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What’s in your First Aid Kit?

Discussion in 'Recovery & Gear' started by Jmad1997, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. Jul 20, 2019 at 12:34 AM
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    Jmad1997

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    What’s in your First Aid Kit and why?

    What problems do you see that could potentially arise while camping, on the trail, on the road, daily commute?

    What experience do you have in any medicine. (Wilderness, EMS, PD, FD, SAR, volunteer, nurse, MD, etc)


    I wanted to start this thread as I think it could be a great source to showcase quality first aid equipment and also could help everyone become familiar with tools that can save the life of a loved one. IMO this is a highly valuable piece of gear and knowledge. What do you think?
     
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    I keep an IFAK that I "accidentally" kept after a deployment. Has some tourniquets, chest seals, combat gauze, NPA, and compression wrap. Also threw some scissors, bandaids, tweezers, and an extra phone charger in there. I've just taken a CLS course from the Army, so pretty much only prepared if someone gets shot or loses a limb. Should be enough supplies to get anyone to medical help though.
     
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  3. Jul 20, 2019 at 5:32 AM
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    I keep an adventure brand FAK, with extras. Steri-strips/butterfly bandages, tourniquet, Israeli bandage or two, cohesive tape roll, chest seal, Sam splint and some duct tape wrapped around an old gift card. Whole setup placed in an old Molle pouch.

    Seems like overkill, but I have had to do major first aid a time or two in a backwoods situation.

    Also, can’t stress enough training or classes. Check out your local Red Cross. They offer classes, usually at a very reasonable price.
     
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    Make sure you have a plenty of good thick rubber gloves
     
  5. Jul 20, 2019 at 11:59 AM
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    Nice setup!

    Sweet! Did you happen to take any classes through the Red Cross? if so how did you like it?

    Absolutely! I have overlooked this critical gear before and it was sh!tshow.
     
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  6. Jul 20, 2019 at 5:49 PM
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    Sting EEZE. Forgot to use my bug repellent through my whole vacation this week and now my arm and leg are itch city.

    So, yes I have bug repellent and Sting EEZE. A package of alcohol wipes, a couple packages of bandaids, gauze pads and first-aid tape. antibiotic ointment. Obvious reasons. Rubber gloves. Some pain patches. scissors. Some aspirin and Tylenol. Some green glow sticks (useful for accidents on the road at night, I've used them to help calm children who are scared after an accident at night and they are sitting at the side of the road, and being seen is a good thing BTW). Roll of gauze. Tweezers. Popsicle sticks to splint fingers. Put together my kit with .99c store stuff, glow sticks from Amazon and the rest from Walmart. Used a child backpack from .99c store to hold it all, and I check it for out of date stuff every 6 months. My thought process is, daily driving and coming upon an accident. I have no training, so won't attempt anything outside my wheelhouse. But basic stuff I can supply and assist with. Also for those parking lot oopses. It doesn't take much to give a bandaid to someone who's kid is crying with a scraped knee.
     
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    CAT TQ's have improved, not sure how old yours are but the stuff I carried in 09/10 on my last trip are only worthy to go in the dumpster. Also check the date on your hemostatic dressing, 5 years and I'd probably switch out. North American Rescue has some nice stuff and you don't have to worry about knock offs.

    Good that you have some trauma gear, most folks confuse a first aid kit (aka boo boo kit) with a trauma kit. Israeli bandages are great too and cheap and can be used as an improvised TQ (along with an ACE bandage), improvised windlass etc. I have extra sizes and types of gauze, splints, 14 gauge needles for decomp and of course things people tend not to think about: smoke for signaling, chem lights, reflective vests, survival blankets (hypothermia) and more.

    Those who haven't had formal training could stand to take a stop the bleed course. I've been on the scene of multiple fatal accidents in the last few years, it's a common occurrence.

    "You are the help until help arrives"
     
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    Gloves are key. One rule: If it's wet and not yours, don't touch it. Take the time to assess the situation while putting on gloves.
     
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    This... also I may add that black nitrile gloves look slick but if your doing any blood sweep it’s pretty hard to see blood on those. I like to have a purple or blue glove.


    Also if it’s day light and you have sunglasses on leave them on for eye pro.
     
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    I'll try to do this off the top of my head. I'm an Emergency Medical Responder which is the 80 hour course firefighters here take. My kit lives in my truck, and is geared to handle everything from a booboo to a MVA. There's alot in this bag so I do plan to put together 2 standalone rip away trauma packs, one for each vehicle. That way I have something that can be used to address the major injuries possibly sustained in a MVA while waiting for for fire/ems responders.

    - gloves
    - CPR mask
    - safety glasses
    - flashlight
    - shears
    - oral airways
    - SAM splint
    - tourniquet
    - Israeli bandages
    - pressure dressings
    - abdominal pads
    - triangular bandages
    - sterile gauze pads and rolls, small and large
    - non-sterile gauze pads and rolls, small and large
    - assorted bandaids
    - cling roll
    - tensor bandages
    - various tapes
    - blister dressings
    - Afterbite
    - Aspirin
    - Iburprofent
    - Tylenol
    - TUMS
     
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    Back in the day while I was stationed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan, I took an EMT course and actually got certified. Never did anything officially with that but to this day I try to keep up with things. All of us at work get re-certified with the basic Red Cross every two years. I'm OCD when it comes to providing first aid. I have several kits which get updated accordingly. Here are two of my best kits. Each run around $200 +. The Adventure Medical Mountain Series is good for 1 to 14 people up to 1 to 28 days "depending ". The Colorado Outer Limit Supply weekender kit is top notch. It all depends on use where, and how long you are out in the boonies.

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    One suggestion to keep with your kits. Seat belt cutter.
    I keep the usual stuff plus a seat belt cutter and a pick body hammer (great for windows to break and clear).
     
  16. Jul 20, 2019 at 11:21 PM
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    I keep a good medical kit in each vehicle. Some of the items I add:

    Tourniquet- never thought I would use one of these outside of the military. I was wrong.

    6-10 sets of gloves

    Extra gauze/tape/liquid skin


    About 7 years ago I came across a young teenage boy that tried killing himself with razors. After we got the kid to drop the razor, we went to work. His black shorts were just red up front due to cutting arteries in his arm. He was losing a lot of blood quickly. Out of all the people that stopped, the only person that had any gear and knowledge was a Army Combat Medic. Without his help, that kid would have died right there. I had a tourniquet and so did the medic. We were able to put pressure on two of the wounds and put a partial tourniquet to stop the bleeding. We were using both hands to compress the other wounds. The FD and Medics showed up and took over. I was really glad the pro’s showed up. Out of this whole ordeal I learned people don’t carry first aid kits or gloves.

    I have also came across a few people rolled over on from people getting on rigs trying to balance them out. That never works, and can lead to some crappy outcomes. Weird enough, every time was in Moab, and a Toyota truggy.

    Training: Navy, Lineman remote survival training, company FA/AED training, hard Knox.
     
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    I actually keep this in my center console. Doesn't make sense to have it in a kit that you can't get to in the case of a bad wreck.
     
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    I bought a pair on Amazon. One for my glovebox and one for my Adventure Med kit.
     
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    I should mention that I also clip this to the inside of my pocket whenever I head out in case of a REALLY bad rollover or something, and everything was thrown around, and I'm locked in my seat upside down and can't reach anything but me.

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    I have a lot of Outbound’s list and also when camping/traveling Gravol, Benadryl, Nitro, Ventolin, Epi, Narcan, Dextrose tabs. In Uni I was a first responder for a large venue security company at concerts and Indy. I’ve worked in ER, ICU, and been on the code blue team. I’ll never forget the first time I broke ribs giving CPR. I remember working Nirvana a few months before Kurt off’d himself, he looked deathly frail and just stood there singing unintelligibly through the whole concert. My favorite was watching the Stones free, nobody needed help. Once canoeing I had to paddle out to a guy having MI symptoms, he had forgotten his Nitro. We were somewhat remote and happened to be nearby on shore, ambulance took a while to arrive.
     
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    Good kits for sure!



    Wow sounds like an intense scene. Strong work! What’s your go to TQ for your kits?
     
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    Oddly enough, I was just updating my med packs this weekend. Have to replace some items every few years.
    I keep a trauma kit and general first aid kit in each vehicle, house and hunting packs.
    While I know it's easy to buy them preassembled, I've always been DIY kind of guy. I buy all the parts and make my own.

    Trauma kits include:
    - NAR tourniquet
    - Med shears
    - Gloves (2pk)
    - Extra Ace wrap
    - NAR Compression gauze
    - 1" Cloth med tape
    - Celox
    - Extra 4" gauze
    - Decomp needle
    - Nasopharyngeal tube/lubricant
    In vacuum seal pack
    - Halo seal (2pk)
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    - Israeli bandage
    - Gauze pad
    - TCCC card
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    First-aid kit includes
    - Moleskin
    - Cleaning/Prep pads
    - 3" Gauze
    - Steri-strips
    - Band-aid
    - Sting-Eze
    - Advil
    - Tylenol
    - Benadryl
    - Neosporin
    - 1/2" Med tape

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    Band aids, gauge pads, rolls of bandages in different sizes, shears, benadryl, children's aspirin.

    Trama kit is everything you need to stop a sucking chest wound or an amputated limb.

    I was a medic in two wars and now search and rescue. (Volunteer)
     
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    I have one under the steering column with high strength velcro, another next to the fire extinguisher behind my back seat, and another on my kit. Had a bunch of them from deployments. Gave some to family also.
     
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    Most people don't have jack on them to help when the $hit gets deep. They are just another body to be there or another car to block the road.

    My med kit is pretty standard with some nice stuff for me and some real emergency stuff for whoever. The things many people forget gloves (as most of you have stated), sugar for a diabetic that needs some asap ( I don't really know any but they are around), benedryl for allergic reactions (chew them), asperin (chest pain or numb left arm etc), chem light ( for... Light... Or signal/marker), and of course a tourniquet. I have an ibd too because it's freaking awesome. I have a knife with me always but a glass breaker isn't a bad idea. Besides that it's your standard med kit.

    I just got one set up for my dad. He's a myopic sort of guy so he doesn't do this crap himself but he's in the boonies at his 2nd home often enough that he needs to have some stuff.
     
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    Great info going on here guys keep it coming!

    My DD kit if I’m on scene to an event that requires first aid.

    - purple or blue nitrile gloves. ( it’s hard to see blood on black ones)
    - eye pro (usually my sunglasses)
    - NAR C.A.T TQ
    - Israeli bandage
    - abd pad
    - 14GA chest dart ( only happening to family members )
    - 14 & 16GA IV catheters (severe trauma only)
    - 2 10GTTS INTs (severe trauma only)
    - triangle bandage
    - 4 10cc flushes
    - pocket BVM
    - sam splint
    - roll of kerlex
    - space blanket
    - NAR hyfin vent chest seals x2
    - petroleum bandage
    - green, yellow, red, black triage tape (In the event of a MCI)

    This kit is for traumatic accidents only. This is not my kit I use for my camping trips or home. This is my someone is dying right now if I don’t do something soon. Some things may not be attainable to everyone I know. But those are not required to someone’s survival in a traumatic accident.

    I like that many are trained on this forum.

    Don’t shy away from first aid if you are not.

    Use this thread to ask any and all questions you have.
     
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    Since the Crewmax has extra room on the back of the center console, I mounted mine via Velcro to that spot. It is accessible from all four doors and from any spot in the truck also. The kit is from Blue Ridge Overland Gear. Additionally, the kit on the back of the headrest is the foldanizer from ITS tactical. That one contains everyday first aid items like band aids, gauze, etc that ITS sells in their boo boo kit.

    The tourniquets are a must like several other members have mentioned. Two other types to consider are the SWAT tourniquet and the RATs tourniquet. These two are excellent for children or animals. A large CAT tourniquet will not work well on a five year old arm or leg but the SWAT can be cut down the middle and makes an excellent small person option as does the RATs. For this reason I have all three types loaded in the vehicle.

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    Looks very good! I like your organization setup.
     

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