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Testimonial: Suture Syringe Kit Saves the Day of Backpacker in Alaska

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

I spend a ton of time backpacking and hiking the outdoors and there are two pieces of equipment that are with me on each and every trip: an Adventure Medical Kits Weekender and an Adventure Medical Kits Suture Syringe Kit. Both proved invaluable on my most recent adventures to the Wrangell — St Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

On this day we were “blessed” with rain, making our water crossing on the Dixie Pass difficult to say the least. Our party of 12 had almost reached the last campsite before the pass when I slipped during a water crossing, severely gashing my knee open in the process. While I could not see the wound initially due to the rain pants I was wearing, I knew it was severe. I put my pack down and walked away from the group about 15 feet, unzipped the pants down the leg to the knee and assessed the damage.

Blood was running freely and I made those standing within earshot aware of the damage. They quickly came over to assist, pulling my pack over to sit on once they removed the Weekender First Aid kit and Suture kit from it. Fortunately, one of my compatriots is a doctor, who has always performed this type of work in the sterile doctor’s office or operating room, not out in the wild. I seriously think he was more nervous about all this then I! I, of course, was more than happy that I did not have to stitch myself up. As a Marine, I’ve had to do it before. Fortunately, the sky had cleared up about two hours previous, so we had great sunlight to work with. The doctor worked quickly with the assistance of another fellow camper acting as nurse and placed seven stitches into my knee once the wound had been cleaned up.

Later that evening we used a syringe we set aside loaded with Iodine to clean the wound and then bandaged it again. The doctor was very impressed with the kits contents! I’ve already ordered another Suture Syringe Kit and have to say, your products are worth their weight in gold! Thanks for putting together such a well thought-out product!

–Johnny Hernandez

AMK Response: Thanks for the feedback, Johnny. On your next trip, it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a pack of QuikClot Sport Silver, too, should you ever need — and fingers crossed you don’t — a more powerful method for stopping problem bleeding.

Why Carrying a Sterile Suture Kit is a Good Idea…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009


I am a fan of your medical kits and just saw that the one of your Travel Kits had a suture kit in it, good idea. I just got back from a few months in Colombia with a smaller  Travel Kit that did not have the sutures. Went on a hike and about two days in, I gashed open my shin. Some Colombian military guys came by and stitched me up with a sewing needle, needless to say it was not pleasant.

Getting Stitched up in Columbia

Getting Stitched up in Columbia

I think an upgrade is necessary for my next trip. Anyway thought you guys might get a kick out of that, I sent a picture of it as well. Keep up the good work your kits have saved my butt in more than one country!

W. Gatchell

AMK Response:  Thanks for the feedback!  Just to clarify, our Suture/Syringe Medic is now sold separately and can be added to any Travel or other line of medical kits that we offer.  Always a good idea to add some QuikClot to your first aid kit as well, just in case you need to stop the bleeding and don’t have a professional around to stitch you up.

What is the Best Kit for an Extended Backpacking Trip in Asia?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

I’m back packing through Asia for 6 weeks and would like to know what you would recommend for a first aid kit in case of an emergency.  Thanks, Dan R.

For 6 weeks in Asia, I highly recommend our World Travel kit plus a Suture/Syringe Medic. The World Travel kit is designed for trips like yours, with comprehensive wound-care supplies and a large suite of medications for pain, flu, and stomach maladies.

The World Travel also contains our Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine by Eric A. Weiss, M.D. The guide includes information on wilderness and travel medicine including: “Weiss Advice” improvised techniques; “When to Worry” tips; 97 illustrations; recommended prescription medications to pack; medical supplies for extended expeditions; and information on how to use the components of your Adventure Medical Kit.

The Suture/Syringe Medic contains sterile supplies to administer IV drugs or injections in case the medical clinic in the area you’re traveling doesn’t have sterile needles or sutures. Since it is still a common practice in many developing countries to re-use supplies, it is important to carry a sterile set that you can give to the medical provider that is treating you.

Be sure to read our blog to learn more about avoiding the most common ailment that travelers face.

Thanks for your interest, and let us know if you have any further questions.
Frank Meyer, Marketing Director and Co-Founder


Travel Kits are the Perfect Prescription….

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

The Reviews are coming in:
AMK’s travel kits are the perfect prescription for smooth, safe travel, here and abroad! 

From the, 3/1/09

Never leave home without them!

And we ain‘t talking about credit cards. … We found the perfect take-along items for those sojourns you will be taking this week and next. Trust us: Spend the few bucks on these items, and your trip will go smoothly and safely.  Read more…

BE SAFE – Travel Tip – Carry Suture and Syringe Supplies

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

BE SAFE Tip – Travel Tip – Always Carry Suture and Syringe Supplies

When traveling in Developing Countries carry sterile suture/syringe supplies to hand to a local professional medical care provider to insure the use of sterile needles. Over 10 million people per year contract a lethal disease such as HIV and Hepatitis through the re-use of needles.

You can get a Suture Syringe Medic Kit here.

Learn more travel medicine and first aid tips – click here for Dr. Weiss’s Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine.

World Traveler Kit – Four Stitches and Keep on Surfing!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Dear AMK:

I just came back from a ten day surf trip down to Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica and I had to send you some photos because to be honest, my Adventure Medical Kit saved my entire trip. I got the World Traveler kit last summer when I went down to Costa Rica to surf the first time because it was designed for travel to Third World Countries.  This time that kit came in handy as I ended up taking a fin above my eye and getting a minor gash in my forehead.

I was very lucky and the only other person in the water was an American ER Doc and he ended up stitching me up that morning in a restaurant allowing me to go out and surf a four hour session later that afternoon.  Without the kit, my surf trip could have been over.


David S.

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