I just finished watching a review copy of the video set “Mastering Your Med Kit” created by The Prepper Project.
I will confess, both my daughter and I are first-aid kit fanatics. We love them. All the bandages, tweezers, splits, bits, and pieces. We have fun organizing it all into various pockets and pouches.
And we use our medical kit a lot too. Our family plays really rough on trips and vacations – at least one person getting sick or injured is an everyday thing.
My daughter and I also like cutting up a piece of chicken just to suture it back together again. *Uh, we don’t serve it to the family at dinner like that… LOL). The skill has come in handy when I got to stitch up a neighbors dog. It wasn’t a big emergency, but sure saved the time and expense of a vet bill.
From my experience, most medical kits on the market are only focused on superficial first aid.
Or if they do have more in-depth items, the assumption is that you’ll be getting to a hospital pretty quickly. FEMA, Red Cross, and even Wilderness First Aid trainings (all of which i have completed) assume you are going to get the person to a medical treatment center fairly quickly.
The “Mastering Your Med Kit” video is not focused on everyday type issues – like headaches or bug bites. It is for worst case, disaster stuff. It is primarily for the “when there is no doctor” kind of situation.
It is the kind of information that as a prepper, you really want to know.
If you already have a good stash of supplies and some training then I do not recommend the video set or kit. Or, if you are on a severe budget and a true DIY’er, then steer clear.
But if you are starting from ground zero with no supplies and no training, and you want to get the security of some basic skills and a good assortment of supplies, then this is an excellent place to start.
I know that skills trump stuff any day. And, I am still a big believer in having the medical supplies around even if I don’t completely know how to use them. There are lots of people with medical training. Having the supplies will probably be the bigger issue.
Even if no one is there and it’s just me – I could probably do well enough on my own. But I sure what to have the right equipment and some good references.
The DVD starts out by showing you an example of a good prepper medical kit that has a lot of the pieces you’ll need for major traumas that are likely to arise. Things like major wounds, excessive bleeding, broken bones, burns, eye problems, and even tooth injuries.
The video takes you through each piece of the kit and shows you how to use it. Dr. David Pruett is a board certified physician that guides us through the video, and we learn as Dr. Pruett shows student Chet Womach each piece and how to use it. You may have met Dr. Pruett at a prepper expo where he teaches suturing classes. He is a well known medical expert in the preparedness community.
This is serious disaster medicine. And, Dr. Pruett is careful to show you medical techniques that you can actually learn – without having to get a medical degree.
The set also comes with a video showing you how to suture wounds, and a suture pack for you to practice with.
Now I told you right up front that I am a med kit fanatic. This is a good solid product and I went ahead and purchased the the full medical set they offer. One thing I know I’ll get out of it is my daughter and I will love playing with it! Its a great way to keep us both empowered that we can handle whatever comes our way.
If you are a prepper with no medical training, and no medical supplies on hand, and you want to remedy that situation quickly – then this DVD set and the kit will get you started and give you a good foundation.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.