Updated Medical Supply List for Your Home or BOL

Here is a list of First Aid supplies for your home or BOL.  Remember the best first aid kit is only as good as the person using it.  Take at least the red Cross Advanced First Aid and CPR courses, but get all the training you can.

Find a good box or bag in which to store the supplies. Keep your supplies cool and dry. Inspect your kit yearly, things like adhesive tape have a shelf life as well as the over the counter medicines.  That does not mean that when the shelf life dates shows up you automatically throw out an item, just evaluate it.

  • Abdominal pad 5″ x 9″, minimum of to stop or control bleeding
  • Absorbent gauze pads 2×2, 4×4, to stop or control bleeding and dress wounds
  • Ace type roll compression bandage – for sprains and strains.
  • Adhesive tape (1/2”, 1” and 2”) to dress wounds
  • Airway, pharyngeal, plastic, adult, and child sizes
  • Antiseptic, such as Betadine
  • Assorted Band-aids, various types and sizes – to dress minor wounds
  • Bandage roller, assorted sizes, to dress wounds
  • Blade, surgical knife, sizes 10, 11 and 15, one-half dozen each minimum
  • Blood stopper kit, Quik Clot or Celox
  • Books, Red Cross Advanced First Aid Manual, any other good medical books you can get, also books on the medicinal use of herbs.
  • Burn Dressings by Burnfree
  • Butterfly bandages, various sizes to close wounds
  • Cotton, absorbent, sterile, for cleaning wounds, applying saves and ointments
  • Cotton tipped swabs, for cleaning wounds, applying saves and ointments
  • CPR mask, to protect against disease transmission
  • Duct tape can be of get help in stabilizing injuries, if you have to move someone.
  • Ear syringe, clean debris from ear canals
  • Eye pads, to dress eye injuries
  • Forceps, 6” assorted, both straight and curved
  • Handle, scalpel #3, for detachable surgical knife blades
  • Hemostats/Forceps, for closing major blood vessels or aid in suturing
  • Gloves, disposable vinyl, nitrile or latex gloves, to protect against contamination and pathogens minimum of one box
  • Israeli battle dressings both 4 and 6 inches.
  • Masks the minimum level of respiratory protection is a surgical mask or preferably an N95 respirator.
  • Multi Trauma dressing, 12″ x 30″, to dress wounds
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Roller gauze 1” and 2”, to dress wounds
  • Safety pins, for use with triangular bandage
  • Scissors, bandage and straight, to remove clothing or cut dressings
  • Sphygmomanometer, aneroid (blood pressure cuff)
  • Splints 36″ SAM Splints plus two 4″ rolls of cohesive wrap for each.  Check your local animal feed and supply, they sell this for use on horses.
  • Sponges 4″ X 4″ Sterile, to dress wounds
  • Stethoscope, to hear chest or heart sounds
  • Surgical soap, for cleaning wounds and hands after treatment
  • Syringes 60 cc, no needle, for irrigating wounds
  • Sutures, assorted, to close wounds, should only be used by experienced medical personnel.
  • Suture holder
  • Thermometer, old style mercury thermometers, both oral and rectal
  • Tongue depressors, examine throat or finger splints
  • Tourniquet, to stop bleeding
  • Triangular bandage 40″ x 40″ x 56” for immobilization of dislocations and fractures
  • Tweezers, remove splinters

Non-prescription medication

  • Alcohol, rubbing
  • Antacid
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Aspirin, Tylenol or Excedrin
  • Baking soda
  • Calamine lotion, poison ivory or oak
  • Eyewash, clean objects from eye
  • Gatorade powder, used for dehydration
  • Hydrocortisone ointment, for itching, stings and other irritations
  • Hydrogen peroxide, to clean wounds
  • First Aid cream
  • Laxative such as Senekot
  • Multi-vitamin and vitamin C
  • Salt to make rehydration mixtures
  • Sunscreen

Prescription medications you need.  Consult your own doctor or pharmacist.  Antibiotics if available, consider veterinarian supplies under extreme conditions.

The quantities of supplies will have to be determined by you and will depend on the size of your group.  Remember that in a serious injury you will use more dressings that you ever expect.  Don’t shortchange yourself on supplies.



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3 Responses to Updated Medical Supply List for Your Home or BOL

  1. Common Sense says:

    I agree with the best before dates. Companies are required to put expiry dates on all medical and ingestable items. However, if your dressings have been sitting untouched in a clean and dry environment, they are still good enough for a severe bleed.

    I also recommend a Wilderness First Responder course (WFR) to round out emergency medical training. Generally they don’t go as in depth as suturing, however in an emergency anywhere can become “wilderness”.

    Remember that almost all available first aid courses will end practice scenarios with “then get to medical attention” or “call an ambulance”- in the back of your mind you have to think about what to do if one is not coming.

  2. Art says:

    There are several good sources for buying medicine online. One for buying pet antibiotics that can be used for humans in an emergency and provides very good customer service is California Vet Supply http://www.calvetsupply.com/. You can also buy syringes and other supplies there. A source for IV supplies and burn creams is Atlantic Medical Supply, also good customer service http://www.atlanticmedsupply.com/. A pharmacy located in India that we have been ordering from for about five years is buy-pharma which is located in India http://www.buy-pharma.com. The high blood pressure pills that Walmart fills my prescription with are made in India and distributed by Walmart Bentonville AR. Buy- Pharma has very good customer service. They do not sell any controlled substances like pain pills or anything illegal so don’t bother to go there if your looking for those items. I provide these companies names because I have personally dealt with each one and have had very good results.
    A couple of free medical books I recommend are the Primary Surgery Series. Volume 2 of the series is available for free download at http://www.primary-surgery.org/ps/vol2/html/index.html. Other volumes are available also just search on google. There are three volumes to the set.
    One other book is Wounds and Lacerations which is available for free download at http://www.ebook3000.com/Wounds-and-Lacerations–Emergency-Care-and-Closure–4th-edition_177840.html. Probably the best book I have seen for burns, lacerations and abscesses. If your family or group is depending on you to provide medical care in the event that it is not available then do your homework, have the knowledge, supplies and will to do what is necessary to save a persons life.

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