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Peace of Mind in the Great Out Doors

Peace of Mind in the Great Out Doors 0

Autonomy. Integrity. Peace of Mind. Provider Prepared! 

Get your Laceration Repair Kit in time for your outdoor trip here: Get My Kit

I attended scout camp this week with my son in the Uintas, 2 hours away from home.  There were 28 knife wielding boys between the ages of 12 and 18 in my group, with over 200 in the camp. Having a Provider Prepared Laceration Repair Kit = Peace of Mind.

Dr. Brian Richardson was prepared with 50 others on a Father & Sons Camp Out this week as well. Fortunately, neither of us had to use it, just like having the right equipment out in the ER wards off evil spirits. 

Send us your photos of where you have taken and/or used your Provider Prepared Laceration Repair Kits! (support@providerprepared.com)

 

 

  • Nathan Whittaker
2 Year-Old Horror Scene On Two Legs Screaming Up The Stairs

2 Year-Old Horror Scene On Two Legs Screaming Up The Stairs 0

90 min. before my Sunday night shift, our 2 year- old, Titan, comes screaming up the stairs looking like a scene out of a slasher horror movie. His older sister sheepishly admitted to chasing him into the edge of a door frame. We created an ED bed on our kitchen counter and slipped a pillow case up his arms, behind him, with him laying on it, to help restrain him, telling him it was a super hero cape. I wanted to use Dermabond, but I couldn't get the wound edges to approximate like I wanted them to. If the wound was above the hairline, I could have used the stapler. Recruiting his 4 older siblings and my wife to help soothe him and hold him down, I anesthetized the wound with injectable 1% lidocaine, irrigated it with sterile saline, 60 cc syringe, and a splash guard, prepped it with drapes and betadine, and then closed it, using 6-0 Ethilon on a P-3 needle. He took it like a champ! It was nice not to have to take him in to the ER and it was a good experience for my family. I enjoyed showing them what I do as an ER doctor. I had everything I needed that I am used to using in the ER. The evening was saved. Time and money was saved. I maintained my autonomy, caring for my own child. I was affordably prepared, without swiping materials from the hospital, maintaining my integrity. It's good to be a Provider Prepared!

local anesthetic, lidocaine

wound irrigation, splash guard, sterile drape, sterile gloves

wound prep, betadine

suturing instruments, gauze, medical bag, laceration kit, laceration tray, stitches, sutures

sutures, facial laceration

 

  • Nathan Whittaker
Versatility of Provider Prepared Kits

Versatility of Provider Prepared Kits 0

The cervical para-spinal injections saved the day for my nephew, Cody. He is one tough dude, but his migraine headache was ruining his vacation. We were at a family reunion in Island Park, ID, vacationing for the week, 3 hours from home. The nearest clinic/hospital was 30-45 minutes away. Nothing he was taking was helping.

Fortunately, I had packed a bottle of 0.5% Bupivacaine and my Provider Prepared Complete Laceration Repair Kit, containing all the needles, syringes, prep-pads, and gloves I needed. Watch a demonstration of the procedure at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy1lggvxV9Y. He took the injections like a champ!

Twenty to thirty minutes later, he reported his headache completely resolved. Cody jumped right back into the activities and resumed his role as the life of the party. The day was saved! No time was wasted traveling to and from a clinic/hospital or waiting in a waiting room. Money was saved! And I had the privilege of relieving my nephew's pain. It's good to be a Provider Prepared!

  • Nathan Whittaker
Scalp Laceration in an Active Kid

Scalp Laceration in an Active Kid 0

Just over a week ago, my daughter and I experienced the benefit of being a Provider Prepared. Cassie, my very active 10-year old daughter, cut herself in between her competitive basketball games. As she was running around with a friend, she hit the back of head on a door frame, causing a 1 cm gaping, bleeding scalp laceration.

Cassie is pretty tough. This is the same daughter who trusted me to lance her thigh abscess on our kitchen counter. Using a trick I learned in residency, I separated strands of hair on each side of the laceration and tied square knots, approximating the wound edges, controlling the bleeding. She was able to play in the next game. The temporary fix lasted until she scrapped on the floor for a loose ball with 3 seconds left in the game, causing her scalp wound to start bleeding again.

Fortunately, I had my Provider Prepared Complete Laceration Repair Kit. I tried to convince her to let me staple her laceration, but she wouldn't go for it. As luck would have it, her hair is thin enough that I could use Dermabond to achieve great wound closure. This took less than 5 minutes, compared to the hours wasted in travel, wait, and treatment time at an ER or acute care clinic.

A wasted day was averted! Hundreds of dollars were saved! My integrity was maintained, by not stealing medical supplies from an employer! I have peace of mind, being prepared for the next wound that will surely pop up in my five rambunctious kids! Its good to be a Provider Prepared!

  • Nathan Whittaker
How do you manage a loved one with a laceration?

How do you manage a loved one with a laceration? 0

Colleagues,
 You’ve probably been approached by a family member or friend with a laceration. You have the skills to repair it, but were not prepared with adequate supplies. For situations like these,  I developed PROVIDER PREPARED Laceration Repair Kits.  
 Unlike others on the market, these physician-grade kits are in-dated, disposable, sterile, and complete.  They allow for management of multiple wound types, including skin tear, scalp laceration, facial laceration, deep laceration, abscess, and more.  The contents are sourced from recognizable, reputable US suppliers, like Ethicon, 3M, Covidien,etc.  Moreover, each component is individually packaged, so you can order refill packs to replace what you have used, without having to purchase a whole new kit. Because we purchase in bulk as a wholesaler, PROVIDER PREPARED is less expensive and more convenient than the alternatives.
 According to Cost Helper, Inc. [1], individuals can expect to be charged $200-$3,000 or more for laceration repair, depending on his/her insurance coverage, the provider, the injury and the complexity of the repair. Perhaps, the greatest loss is the wasted time, traveling to and from a health care facility, waiting, often hours, in the waiting, then an exam room, to watch someone else do what you could have easily done at home.
 If you were to assemble your own kit, similar to the Provider Prepared Complete Laceration Repair Kit, ordering the lowest required quantities online, from a medical supply company, such as Moore Medical LLC [2], it would cost about $1,561.41 (Price List 11/4/2016), plus tax and shipping/handling. 
 Be prepared for wherever the unexpected happens with kits in your home and each vehicle, as well as in the homes and vehicles of your loved ones. Don’t let someone else attend to your loved ones simply because you lack the supplies! Be Prepared! Be Provider Prepared!
 Respectfully,
 Dr. Nate Whittaker, MD
Emergency Medicine Specialist, Logan, UT
Founder and CEO, PROVIDER PREPARED, LLC
 
  • Nathan Whittaker