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The Basics: Personal Protection (Medical) and Communication
Essential Medical Supplies Everyone Should Have

 

Welcome to my guide to survival-medicine supplies. Here are the types of supplies I think you should have and why I believe they’re important.

(I get a small percentage of the items you buy via this survival store. I’m not guaranteeing the quality of any of the products. They’re just the type I would pick if I were buying—and often I am.)


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Gloves:
Dishwashing and vinyl, large or extra-large

Gloves help protect you from bodily fluids and chemicals. Consider keeping exam gloves and dishwashing gloves.

Vinyl exam gloves (left: large, right: extra-large) don’t contain latex, which some people are allergic to. (You can also get latex exam gloves.) When choosing a size, it’s better to get them a little big than too small. Dishwashing gloves (right) provide more protection (they’re longer) but may hamper fine handwork and contain latex.

Tip: If you don’t have any gloves, you can make a barrier by putting your hands in any type of clean plastic, though this will obviously impair your dexterity quite a bit.


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Masks:
N95 and surgical

Right: N95 masks filter 95 percent of airborne particles and are your best bet for protection against germs. You must have the correct size, and the mask must be airtight. Many people can’t use it that way for more than a few minutes at a time. I’d get a minimum of a two per person (in case one wears out or gets dirty). Left: If someone gets sick, they can wear a surgical or dust mask, if it doesn’t impair breathing, to prevent spreading the disease. These masks are more tolerable than N95 masks.

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Goggles and Side Shields

These keep not only particles out of your eyes but also liquids, so they’re good to use when treating bleeding emergencies. For either purpose, regular glasses help, but you’d be surprised what can slip around them, especially if you are going to be drilling, grinding, or sawing.

Left: Anti-fog goggles Middle: Side shields for small to medium glasses. Right: Side shields for medium to large glasses.

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Hand-Crank Radio

Take your pick on the type. Newer versions give you the option of solar charging and charging your cellphone also. Consider keeping it in a Faraday-type cage (perhaps a worn-out microwave oven?), which conducts electricity and shields electronics from being fried by something like a large electromagnetic pulse from an atomic bomb or the sun.

 

 

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