A reader asks:
My wife and I have been prepping for almost a couple of years now. She is a nephrologist and I am a PA though I am no longer practicing except in the stay-at-home-parent capacity.
We have discussed several times how we need to put together a medical kit in our preps but we have some questions about how to do so. She joined an established practice and doesn’t know how to order anything independent of her office and I certainly don’t know either. We would like to order our medical preps discreetly and would also like some ideas on what we should order. Currently we are armed with the basic first aid kit and feel woefully under dressed.
Could you suggest for us what to purchase, including medications both oral and IM, and where we could purchase it off-the-radar?
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Excellent question. Employed physicians not accustomed to ordering their own medical supplies probably don’t have an account with one of the national medical supply houses – though you could do so. My favorites are Henry Schein and Moore Medical, though there are many others. Some will allow non-professionals to order as well, although products requiring a prescription can only be ordered by licensed professionals.
Also, it’s surprising what you can find on Amazon and eBay. Urine test strips, diabetic testing supplies without a prescription, Vacutainer tubes and needles, infusions sets, normal saline, suture material, and much more.
In one of the appendices in my book, Armageddon Medicine, How to be Your Own Doctor in 2012 and Beyond, I offer detailed suggestions for home, community, and professional medical kits.