Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Medical Kit Must Haves




I've wanted to put together a formal medical kit for a while but need to really sit down and make list of what I need in order to make one trip to gather it all.

I've thought about buying this, this or this... so that I have something all in one spot but never have pulled the trigger.

I have a Tupperware with basic things-
Standing wraps
Bandages
Vet wrap
Bag balm
Poultice
Linament
Bedadine
Gauze pads
Cotton roll
Bute
Scissors
Epson salt
Petroleum jelly
Thermometer
Wound kote
Wound treatment
Liquid freeze

So what do you all keep on hand?

I know my trainer has all sorts of stuff too but I like to be prepared with my own stuff if possible :)

36 comments:

  1. Great post! I need to get some of these things. What about duct tape, diapers and icthamol in case of hoof abscesses?

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  2. Good list! My medical kit is severely lacking. . .

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    1. I feel like i should have more! :)

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  3. Just the other day I started putting things in our new medical kit, and realized we need more things in there! We have a big plastic tool box that we use for ours.
    In our medical kit we have a stethoscope, vet wrap, stuff to put on wounds, diapers, Epsom salts, cold packs, thermometer, gloves, gauze, syringes and needles, and then we keep our tranquilizer and banamine in there in addition to Ulcergard, bute and Quietex. I also have stuff for people because I don't know about you, but I get hurt a lot around horses so I have bandages, antiseptic, Tylenol etc. I also want to get a stainless steel bucket that is only used for vetting. We keep Also LOTS of stuff can be picked up at the dollar store, like gloves, gauze, diapers etc.
    It helps us to be friends with a lot of large animal vets, because they always have great ideas of what to put in there! I'm lucky that my husband is a large animal pharmaceutical rep and deals with veterinarians every day, and I spend so much money on vet bills they love me at the clinic ;-)

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    1. Couldn't think of the name, until right now. We also have iodine, and hydrogen peroxide on hand.

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    2. Oh that is WAY nice that hubby is a rep!!!

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  4. Those are great stuff to have around. Maybe you could add antiseptic scrub to disinfect wounds? And what about having your vet's number on the bag so a friend at the barn can call if you are not there?

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    1. I think Bedadine is an antiseptic scrub, maybe?

      All of the important numbers are on a card by his stall- vet, shoer, trainer, me, hubby :)

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    2. Yes Betadine is an antiseptic scrub. :) That's what doctors use to clean with before surgery.

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    3. Thats what I thought.. made me second guess myself lol

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  5. Mine is pretty basic right now, but I have vet wrap, iodine, ace, bute paste, thermometer, ky jelly, alushield spray, wound ointment, swat ointment, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few things.

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  6. I need to be at a computer to compile this list!

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    1. Give me your list girl!! I know you have a mini infirmary over there! :)

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  7. I don't have a designated "kit" per say, but there are certainly things that I consider "go to-s" for medical things. And while some people have a zillion products, and I could justify a reason for each product, I would say I always return to the same tried and true items.

    - Paper towels
    - Rubber gloves
    - Poultice
    - Betadine
    - Gauze Pads
    - Duct Tape
    - Vet wrap
    - Furazone
    - Aluspray

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    1. I will have to check out the Aluspray. Is it like the Blue Kote stuff?

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  8. FYI I am taking my old EMT 'jump bag'; and retrofitting it with barn human first aid stuff so we have some supplies for us too :)

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    1. Oh that is a great idea!! So smart :)

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  9. Banamine paste and Dexamethasone (for allergic reactions), vet prescription required

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    1. Oh good idea!! One time Henry rolled in some prickle bushes and had a CRAZY allergic reaction and FREAKED me out!

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  10. Dex (pills), Banamine (paste and injectable), and Bute (paste and pills). Cholorahex for wound scrubbing - it's way safer than Betadine, does not sting, and disinfects w/out killing the healthy cells or drying the skin. Sterile sponges, ultra fine clipper blades, nonstick gauze of varying sizes, tons of vetwrap. Dermagel and Silvadene - these are both human-grade wound treatment creams and they are worth every penny. I don't even bother with any of the horse ones any more. Duct tape is a must. Tweezers (for picking stuff out of wounds). And of course, human band-aids. ;)

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  11. Hmmm... I feel like I have 85% of this stuff... Except it's AAALLL over the place. Must get a bag!

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    1. Haha you need a bag or box to make it all pretty in :)

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  12. great to think about. It's good to review it once per year. I don't have a 'kit' but I have a cupboard and one of those plastic 3 drawer dressers from Wal Mart. Anyway I have:
    - vet wrap
    -max pads (make great bandages)
    -saline spray to clean wounds
    -furacen, blue spray (forget what it's called)
    -wraps
    -horse boots
    -banamine
    -bute
    -scissors, tape etc
    -witch hazel (great for bug bites/stings)
    -rubbing alcohol
    -thermometer
    -stethoscope (yes, really. I got it at a conference and put it in my kit)

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    1. Nice sounds like you have a good organized medical area :)

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  13. Every time I read anything about first aid kits I hear of something else I don't have or haven't though of before. My med kit is fairly basic but at least for now I know that my trainer has most everything on hand I would need in a true emergency. I try to add a little at a time though b/c it can be overwhelming!

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    1. Yeah i know my trainer has stuff too which is peace of mind :)

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  14. Great post!
    Mine is seriously lacking, I bought the Horseware First Aid kit last year and have leftover vet supplies from previous injuries although *knock-on-wood* we haven't had any injuries for a while so the equipalazone stuff is prob out of date!

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    1. Oh the Horseware kit sounds like a great thing to have in case - better then nothing!!!

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  16. Email me when you make your trip!!! I want to make a medical kit too!!!

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