Tuesday, April 6, 2021
One of the problems in stocking supplies for an uncertain future is that
we just have absolutely no idea how much we really need. We have no
familiarity with common needs, with what is usual in any given
population. i’m sure that’s about as clear as mud, so perhaps an
example will help.
if i were to store sterile gauze of any size for future needs based on
what i have used on myself in the past 45 years (i’ll let my parents
cover the first eight years of my life) and what i have used on my
children over the past 29 years, i’d store maybe one box of 25 if i were
going really over the top. i’ve never used any on the kids, and
probably went through half a box when i took off the end of my right
pinkie seven years ago. We’re generally pretty careful people around
And caring for my daughter’s angora rabbit who lost the skin on his foot
has shown us how very quickly supplies can be exhausted. Fortunately,
he’s small, so the aCTual expense is minimal, but the frequent dressing
changes add up, and they’re going to add up a lot more quickly in a
person who’s 20 times the size of the rabbit.
When you go to purchase these supplies, if you’re just going to Walmart
or CVS, you won’t have a lot of decisions to make. But if you’re going
with Amazon (not necessarily the best idea) or ShopMedVet (great idea if
you’re buying a lot) you’ll see you have a lot of options. One is
going to be the number of plies in the gauze. The thicker, the better,
and the generally more expensive. Sterile of course will be more
expensive, but that’s what you want. Most are aware that you don’t want
to buy cheap Band-aids, unless you have small children who need them
for invisible boo-boos. Real Band-Aids have better adhesive.
You may wish to consider having some rayon gauze. if, or when, the
situation becomes really dicey, rayon gauze can be re-used and would be the
gauze to use if you are soaking up blood to re-infuse into a patient.
Rayon gauze is sturdier so it can be wrung out and washed out and
autoclaved (sterilized) a few times, whereas the usual cotton gauze will
not withstand that kind of abuse.
So very true. Work gloves could turn out to be a good barter item.
Butterfly Stitches are also another good item to have on hand. My wife takes a steroid pill for the past 57 years(keeps her alive). As a result her skin is like wet rice paper. She bruises very easily and a simple scratch turns into a bloody mess. Over the years i’ve gotten very good with butterfly stitches.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021