Why do we do this?
Wilderness Medical Systems designs and builds emergency medical kits that make it possible for businesses, humanitarian organizations, universities, sports teams and government agencies to handle medical emergencies before help arrives. These high-quality, professional grade medical kits were specifically designed for everyday people yet they have been repeatedly chosen by medical professionals for use all around the world. Our uniquely designed kits are incredibly easy to use, robust, and strikingly beautiful. Each one is built to order and is supported by the kind of concierge-level customer service that is all but lost in today’s world. We are in business to make a difference in people’s lives….at home or far from it. Our kits are chosen by those who value high quality products that work. Every time.
What makes our kits unique is the meeting of three minds in their creation and execution…
Dr. Gilbert Preston, M.S. is the founder of Wilderness Medical Systems. He wrote the book on Wilderness First Aid published by Falcon Press, is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society and the Montana Medical Society. Dr. Preston is a former Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda, where he studied the role of genes in memory functions of the brain, and he has published medical articles in Pacific Northwest newspapers and magazines. In addition to his extensive wilderness medical training, Dr. Preston has backpacked, fished and trekked from the Canyonlands of the American Southwest to the mountains of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. He continues to serve in an emeritus capacity with Wilderness Medical Systems.
Dr. Preston originated the lists for the kit contents by carefully considering what was available in the marketplace and what his expertise and experience told him should be in a good medical kit. Dr. Preston’s detail-oriented approach to kit contents is something unusual and extremely valuable. His thinking informs all of the choices of WMS kit contents and makes all the difference between a kit that merely looks good and one that really works. There is an art as well as a science to creating a kit that really works. If a kit is designed successfully, it strikes the ideal balance between capability, weight/volume and the person’s needs/endeavors. This is what Wilderness Medical Systems kits do.
Dr. Preston also wrote our book of simple instructions for the panicked layperson, called the WMS First Aid Field Guide. This Guide is now in its fourth edition and continues to be printed on waterproof, tear-resistant paper, which is not done anywhere else.
In our trio, Kurt is our active adventurer….the one has been to the bush in Tanzania, to Namibia, South Africa, deep into the wilds of Alaska, as well as the Bolivian jungle and even to some of the remotest parts of the lower 48. He understands first hand the value of field-tested items that work. It’s the deep thinking and consideration behind the execution of a good kit that really shows itself in the field. Little things really do matter.
Donna brings to our team her background in art and design. She was the one originally charged with organizing Dr. Preston’s “pile of stuff” in order to make everything in his kits easily findable. A little-known secret is that organization is THE key to finding what you need in an emergency. Professionals know the importance of this, but most average people do not. Now we have two ways to find things in our smaller kits and three ways to find items in our larger kits. Surprisingly, this also makes it easier to put a kit back together after it’s been used.
Again…Why do we do this?
We believed in 1997 that Wilderness Medical kits were the best on the planet. We still believe that today. Every business, every person, everyone needs access to customizable, professional, highly organized, and good-looking (not scary) emergency medical kits to care for themselves and those they are responsible for. Each of our kits is personally built for an individual client to the highest standards in every way. We believe in concierge-level customer service where our clients feel their needs are completely met. We are in business to make a difference and we are passionate about providing the very best emergency medical kits to the world.