The Ultimate Bug Out First Aid Kit: The MedCallKit by MedCallAssist.com

 

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.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

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.

 

Conclusion

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,

Creek

Comments

  1. Shepherd says:

    What is the weight on this kit? Do the medicines have an expiration date?

    • Creek says:

      Shepherd- The kit is about 6 lbs. and below is a direct response from the manufacturer about the expiration dates:

      Yes, medications in the kit do expire according to the date on the package and the longevity of the medications on the kit are different. However, all studies have shown medications/antibiotics do not change or become dangerous based on expiration date. Moreover, when a medication expires i.e. wound glue it does not become dangerous it becomes less effective.

  2. Scott says:

    Creek,

    I love your articles. I am not sure about that dose of epi though?

    • Creek says:

      For those with severe allergies (ie bee sting), an epi pen could be their only hope. There are certainly items in this kit, though, that require some training and instruction.

  3. Scott says:

    Ah…epi pen, very good. That makes sense. BTW, I am a medic, that is why I wanted clarification.

    Thanks again for all of the great info!

  4. Jay says:

    Creek,

    First love the site! I’m curious how this company can sale the kit without a prescription for those items in the bag that are not over-the-counter?

  5. Matt says:

    Creek,

    What’s the use of having a medic-dedicated phone in the pack if the phone service is out? I know you mentioned in your book about cell phones still being able to get service and/or text, but that was a big maybe by your own admission.

    Wouldn’t it be more realistic, especially real-estate wise (not to mention financially) in your BOB, to scavenge ideas from this medical kit (such as the anitbiotics, magnifying glass, and skin stapler) and add them to your own self-made kit?

    • Creek says:

      Hey Matt – thanks for visiting and the comments. You are right, there is a good possibility phone service in your immediate disaster radius might be out. However, it might not. And, it might not at your BOL. I like the idea of being able to reach out to a medical professional if necessary – think it’s a pretty cool feature. Not to mention reorder kit supplies (antibiotics) etc… The fact that they are based in Alaska is also a huge plus. Something catastrophic affecting the lower 48 probably won’t be having the same affect on Alaska so that makes getting a call to go through more likely on the receiving end at least.

      I’m sure you can save some $$$ and some space by building your own kit with items that you feel are important. For me, though, this larger and very thorough kit filled a hole on my prepper shelf. I’ve been looking for something like this for quite some time and I have just never taken the time and energy to build it myself. Shame on me I guess :) It was sure nice for it to arrive at my doorstep.

      If you end up putting one of your own together I think there are many people here who would benefit from seeing it. I’d love to append some pics of your kit to this post one day as an example of a DIY kit.

      Thanks – Creek

  6. Jc Shannon says:

    some of the supplies you can get cheaper if you look around….such as the "wound glue" is nothing more than super glue, also cyane pepper is a great blood clotting agent. The AED is a great extra to own, however spendy it is worth it's weight in gold. People of all ages could experience heart issues especially in circumstances that they are unaccustom to, such as hard labor, stress in a WROL or SHTF scenario. Great pack though I figured everything included including AED, the pack costs about $2,000…… Do your homework scout out different places for some of the supplies, and you may be able to talk to your own Physician about aquiring some of those medications, and your insurance should cover it. FYI.

  7. Jc Shannon says:

    P.S. Medical supply stores such as NORCO carry some of this stuff if you want to check items out personally.

  8. Katie says:

    AEDs are great in the right circumstances, but if you don’t have a hospital to go to, it’s not going to help you much. Anyone who goes into cardiac arrest is bound to spend weeks in the ICU.

    And by the way, an AED doesn’t take a lot of training. The machine does all the work analyzing te heart rhythm, and it walks you through the process. The scary part of this kit is the prescription medications…while they’re great when they work, if you use them wrong or in the wrong circumstances, it would be very easy to kill someone.

    Also, it says it gives you one 18 gauge IV catheter. If you’ve never put in an IV before, and especially if you don’t have anyone to show you how, you’ll need at least 30 of them before you get it right. :-)

  9. JulioCG says:

    You’ve done it again. Right when I was thinking “well, I’ve got most of my stuff set up, but my First Aid Kit seems lacking,” I check your site and voila! The perfect kit. I have multiple friends who are RNs or are studying to become an RN, and I’m planning on taking similar courses, so this would be great!

    As for what you said about Medics, it’s really true. The moment I saw that pack on your person, I realized that it wouldn’t a walk in the park carrying it around everywhere, especially not in an SHTF situation. However, I figure a designated Medic could carry it like you said, along with a few absolute essentials (some water, a few granola bars), while the rest of the group can split up the extra gear the Medic can’t carry. However, if you’re stuck with it alone, idk what to do. Maybe drop some of your redundancies first (any smaller First Aid Kits, to start). If you could get everything to fit in a combination of web gear, the Survival Shotgun, and this pack, I think you’d be golden.

    Just as a side note, I’d like to know what your advice would be on how to carry some extra personal gear. It’s my home apothecary set, and it’s fairly bulky and kind of annoying to carry. Any advice? (At the moment, it’s all in a smaller bag hooked to the outside of my BOB; it includes a few infused oils I’ve made [used to make balms and salves], some alcohol [for tinctures], 2 tin cans [for making teas/decoctions], a plastic cup, a mortar and pestle, a set of basic ingredients, and a Sterno) I like to carry this set, along with my plant identification guide, because it’s actually very useful-it has come in especially handy in treating headaches, muscle aches, and “digestive issues.”
    I’m generally not very much into alternative medicine, but in an SHTF situation, I figure you’ve got to have some sort of back up plan, if only to treat symptoms and not the actual illness, before you get to a real doctor.

    Anyway, thanks again for the fantastic post! Sorry for being so long winded lol figured I’d make this point count haha

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  11. Ryan Slaybaugh says:

    Been a paramedic for over 8 years. You are wasting most of your money. I have seen countless medics through our service who have the training to use most of that equipment yet have no experience and would burn through your disposables before they ever got to a therapitic point. You all without even the training are even worse off. Applying direct pressure to a wound rodent take much skill or practice but starting an IV drip or suturing a wound takes plenty of skill plus the knowledge of when it is warranted. Do as you please but my expertise says your probably going to do more harm than good with this kit unless you go and at least become a paramedic if not a physician.

  12. Ryan Slaybaugh says:

    As for the AED being "worth its weight in gold" as a preposterous item it is essentially pointless. The survival rate of those who go into V-fib or V-tach (the killer heart rhythms an AED treats) is rather low and if you furthur eliminate the availability of hospitals for post-resecetative care the chances for survival long term are woeful. Wouldn't waste my money. Is a good idea if you have the extra cash for as long as society holds together though. Every little chance helps and people are saved by AEDs every day.

  13. Ryan Slaybaugh says:

    Lil auto correct. Was supposed to read " as a post-appocalyptic item…."

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  15. Keith Frankenstein says:

    Ryan if you are a paramedic for over 8 years and claim suturing takes plenty of skill then I pray you never work on me. Paramedics don't suture. You missed the whole point of what bug out means…It's not hard to suture a wound when properly cleaned in a no hospital environment. Obviously you were never in the military…