Trauma Kit vs. First Aid Kit
I figured we talk a whole lot about defending ourselves with our firearms but not much time talking about what we plan to do if we or a loved one actually takes a hit. In no way is this an attempt to give medical instructions over the internet. i'm just sharing some of the lessons and ideas i apply to my shtf planning. hopefully this opens a debate where we can share ideas and learn new stuff.
Let's start by stating the difference between a trauma kit and a first aid kit. a first aid kit is something that should obviously be in your bugout bag and car. your first aid kit should contain the stuff needed to treat your common ailments. headache, cold, small cuts and burns, splinters, etc. A trauma kit is what you carry to treat large wounds/injuries. Gunshot wounds, lacerations, suspected fractures, etc. it has become common practice in iraq and afghanistan for individuals to carry what's called a Personal Trauma Kit. Statistics are showing that wounded personel who immediately administer self-aid tend to survive traumatic injuries. the chain of events should flow like so: you're wounded, you administer self aid as best you can, your buddy administers buddy aid, responding medics/EMS arrive continue advanced treatment and transport you to the ER, doc patches you up, hopefully you live. i'll post the contents of my trauma kit in a later post, it's miller time.