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1st Aid Kits
Every bug out bag should contain a good first aid kit
Protect you and yours
Survival preparation begins at home with practice and planning.
Bad water can be deadly
Potable Aqua® Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets
Pets are people, too.
Total Pet Health First Aid Kit
You can learn to sew up gashes and wounds like a professional
A good suture kit should contain a variety of items, including: a hemostat, scalpel and scalpel blades, a surgical probe, forceps, operating scissors and suture lip scissors. Suture kits will also contain wound closure strips (butterfly bandages) antiseptic towelettes, alcohol pads and benzoin swabs.
Most pre-packaged suture kits contain both absorbable and non-absorbable sutures. Absorbable sutures repair deep tissue and vascular injuries while non-absorbable sutures repair skin lacerations.
Absorbable sutures breakdown in the body and are absorbed. This eliminates the need for the wound to be opened and those sutures removed. In the past, absorbable sutures were made from animal intestines. These sutures were called cat gut. If treated they were called chromic gut. Today many are made from polyglycolic or polylactic acid or caprolactone.
Non-absorbable sutures were once made from silk. Today most non-absorbable sutures are plastic type polymer threads.
Sutures are sized by the thread diameter and the needle thickness and the type of wound it will suture. They are also categorized by the type of needle. Some needles have an edge on the outside for cutting through skin, others are tapered.
Sutures were once sized from 1 to 6 with one being the smallest. As medicinal techniques improved, these numbers have been modified. There are now #00000 sized sutures for infants and up to #11 for large bone repair.
In addition, the advances in modern technology has allowed for suture thread to be pressed into the needle eliminating the need for an eye. These types of sutures are disposable as once the thread is gone the needle can not be rethreaded and reused. From a preparedness stand point you would be advised to obtain suture needles with eyes so the needles can be sterilized and reused.
Keeping your first aid kits stocked with suture kits and will insure you are ready for any emergency.