There isn’t a store in any mall in any town I know of that sells just to preppers. Those prepper tailored stores are pretty much all online… or in Utah. If you want medical supplies and you don’t want to order it online… read on. Or Let’s say the crap is hitting the fan or about to. You can’t wait for UPS to delivery and store shelves are going to empty of food, water, and medical supplies quickly.
There are going to be some products that you would not think of as medical equipment lurking in some of the most unlikely places. Maybe they are already in your house. The point is that you can probably save money by knowing some of these things are marketed and sold differently but are essentially the same product. So sometimes the “medical” equipment is cheaper… most of the time it is more expensive. But shop around to get your best prices.
Dog Training Pads=Chux Pads
When I was a kid when you had to potty train a dog you kept them in the bathroom and covered it with Newspaper. Now we don’t have newspapers anymore and they these dog training pads. Guess what. They are the same pads used in hospitals to absorb bodily fluids. They are the same price as chux pads but they are more widely available.
Chux Pads are useful if you are doing any medical procedure involving bodily fluids. Initiating an IV for example. You might want to throw down a chux pad.
Hemostats… are sold as Hemostats.
You can buy hemostats used for suturing in the fishing or automotive sections. In fact I bet you that if you are a fisherman you probably already have them.
Horse Wrap Tape=Coban
Coban is the miracle medical item. It is like Ace Wrap… but way better. It self adheres to itself. It so freaking useful. Guess what. Horse Wrap is the EXACT same thing that is used on humans. Made by the same company to… Only it is a fraction of the price.
Not going to talk about it… Google and Youtube your answers on this one. I am not going to advocate using Fish Antibiotics for anything other than to treat Nemo. Sorry I am not touching it with a 10 foot pole. Is it the same? Well if you buy your Fish Antibiotics and check out the Drugs.com Pill Identifier. Each pill is marked… If those markings are identical to the markings on the human drugs it will come up with the drug in question. You can’t typically pick these up at Petsmart… I tried. You would have to look up fish pet stores in your area and call them and see if they have this.
Nitrile Gloves=Medical Exam Gloves
They are often found automotive and hardware stores. These have plenty of improvised uses.
Multipurpose Shears=Trauma Shears
You can find trauma shears sold in Harbor Freight, grocery stores, and hardware stores. They are those angled no pointed heavy duty scissors. Those are the scissors uses to cut off someones clothing. They are used because they have like zero chance of cutting the patient but like 100% chance of cutting through their clothing.
painting masks=surgical masks.
I have done demolition work during disasters. It is pretty much the same mask I used working in an ER. You want to get the N95 or better masks for your family when dealing with biological pathogens. The masks they use for painting, sanding, or anything else are pretty much the masks you want to put on people if some highly contagious pathogen is being spread around.
What do I need to say here… You already know this. I prefer the small individual sizes because really I am that idiot who messes up the bottle after one use anyway.
People think oh… Duct tape will fix everything. Sure… I have duct tape in my trauma bag. For the first time you get hurt. If you need your bandage changed daily… Your skin will not be able to handle duct tape being ripped off your skin day after day. It just won’t. Masking tape or that blue painters tape doesn’t have as strong adhesive. So for long term wound care if you don’t have the fancy post surgical paper tape… work with what you have.