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Tomorrow,  I am taking an inventory of our medical kit.  When I originally started making it I used a list from a EMT kit. Then added things that we normally use.  I have some items that our dog might need.

I been adding herbs and essential oils to it.

Any suggestion on must have items?

This is from a refill kit from Ebay though it may not have some needed items:

 
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The only thing I see missing in that kit is the ambulance itself. (LOL)

Holy crap, in three houses and being married to a nurse, I do not have half that stuff.

But I admit I am pretty terrible when it comes to emergency stuff. I try to keep some packets of sugar in my lunch pail in case I cut myself logging and need to clot a wound in a hurry. I did do that once, and you know what they say about emergencies, you always prepare for the previous ones you have. I always figured if I get cut far worse than what a few sugar packets can help with, well I am in a world of hurt anyway, and probably will not make it out of the wood alive anyway.

But I am not too bad. The ambulance is only about a half hour away.
 
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Here are a few worth adding if you don't already have them.

Do you have any cyanoacrylate?  Also known as superglue.  I use it in place of stitches.  You need to get the bleeding to stop first, and then seal the skin together.  The wounds heal nicely and the scars are smaller.

Do you have blood clot packs?  I have read that cayenne is good for clotting blood, I've never used it I've only read about it.

Is there a tourniquet in there?

3M vetrap is very handy.
 
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I second the vet wrap. We've used it several times. I find that it works much better than that white first-aid tape. That stuff comes off so fast on me. And the vet wrap is much more comfortable than duct tape.
 
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Loose leaf Black tea. It can stop bleeding and I think there is something in black tea that can help with diarrhea but I may be wrong. I would add a big box of gloves. Make sure to try the gloves out first to see if they work well.
 
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My experience on the farm, you need stuff for splinters, burns, cuts and scrapes, and hopefully never the OHSH!T trauma stuff (quick clot and turniquet). I always carry tweezer, and quick clot and turniquet is in the chainsaw box.

Vet wrap is insanely useful and way cheaper than the human medical version. And lots of gauze.  It is insane the amount of gauze you go through for treating a burn.

Find good burn and wound salves. Several natural versions available.
 
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I always carry a tourniquet and haemostatic or combat gauze.
Cutting myself with a chainsaw or getting shot by some moron while hunting are my biggest fears.
I'll happily cut up my shirts for anything less serious.
 
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Drew Moffatt wrote:Cutting myself with a chainsaw or getting shot by some moron while hunting are my biggest fears.



I have been bit by a chainsaw a few times: chin, thigh and then forehead. But my Great Great Grandfather was killed by some hunter. It is interesting to note that my wife's cousin just got out of prison in New Hampshire for accidentally, but fatally, shooting a guy while hunting, so all that stuff does happen.
 
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A couple of other things that staunch blood loss/ promote clotting include cayenne (sounds like a scary thing to pour into an open wound, but it's not terrible, and it works), and yarrow - be careful to thoroughly clean the wound first, though, as it can start the healing process so fast that if not well cleaned, it can actually trap the bacteria inside!
 
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Great suggestions everyone!

I planted yarrow to use as a blood stop though it didn't like it here and finally gave up last year.  Thought it was a tall plant not the tiny thing that grew.

Dear hubby is on blood thinners so I have everything I can find, lots of tea bags.

Our daughter is a Vet pharmaceutical rep and I have lots of wrap though I am not sure what it is for, maybe horses?  I like the kind they use at the doctors office, maybe it is called sports wrap?  Stick to itself. And lots of gloves.

I put super glue on the list along with some other stuff.
 
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We have a whole lot of animal first aid stuff and only band aids and neosporin for us.

Super glue is a must have. We've super glued quite a few injuries that would have required stitches.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:Great suggestions everyone!

I planted yarrow to use as a blood stop though it didn't like it here and finally gave up last year.  Thought it was a tall plant not the tiny thing that grew.

Dear hubby is on blood thinners so I have everything I can find, lots of tea bags.

Our daughter is a Vet pharmaceutical rep and I have lots of wrap though I am not sure what it is for, maybe horses?  I like the kind they use at the doctors office, maybe it is called sports wrap?  Stick to itself. And lots of gloves.

I put super glue on the list along with some other stuff.



Oh, someone already recommended. Nvm my post then!
 
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