Medical preparedness is often discounted and overlooked by preppers. Band aids, cough medicine and bandages are just not as appealing as the latest “tacti-cool” AR or pistol. Regardless, there are many – including me – that believe medical preparedness ranks very high on the list of supplies, and skills, to put back. Thus the reason for Medical Week.
A few years ago I watched a docudrama on TV that had a family trying to escape a city due to a pandemic. The family survived for a period of time however the husband ended up dying in the end. From what? A small cut that became infected and with no antibiotics spread quickly and eventually led to his death. Yes it is a TV show but the very same thing WILL occur if modern medical treatments become unavailable.
That is unless you prepare for it.
#5. Fully Stocked First Aid Kit – I am not referring to a $10 kit you get at Wally-World. This should be a complete kit with lots of band-aids, gauze, as well as a variety of medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen. This is a general purpose kit and provide for a variety of non-emergency needs.
NOTE: Regardless of the kit place extra triple antibiotic ointment, anti-diarrheal, ibuprofen, Benadryl, hydrocortisone cream, etc.
#4. Multi-symptom Cold/Flu Medicine – A variety cold and flu medicines should be put back. Imagine the kids catching something and generating bad coughs and all you can say it…“It will pass with some time.” These medicines could be a huge morale booster as symptoms improve. Sore throats and stuffed up nasal passages are more than just a nuisance – they are distracting. That distraction could be a huge problem for someone hunting or on patrol.
#3. Compression Bandages – Compression bandages have a multitude of uses but are especially useful for controlling bleeding.
#2. Antibiotics – Common infections could result in death if it wasn’t for modern antibiotics. Stocking up on fish antibiotics and when printing usage guides from drugs.com is relatively inexpensive.
#1. Medical Necessity Prescriptions – There is not much use of storing food and water to survive an extended period of time and then keel over due to not having filled your latest prescription. I know it can be tough to just buy extra meds as doctors and pharmacies are very controlling over dosages and amounts prescribed. There are ways to accomplish putting back extra meds for when a time arrives when access to getting scripts filled is unavailable.
I am not a doctor and I suggest you DO NOT take my advice when it comes to medical issues. With that said depending on what the meds are for it is not uncommon for people to stock up by either skipping a dose – or reducing the dose by 24% – 50%. If this is done periodically over time it can add up to having weeks or months of extra medications put back.
If you have an understanding doctor and you tell him that you are struggling to pay for the meds he may overwrite the prescription by a certain amount to give you a larger supply for the same money.
When it comes to medical supplies – such as syringes – multiple uses are possible. OK – don’t freak out on me the reality is if things are kept sterile some items can be used more than once. In the case of a syringe each time the needle penetrates the skin it become less sharp. Each subsequent use causes more damage on the insert and thus more painful as well as opportunity for an infection. Using a needle twice instead of once could provide an opportunity to stockpile. I’ll say it again – I am not a doctor and I urge you not to accept any medical advice from me. Make your own decisions.