Large Medical Kit

This list may seem extreme, but is designed for a well trained person in a worst case scenario. Even though it is a long list, it all packs down. Mine, which has a similar content, packs into two medium size nylon multi-compartment bags and a Plano rigid 747 box. I haven’t included descriptions of what specific items are, on the assumption that if you don’t know what it is, you shouldn’t have it or try to use it.

General

  • Large gauze dressings
  • Sm gauze squares
  • Combat dressings
  • Petroleum gauze
  • Plastic bags
  • Band-Aids – assorted sizes and shapes
  • Elastoplast dressing
  • Steristrips – assorted sizes
  • Tincture of Benzoin
  • Roller (elasticated + cotton) bandages (2in/4in/6in)
  • Triangular bandages
  • Safety pins
  • Cotton buds
  • Paper tape (1/2 in/1in)
  • Sleek tape (1/2in/1in)
  • Oropharyngeal airways
  • Resuscitation face mask with one way valve
  • BP cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Otoscope
  • Sm Torch (flash light)
  • Thermometer (rectal for children)
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Space blanket
  • Air splints (arm/long-leg/short-leg)
  • SAM splints
  • Plaster of Paris (or fiberglass) roller bandages (4in/6in)
  • Multidip. urine test strips
  • Pregnancy test kits
  • Sterile and unsterile latex gloves
  • Scrub Suits
  • Fluroscene eye strips
  • Eye patches
  • Sm eye magnet (for FB’s)
  • Snake bite kit (for those of you unlucky enough to have them :-))
    The Sayer suction kit is recommended. It is slightly more expensive, but I understand more effective in removing venom. I refer you here to the excellent rec.backcountry FAQ on Snake Bites

IV Kit

  • Normal Saline
  • Haemaccel or Pentaspan (a colloid resuscitation fluid)
  • IV giving sets – maxisets + standard sets
  • Blood collection bags + filter giving sets
  • Syringes 2/5/10/20 ml
  • Needles 20/22/24 g
  • IV cannulas 16/20/24g
  • Spinal needles 22g
  • Leur locks/Heparin locks
  • Tourniquet
  • Alcohol Wipes

Surgical Kit

  • Mayo scissors
  • Dissecting forceps
  • Sm curved clamps
  • Sm straight clamps
  • Lg curved clamps
  • Scalpel Handle + Blades (size 11,12,15) or disposable scalpels
  • Sm Bone Saw
  • LIft Out obstetric forceps
  • Emergency Obstetric Kit (includes cord clamps, bulb suction etc.)
  • Suture Material
    • Vicryl 0/,2/0
    • Chromic 0/,2/0
    • Dermalon 0/, 2/0 Surgical stapler and remover
  • Hemilich flutter valve
  • Penrose drains
  • Foley Urethral Catheters
  • Urine Bags
  • N-G tubes + spigots

Dental KIt

  • Oil of cloves
  • Zinc Oxide paste
  • Dental mirror
  • Sharp probe
  • Compactor
  • Extraction forceps

Medications

  • Povidone – Iodine Prep
  • antiseptic skin prep
  • Alcohol prep
  • antiseptic skin prep
  • Chlorhexidine and cetrimide
  • antiseptic handwash
  • Benalkium Chloride
  • antirabies skin wash
  • Antibacterial Soap
  • Paracetamol oral
  • mild analgesic
  • Aspirin oral
  • wonder drug
  • Diclophenic oral
  • mod analgesic (nsaid)
  • Morphine iv/im/sc
  • strong analgesic
  • Narloxone iv
  • antagonist to morphine
  • Ketamine iv/im
  • iv anesthetic
  • Diazepam iv
  • hypnotic/sedative
  • Atropine iv
  • pre-med/poison anti
  • Lignocaine top/spinal
  • local anesthetic
  • Metoclopramide iv/im
  • anti-emetic
  • Augmentin oral/iv
  • penicillin antibiotic
  • Metronidazole oral
  • anaerobic antibiotic
  • Cefaclor oral
  • cephalsporin
  • Ceftriaxone iv
  • cephalsporin
  • Ciprofloxacin oral
  • quinolone antibiotic
  • Mebendazole oral
  • antiparasitic
  • Clotrimoxazole top
  • anti-fungal
  • Adrenaline iv/im
  • (USA = Epinephrine)
  • Salbutamol inhaler
  • asthma/anaphylaxis
  • Rehydration formula
  • dehydration
  • Benedryl &/or Claratyne oral
  • antihistamine (short and long acting)
  • OTC Cough surpressent
  • Betnesol oral
  • steroid
  • Hydrocortisone iv/cream
  • steroid
  • Loperamide oral
  • antidiarrhoeal
  • Ergometrine &/or Oxytocin im/iv
  • ecbolic for PPH
  • Neomycin eye drop
  • antibiotic eye drops
  • Pilocaine eye drops
  • local anesthetic
  • Starr Otic Drops
  • antibiotic ear drops
  • Mupirocin (Bactroban) top
  • topical antibacterial cream
  • Gamma Benzene Hexchloride top
  • for scabies and lice
  • Water for injection/normal saline for injection
  • Oral Contraceptive Pills
  • Condoms/Cervical Caps/Diaphragms