When it comes to an emergency situation, chances are you will have very little or no time to think it through. It’s up to your gut response to react to an emergency situation.
Although seemingly simple, these 5 items may just save someone’s life in an emergency situation.
Bad wounds – laceration, impaled wood, and a bullet. All are serious, and each of them will require immediate medical attention. The problem is you may not have the time to wait until trained personnel reach you, and (in the case of a SHTF event) they may never reach you. But maybe you have these, for starters:
1. Outdoor Wound Care Kit: with Celox, made by Total Resources, Int’l, accessible via totalresourcesintl.com. The Celox clots the blood within 60 seconds. The whole kit is about $8.00 at Wal-Mart. Great for bullet wounds and lacerations…. think “Stop Gap,” and stop that bleeding, while you’re sealing up the gaps. The
2. Army Field Dressing: Seriously, this one is a good one that you really need to pick up. It’s listed as Dressing, First Aid, Field, Camouflaged, 4” x 6 ¼ to 7 ¼ inches NSN 6510-00-159-4883. It has its own “tails” to tie it off and bind up that wound.
3. Fish Mox Forte: Fish Amoxicillin, comes in 500 mg capsules of 100 per bottle at about $40 per bottle. Good to throw a course of antibiotics on immediately when faced with a dirty wound.
4. Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak: This electrolyte made by Trace Minerals Research is a type of ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) that you mix with about 6 ounces of water. Provides all of your electrolytes, such as Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium. If you’re conscious, you can drink fluids with any of the above examples, and if so, these packets will give you a super-helping of electrolytes, as well as other essential minerals you need.
5. St. John’s Wort: available at Wal-Mart under Spring Valley Brand, 300 mg capsules with 150 capsules per bottle, at about $8.00 apiece. St. John’s Wort is great for dealing with depression and stress. It is also a powerful antibiotic that is effective against bacteria and viruses. Take some according to the directions on the package.
To summarize, these are a few things you can tote around with you in a jacket or cargo pocket that will give you an immediate edge when a situation arises that calls for you to work on it immediately. Spread it out and make kits as such for your family. Remember: when something happens to them and you’re working on the problem, use their stuff…your stuff is for you, and if you “go down,” they can go to it and treat your problem…with your supplies. Stay ready and rock steady!
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