You can’t be perfectly prepared for every possible contingency, but you can be prepared for some of them, including injuries.
On some blogs you will at times see people post their “daily carry” stuff. Those posts often also involve “readiness” things that make loud noises. Those noise makers aren’t the only dimension of being ready.
There are also some medical items which might make a difference for yourself or for someone else.
NB: Just as it is necessary to have training with things that make loud noises, so too it is necessary to have training with medical supplies. It is one thing to have any of these items, but it is another to use them properly under stress. I would like even more training, and I am going to take steps to get it.
Here are shots of some daily carry things. I confess that I don’t have this particular pack with me every time I go out. I determine what I want to carry depending on where I am going, how, and what time of day it is.
What you see Z-Pack, gauze, sutures, prep pads, scalpel, Celox, mouth to mouth mask, scissors, nitrile gloves, tourniquets (set up to go over large shoe or boot), antibiotic ointment packs. I haven’t figured out how to get the nasopharyngeal tube chest seal in yet, but I don’t know how to use that well … yet… but maybe some nearby would! Some band-aids, not shown, but they are less involved in getting someone stable, or closer it stable.
I would add that you readers supplied most of these things, from my Amazon wish list.
Also, when I travel, most all of this goes in my carry-on back-pack. Not the scalpel… I haven’t tried that yet. Only once did I get a raised eye-brow and question from a TSA drone. I ask him if he had ever watched someone bleed out and that ended that. Alas, I have. The times with the most blood were on a train-track and another time on a Roman street, directly in front of the Chiesa Nuova (rocketing motorcycle zooming between buses at stop light, pedestrians crossing… brrrrr). I gave extreme unction both those times, since part of my “daily carry” also includes an IO stock. I anointed on streets several times in Rome, over the years.
If you don’t think that these things can happen where you are, friends, then you are not living in reality. To anoint is my primary role, but if I can stop bleeding too, well… I’d like to do that (including my own).
Suggestions from the well-experienced are welcome. You can’t learn enough.
Everyone: You might consider gathering some basic items. Keep them in your car, or bag, certainly in your dwelling. Make sure you know how to use them. Refresh perishables from time to time.