightly with dressing and bandage. Change dressing daily if soiled.
I would stock my bag with:
Nitral or medical gloves
Elastic bandages 2,4, & 6 inch
Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide
You can use trees and bushes for a splint
dental floss saran wrap & emergency Mylar blankets (2)
needle(s) (curved and straight) and mono filament line (small diameter)
Matches, zip lock bags for penetrating chest trauma, and to hold supplies
needle nosed pliers or hemostats (2)
eye wash (Normal saline solution (0.9% NS)) to wash out wounds before closure, triple antibiotic ointment or creme.
Large square of muslin or cotton 40 X 40 inches for sling and swath
3 inch strips of unbleached muslin or clean cotton for tying braces, etc.
oragel (for topical pain relief)
benedryl for hives / itching
aspirin 81mg - 1 bottle chewable
hydro cortisone creme 1%
4 X 4 and roll gauze
Medium sized pocket knife and small LED flashlight
If you can gain access to drugs,and have the knowledge to use them (can kill you) 1:10,000 Lidocaine 2%
1:1000 epinephrine for allergic reactions
scalpels or razor blades
glucose solution or tablets for diabetic emergencies
anti nausea and anti diarrhea medications
Zofran (Rx) im or Phernagan
D5 & Saline solution with 10 drop drip set (Rx for IV) re-hydration
some of you will need an MD to write scripts for above if he/she agrees.
Antibiotics may be useful but remember many people are ALLERGIC to penicillin and have a reactions!
in reality, you need two medical bags - 1 for long term treatments and 1 for emergencies. Remember that you need to get to a place of safety before starting long term treatment - assess airway, breathing, and circulation and if they are intact, proceed to a sheltered area ASAP. (That is why I use 2 bags)
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