WARNING: This posting is not valid medical advice. I have no medical training. I simply summarized my limited research for your convenience. Any of your personal decisions and actions are still your responsibility. The purpose of this posting is to summarize what I reviewed and then purchased to help treat injuries after a SHTF event, and specifically wounds likely requiring sutures or staples. First, I started with this video on using a surgical stapler to close a hypothetical wound. The video uses the severed foot from a dead pig, so be warned if you’re squeamish. Emergency use of Surgical Stapler - YouTube In a SHTF situation, my preference will be a surgical stapler given its relative ease of use. This strategy may not work for a really deep wound that might require an internal level of dissolving sutures. One must also cleanse and irrigate the wound before closing it. Here are two videos. I'm sure you can find more on YouTube. AMP-3 iFAK - Irrigation Module Demonstration - YouTube How to Irrigate a Wound (Emergency Version for "The Survival Doctor's Guide to Wounds") « So, here is what I have acquired to enhance my medical supplies: http://astore.amazon.com/instantg-20 - The Survival Doctor’s guide to Wounds. You want to learn about when it is NOT appropriate to suture or staple a wound. - Gloves. Check the size. - Sterile, surgical staplers. You should throw away the stapler after you use it. - Surgical staple remover. Yeah, you’ll need this. - Alcohol pads and Betadine pads. I bought both. - Irrigation syringes. You might choose different sizes. I hope this helps. Again, I have NO medical training. I’m just trying to be a bit more prepared in the event that a family member, friend, or neighbor is injured after an earthquake or other SHTF situation.