I know we often talk about food, water, and shelter but one thing I feel we need to discuss is the need for medical supplies and wound care. Nothing will take you out faster than an infected wound (especially if the infection goes systemic and you end up septic). Of course the trick to avoiding such a thing is quick cleaning and proper wound care. Basic first aid kits work for basic first aid needs but lets face it, in a SHTF situation wounds you could recieve will be anything but basic. Medical centers and hospitals will quickly become overrun and being able to obtain care quickly will be all but non-existant. Even in this small town I live in if there is a mass casualty incident (6 or more trauma patients) combined with a few heart attacks and a stroke or two, the local hospitals are on divert status (meaning they divert less critical patients to other hospitals) and the other hospitals quickly become filled up. In a SHTF situation, I can safely assume that quick care will not be available. Knowing all of the above I have been collecting wound care and other medical supplies but after being a Paramedic for many years I know I have only enough at this point to care for about a half dozen severely injured people. What I am looking for in this thread is to kick around ideas, scenerios, and even post links to suppliers where medical supplies are available. I have my sources within my agencies suppliers but sometimes you end up paying more than you could if other suplpiers were available. I know many of you have military experience and others have LE experience. Throw your $.02 in as well. Maybe it wont be your life you save but with good information, maybe we could save someone elses life in a bad situation. So, lets kick this around for a bit and see where it goes.