Personal First Aid Kits
Dec. 28th, 2008 @ 05:40 pm
Now that the holidays are over, I can get back to planning kits...
The first aid kit plan we have involves each person carrying a modified IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit), based on the USMC kit. Supplies (not including pouch) should be under $30 if you dig around for best prices. Plus, you'd get better prices if you build several at once and get get bulk pricing on some of the supplies.
Trauma Pack -- In a zip-lock bag
- (1) TK4 Tourniquet -- This is a tourniquet that can be self applied.
- (2) 4"x6" Compression bandage with tails
- (2) 4.5"x4yd Kerlix Compressed Gauze
- (1) 2"x5yd vet wrap -- Many uses, such as holding a gauze pad in place, or an improvised splint.
Minor Kit -- In a second zip-lock bag
- (20) 3/4"x3" Adhesive bandages
- (10) 2"x4 1/2" Adhesive bandages
- (2) Triangular bandage/sling 40"x40"x56"
- (1) 2"x100" Adhesive tape roll
- (16) Triple Antibiotic Oinment, Individual packets
- (1) 2oz Povidone Iodine in a pump spray bottle
Separate from bags
- (2) 30 minute high intensity white Chemlights
- (1) EMT shears
The only thing that would be difficult to source would be the Iodine in small bottles. I plan on getting pump spray bottles and 16oz or 32oz of Povidone Iodine and making my own bottles. The white chemlights, are for an emergency situation where you need light to patch yourself up. Batteries seem to die just before you really need them, so I plan on putting two chemlights in the IFAK's.
I dont know anyone who recomends using, let alone carrying a tourniquet, not for urban emergencies or for wilderness emergencies, I would recomend getting some medical training and consulting some people before carrying that, let alone using one. From what I have been trained, (EMT and WFR) you are more likely to cause damage to the person then help them, with a tourniquet, and to safely use one does require training, and very much care and special circumstances.
You could also add one or two small led key chain type lights for emergency lights, (get the ones with built in switches) batteries last almost forever and they use almost no space and are very helpful.
Also you might add basic medical records of anyone going with you, or of yourself, or a simple emergency form of contact and medical history, you can probaly find a basic one online, this can be very helpful. Also remember these days, a cel phone is also a #1 medical tool, so keep it in mind for online (over the phone) medical help, and keep emergency medical numbers of available local services and such for easy access, or program into your phone for quick response and help.
ps- what are you making these kits for? what sort of activity?
|Date:||December 29th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)|| |
These are for personal carry in a bug-out situation, and one for my Get-Home bag. The idea being, carry enough to get you back to the camp or vehicle where the big med pack is.
The tourniquet is for a last ditch, nothing else is helping situation.
Cell phone doesn't always work in the woods. I know of several places where I used to live, you didn't even have an analog signal, let alone digital.
what's a bug out situation?
and where are you Getting home from?
still I would get some more advice and training, before taking a tourniquet as you might cause more problems then help, as you might loose or cause more damage then good, what ever you tourniquet off.
if you can afford it, they have booster amplifiers and antanae you can plug your phone into for more reception about $300 or so from Shakespear radios. with adapters for about every phone.
Also you might check out the SPOT www.findmespot.com/
for emergencies, very affordable ($150 + $100/yr) for wilderness emergencie response, if you cant get yourself back to a car or elsewhere.
also if you are hiking, dont forget blister supplies for your feet, as this is very comon. as well as comon meds you might use at home, like asprin or head ache stuff, or benedryl for allergies.
I highly recommend spending a couple bucks on some QuikClot in liu of a tourniquet. Like dreamsailboat says, even if ... heck especially after being trained with one you'd probably never use it. QuikClot, you can dump on a wound that would leak a 1/4 cup of blood or one that would spurt out two pints. Docs can take it out if you live too, and it won't cost the arm/leg if you use it.