Here is a list of must-haves in your surgical medical kit.


The life of a medical professional is never easy. When you’re a doctor, nurse, or any other type of medical worker, you often have to prepare for anything that comes your way. For surgical medical kits and emergency medical kits, you must ensure that you can get help as soon as possible. So today, look at some of the must-haves in your surgical medical kit!


Make sure you buy medical gloves and have a good supply of latex or nitrile gloves in all sizes you might need. Some people prefer powder-free gloves, which can be harder to find in some areas. If you want to go powder-free, having both types on hand is best, so everyone is happy.

While you buy medical gloves, glove holders/boxes are excellent for storing your gloves when not in use and keeping them fresh (and free from germs). You may also consider getting glove boxes with compartments for different medical supplies, such as sutures and clean towels, so everything stays organised.

Cotton-tipped applicators.

Cotton-tipped applicators are used to apply ointments or other medications to the skin. They can also be used to clean wounds. Cotton-tipped applicators are made of cotton and plastic, which are great for sensitive skin.

Tissue scissors.

One of the essential items in your surgical medical kit is a pair of scissors. Make sure you have multiple sizes and styles, as there are many uses for these handy tools. They can be used to cut sutures, tape, gauze bandages, hair and more.


Tweezers are one of the most versatile tools you can have in your medical kit. They’re great for removing splinters, picking up small objects, pinching and holding small objects like pills, pulling out hairs, or even picking up small pieces of paper.

Suture scissors.

Suture scissors are essential for cutting surgical thread and hair. They can also be used to cut nails, but we do not recommend this because it is unsafe. Suture scissors have blunt tips and are less sharp than surgical scalpels. However, they should still be handled carefully. Some suture scissors come with a locking mechanism, while others do not. The locking mechanism is designed to keep your fingers from slipping onto the blade when you use them, which can happen easily if you have sweaty hands (which happens more often than we would like). This can cause injury if you aren’t careful.

Adson forceps.

Adson forceps are used for grasping and holding tissue during surgery. They are also used to manipulate tissue during surgery.

Adson forceps are usually made of stainless steel or titanium and come in different sizes (sizes 2-6). This tool is sometimes referred to as a surgical clamp because it has two jaws that can be opened wide enough to grasp the desired amount of tissue.

Backhaus towel clamp.

The Backhaus towel clamp is a tool you will use daily in your practice. It’s used for clamping towels, holding skin during surgeries and procedures, holding tissue during surgeries and procedures, holding blood vessels during surgeries and procedures (yes—even those tiny little ones), and even can be used to hold fluid from draining wounds! The Backhaus towel clamp is available in various sizes: small (0-0), medium (1-1), and large (2-2).


Hopefully, this article has given you some good ideas on what to look for when buying surgical medical supplies. You can use the list above as a starting point for your kit, but remember that these are just suggestions and will depend on your individual needs and available resources.

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