Here is my FAK (first aid kit), I will list the supplies and the pouch it's carried in. My kit is fairly basic with a few, more advanced items. In yours, IMO everyone should have one, you should carry what you know how to use. Having extra stuff that you aren't trained or capable of using will just take up extra space that could be used for stuff that runs out quickly in an event you need your kit, for example; gauze, band aids, tape etc...
Here is everything as you open the pouch
I like to call this area my trauma slot
This holds my:
1- pair trauma shears
4- 4x4 gauze
2- packets of 6 stri-strips (12 total)
4- small occlusive bandages (Tegaderm)
1- ABD pad (1-2 Maxi pads will work)
1- pair of needle holders
1- space blanket
1- pair of tweezers (not pictured- I forgot to pull them out)
1- pen for notepad
1- Swiss rescue tool http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000PX0LKG
This middle slot holds:
1- bendable splint http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000FPGGC6
1- ace bandage
2- triangle bandages
1- bulkee bandage
2- full lengths of koban wrapped around a tongue depressor
1- roll of medical tape wrapped around the same tongue depressor
1- set of bent tip needle holders
Last but not least, the boo-boo pouch.
Medication- it's running low and needs to be restocked but it will carry:
20 aspirin tablets
10 Benadryl tablets- original
20 acetaminophen tablets
20 ibuprofen tablets
5 Percocet tablets
5 phenergan tablets
10 Imodium tablets
1- performance energy power bar (hypoglycemia)
1- bottle of water purification tablets
5- alcohol wipes
5- bug sting wipes w/ lidocaine
5- antiseptic wipes
10- small bactrim
4- ammonia salts (smelling salts)
That should be everything :) if you have any input or questions just let me know and I'll answer to the best of my ability. I hope this helps!
Edit: I forgot the pouch, it's the Condor Rip-away EMT pouch.
I would also add a 20cc empty syringe to flush wounds, small packets of iodine or an eye dropper full (bigger bottles tend to find a way to bust open and ruin every thing) and some q-tips might be useful.
i am not a prepper, but first aid is a must.
No problem man, I hope it helps!
I'm lost on the ammonia salts. I know of no practical use that you couldn't replicate by elevating the lower extremities. Am I missing something? Can you put it in solution? If so it's great for jelly fish stings.
I would also get a TSA friendly bottle or two of peroxide to go with that 20cc syringe, and knock the 20 down to 2x 10cc. You might also consider some eye wash unless I missed it. Oh yeah. Adolph's Meat Tenderizer. It's better than Mom's spit for minor bites and stings. I think we just went from a belt pack to a carry bag. Sorry.
Suggestion- tuck contents of each 3rd into a large ziplock baggy. Will keep stuff dry if YOU go in the water. Bags can also be used as a water holder, airtight dressing over a sucking chest wound, or (big enough) as an emergency hat to reduce heat loss from head by a shock victim. Put a pinhole in a water bag, and you can flush an eye with a small, steady stream of water for a long time. Would add couple of fast food packs of salt and of lemon juice for heat injury (electrolyte replacement).
The recommended eyewash solutions in order of preference are Boric Acid solution, Normal Saline, and water unless the contaminant is a caustic or acid. In that case reverse the order. Realistically, you won't be able to carry enough of any one of them to make a difference on a chemical contaminant. What the Boric Acid is for is more along the lines of grit or dirt. The Boric Acid is also soothing, it's a closer match to the pH of your tears, and if I remember correctly it is isotonic.
For there to be a sting there must be a protein. Adolph's and Mom's spit break down the protein. Mom's spit contains the digestive enzyme amylase. I'm not sure what's in Adolph's, but when mixed into a paste it works great and stays on longer than spit. Yes, you can use spit to make the paste, but it's not needed.
Ohhh ok that makes sense. Very cool! I'll have to pick some of that up. Is "moms spit" just spit or is it an actual product?
Mom's spit was a reference to the miracle properties of your mother's saliva. When mixed with dirt it makes a poultice for stings (amylase). When applied to her hankie it wipes off dirt and treats skinned knees. It is used to remove glue from stubborn labels and to train that stubborn cowlick. About the only things Mom's spit won't do is take rust off a chrome bumper and kill crabgrass.
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