First Aid is one area where I’ve always felt a little under-prepared. I’ve kept my First Aid preps pretty basic – stocking up on the obvious items. Even the First Aid Kit I outline in my book is pretty basic. I’ve never really owned a First Aid kit that has given me some serious peace of mind – especially if in a Bug Out or Disaster Survival Scenario. Well… that all changed a couple weeks ago when I got my hands on a MedCallKit by MedCallAssist.com.
This kit has taken my First Aid preps (as well as my confidence to deal with more complicated first aid related issues) to new heights – so much so that I felt it deserved a review post here on the blog. I’ve made a few failed attempts in the past to build my own true disaster first aid kit. It seems most of the items beyond basic over the counter bandages, meds and ointments are either prescription or are difficult to find. These hurdles have always prevented me from completing a kit that I can be really proud of. The MedCallKit is the solution I’ve been looking for.
First of all, this kit is more than just a First Aid Kit. The word “CALL” in the name is there for a reason. When you buy one of these kits you are able to call a physician 24 hours a day to obtain instruction on use of the contents of the kit at no additional charge. Ever wish you could pick up the phone and ask a doctor a first aid question? I’ve never heard of this kind of feature with any first aid kit I’ve ever seen. This alone is a value worth more than they are charging for the entire kit. NOTE: After the 1st year of ownership the fee is $100 per year for the phone service.
MedCallAssist is based in Alaska and that’s where they build the kits. Even the Red Bag shown in the photos above are sewn by an Alaska based business just down the street from their business. I love the tag on the bag – it reads “Apocalypse Design – Fairbanks, Alaska”.
The kit isn’t tiny. The case shown above is approximately 14″x14″x8″. It’s way too big to put INTO a Bug Out Bag but makes an excellent stand alone first aid kit to toss in the car or for hunkering down. The case is very sturdy and well made with web handles and a shoulder strap so it’s not hard to imagine carrying it along as well if you had to.
SO WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE KIT?
I thought you’d never ask. Throughout this post I’ll include random photos of the kit contents. Below is a detailed list of items included in this kit. The items highlighted in RED are either prescription items or are otherwise difficult to get your hands on over the counter. NOTE: Some of the items listed below are add-ons to the basic kit which cost extra. If you visit their web-site (given below) you’ll see exactly what I mean.
- Azithromycin 250 mg 1 zpack or 6 pills
- Ciprofloxacin 500 mg 14 tablets
- Sulfamethoxazol/ trimethoprim DS 14 tablets
- Cephalexin 500 mg 28 tablets
- Triple antibiotic ointment Ten individual 1gm packets
- Gentamicin Ophth solution 5 cc 1 tube
- Ibuprofen 400 mgs. 40 tablets
- Acetaminophen 500 mg 40 tablets
- Cimetidine 800 mgs. 10 tablets
- Bismuth tablets 12 tablets
- Tucks hemorrhoidal Ointment One 1 oz tube
- Loperamide 2 mgs (Imodium) 20 Tablets
- Bisacodyl (senna lax tablets) 5 Tablets
- Ondansetron (Zofran) 4 mg One 4mg vial with 6 doses
- Toothache Kit (Red Cross Tooth Ache Kit one step temp tooth filling) 1 tooth ache kit
- Epinephrine 1 mg vial 1 vial with 3 doses
- Safety syringe (Monojet insulin 1cc safety syringes) 2 safety syringes
- Guaifenesin dm One 4 oz bottle
- Tolnaftate cream 1% one 15gm tube
- Throat Lozenges 18 lozenges
- Triamcinolone cream .1% one 15gm tube
- Diphenhydramine 25 mg 15 tablets
- Loratadine D 10 mgs 10 tablets
- Halls cough drops roll- cherry 8 Cough Drops
- Steristrips .5 inch One pack of 6 Steristrips
- Band-Aids assorted One assorted pack of band aids
- Q-tips 20 q-tips
- Tongue depressors 5 tough depressors
- Adaptic type pad 4 Adaptic pads
- Tegaderm type 2X3 Two 2X3 Tegaderm bandage
- 4×4 gauze Ten 4X4 Gauze Pads
- petrolatum gauze 3×9 Two 3X9 Petrolatum Gauze pads
- Paper tape 1″ One roll of 1″ wide paper tape
- Cloth tape 1″ One roll of 1″ wide cloth tape
- Kerlix type roller gauze 4″ One 4″ roll of kerlix gauze
- Ace type wrap 4″ One 4″ wide roll of ace rap
- Safety pins large Five Large Safety Pins
- Z fold hemostatic bandage 1 Zfold hemostatic bandage (quick clot)
- Nonsterile gloves Eight gloves
- Skin stapler 15 shot One skin stapler with 15 staples
- staple remover One skin stapler remover
- Wound glue One tube of wound glue
- splinter forceps One set of splinter forceps
- Iris Scissors One set of iris scissors
- pen light One Pen Light
- lip balm w/ sunblock One tube of lip balm
- spf >30 sunblock Four Packets of sunblock
- magnifying glass One Magnifying Glass
- Nail Clippers One Set of Nail Clippers
- 18g needle One 18g Needle
- Urine Catheter Kit
- Lidocaine 1% 50cc
- Suture Set
- IV Kit (Startkit, 18g Catheter, Admin Set, and 1 Liter Saline)
Some of the items listed above are optional add-ons that are charged on a per item basis, but it’s great to be able to have one source for all of your first aid needs.
Besides having the option of calling a 24 hour physician hot-line, a very thorough booklet is included with first aid instruction about a variety of topics that include: INFECTION, DENTAL EMERGENCIES, SKIN STAPLING, DOSES FOR ANTIBIOTICS, and HOW TO ADMINISTER EPINEPHRINE. Just having this kit will encourage you to sign up for an advanced first aid training course in your area. For some of the items I feel like a little training would be a good idea – especially the optional AED (Automatic External Defibrillator).
The question everyone is asking – How much is this MedCallKit?
The base kit is $350. That includes most of the list above and the 24-hour phone consultation option. Some of the other items are optional add-ons. If you are wanting to take your First Aid preps to the next level (like me), I believe this kit is a no-brainer and well worth the $350. You can purchase add-ons at any time and you can also purchase refills on any of the items in the kit if you use them etc… They also take special requests if you are looking for something specific. If you’re not ready to pull the trigger on a kit of this depth or price then at least you now have a good source if you see the need for one at a future date and this one can serve as a great Benchmark to gauge other kits if you decide to shop around. I’ve been in the survival industry for a long time and this is the first First Aid Kit that I’ve seen that really fills the irritating void on my prepper shelf.
A few more thoughts…
Having a First Aid kit of this size and quality makes me really understand why the military has dedicated medics. I guess I’ve really never considered it before. To transport (especially by foot) a full spectrum First Aid Kit + other Bug Out Gear it would be ideal to tap someone in your Bug Out Crew as a dedicated medic. If I had a several person family I think I might consider assigning one of my secondary pack members a ‘medic position’ and transferring the first aid supplies from the MedCallAssist tote into a But Out Back Pack. For now, I’m trying to see how I can work this kit into my own Bug Out Plan. Currently, it will remain a car kit and ‘carry as long as I can’ kit until I figure something else out.
On a side note, I will be adding a handful of high quality N95 masks to this kit.
If anyone decides to order a kit from MedCallAssist, they’ve been kind enough to offer guests of Willowhavenoutdoor.com a 10% discount for a 2 week period. Just use the following code during check-out: creek
I hope this has been an informative and useful review for you. I’m sure MedCallAssist would be happy to answer any questions you might have as well. They can be contacted at: 877-907-4911 or http://www.medcallassist.com
Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,