Learn how you can benefit from our concept-driven system of organized medical kits. We created the idea of having a medical kit system (rather than just one medical kit) to deal with the issues that beset anyone who tries to: Have both extensive medical capability and reasonable mobility, and Keep their medical kits in top shape and ready to go. The basic concept behind our medical kit systems is simple: An integrated system of kits that pairs a light weight and easily packable medical kit with a larger kit that has a more extensive selection of supplies and instruments. The larger kit can also pack special items such as Rx medications, so you don't have to carry everything everyday. Having an integrated system means [...]
The truth is that when it comes to buying, most of us are trained to go for the least expensive option. The idea of saving money and getting more for less is so ingrained that we forget to turn off that internal dialog when it comes to making a really important purchase. Buying a first aid kit is one of those really important purchases and price is not the most important criteria when choosing it. After all, you will be depending on that first aid kit in the event of an emergency. If you choose a cheap medical first aid kit, you may only learn when it is too late, that the kit you bought is costing you in ways you never thought of before.
It's been almost 13 years since this article in Outside Magazine ran in their November 2001 issue. We still have the WMS Kilimanjaro kit but the kit has grown to include about 20 pounds of equipment and supplies! All of our kit bags have been upgraded since the article and you will see, the contents are much less a "jumbled mess" than what you see in this photo. Still, the message is the same. Always be medically prepared when you venture into the wilderness, even for just a quick day hike. You will be glad you did.
Our client, Raymond Sekiguchi, M.D., sent these comments after using his Wilderness Medical Systems TSAVO kit... "This is a photo with a Pogotta tribe boy in Laikipia, Kenya. He had a big abscess on his leg. Thanks to your TSAVO kit, I was able to treat him very thoroughly. Thank you Wilderness Medical Systems!!" We are grateful to you, Dr. Sekiguchi, for sharing your medical expertise in Kenya!
At Wilderness Medical Systems we build premium medical first aid kits for those who want the very best. Everything in our kits is carefully selected to work, period. As part of our selection process, we field test components all over the world. Kurt, our Director of Field Testing, spends time every year evaluating the items we put, or propose to put, into our medical first aid kits. In 2011, he spent an eventful year traveling to both Bolivia and the Cameroon. In Bolivia, he lived in the jungle and had a chance to field test insect repellents. As a result of his experiences, we now recommend UltraThon Insect Repellent by 3M which we use exclusively (HowMed). Kurt used both the pump spray and [...]
Our client, Dr. David Miller, sent this message and photos of his Wilderness Medical Systems ALTAI kit in action... "We used our kit in Haiti and it was a GODSEND! Great organization and well thought out supplies made our work easier." Thank you, Dr. Miller, for bringing your medical expertise to help the people of Haiti!
The critical role of proper nutrition, and hydration in preventing accident and illness during any wilderness trip cannot be overemphasized. If you think of the human body as a soft machine, then the importance of fuel (nutrients) and engine coolant (water) become obvious.Season after season, any number of major and minor wilderness catastrophes can be traced back to the failure of backcountry travelers to eat and drink adequately, and to carry the right clothing for the conditions they are likely to encounter. The consequences of dehydration and inadequate calorie intake play a major and inter-related role in frostbite, hypothermia, shock, burns, the healing of wounds, infection, illness due to heat, high altitude illness, diarrhea and constipation. Virtually all of our [...]
For most of us the concept of wilderness has little to do with the notion of access to medical care, and everything to do with the sense that only in wilderness are our spirits truly free. Nevertheless, every time we enter the wilderness, we risk injury, illness, or worse. Injuries and illness to backcountry visitors are quite common.We face greater risks to life and limb driving to our backcountry destination, it is true, but few of us would venture down the road to the trailhead in our sport utility without training and experience in the fine art of safe automotive travel, even if the law allowed it. Yet, millions of folks each year enter the wilderness areas of North America, [...]