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7/9/2013 8:35 PM
I have been working on making a First Aid kit . I tried using the search function and , didn't come up with anything . Hopefully this hasn't been covered to death . I wanted to make a kit using the basics but , have items for more serious problems such as gunshot wounds or serious bleeding from other issues that a person may encounter while hunting or whatever . It seems that most "kits" are very tactical in nature and seem to include things that I don't really have experience with . So , looking for ideas . I have bought a package of celox , I have lived my entire life not ever needing anything like this but , one never knows , I have been carrying the Sawyer snake bite kit for years . I have other basic items but , I don't want a kit that weighs 20 pounds either .
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7/10/2013 9:04 AM

I carry three types - all weigh between half and two pounds. 

Compressed gauze - 4.5" wide and 4 yds long x 2, Triangular Bandage - for slings and splints, assorted adhesive bandages, super glue, steri strips x 3 packages, Motrin Extra Strength (inflammation and pain) x 10, Tylenol Extra Strength (pain) x 10, Asprin (headaches and bites - can be crushed and applied to a bad wasp or bee sting under an adhesive bandage x 10 and iodine (cleaning), shears or heavy duty scissors.  I add water purification tablets, eye drops and antihistamine also.  I keep this is a water proof aluminium sealed box so its waterproof and can be used as a boiling can.  I have Quick Clot, two Israeli dressing, a nasal airway tube and a Combat torniquet.  These are a holdover from numerous deployments but I don't think I will stop bringing these once  I retire from the Army.

This is about all you really need.


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7/13/2013 6:57 AM
That's good info. I allready have everything listed but triangular bandages and the nasal tube and torniquet.
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7/13/2013 8:13 AM

For solo trips or trips with a trusted (i.e. not clumsy and generally a menace) partner my FA kit has four items: gauze 4x4s, a roll of medical tape, tweezers, and a needle.  Add the rest of your pack and good training (WFR) and thats I'll I need.

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7/16/2013 6:06 PM


Sounds like a pretty good kit.

Do you rely only on gauze for blood absorbtion, or do you have other items on hand for that purpose (besides the Israeli dressings)?

Do you carry medical tape, or use something else (ex. duct tape)?

What are the dimensions of your kit?

You mention that you carry 3 types. Do they all contain these items in varying quantities, or are some items not carried, depending on the kit size?


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7/16/2013 6:27 PM

 Quik Clot is great stuff, too.  It has value in just about any 1st Aid / trauma kit.  Tampons, believe it or not, work well also....but just a word of caution on using tampons in a deep wound (penetrating trauma or GSW)....they actually hamper the clotting factor for controlling or stopping a big bleed.  They just keep trying to absorb more, which causes further volume loss...that's bad.  They're good as topical dressings, 'though.  Dependent on whether I might be participating in some kind of activity where a big wound or arterial bleed could happen, like climbing, hunting, chopping wood, etc., I 'll also carry a tourniquet.  A life savingdevice when properly used and far from definitive care.  Just some additional food for thought.

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7/17/2013 8:46 AM

Grodz - I use the compressed gauze for heavy bleeding or non-aerterial punctures.  I was taught to push the gauze into the wound (use your finger to push in the gauze by the corner).  Its very good for deep wounds that don't require Quik Clot.  I have only used that in Afghanistan, and it was the old stuff that burns, the new stuff doesn't produce heat, apparently.  Except for GSW, I can't think of an event that QC would be needed.

I always have medical tape and elec tape in my pocket.  Med tape for cuts or hot spots on the feet and elec tape / gun tape for fixing 'stuff'.

As for the size and contents - my belt kit and truck kit contain all the same.  My truck acts like my 'store' for the extra med kit that I can't / don't carry.  Its a standard AMA type with my added torniquet, Israeli's, QC etc.  My belt kit is 4"W x 4"D x 6"H, its from First Spear.  It's simply a small pouch that is stretchy and open sided, with a looped roll insert that is velcroed and snapped inside.  It's designed to pull out the insert one-handed, exposing all your med stuff in the elastic loops.  It is called the 'Self-Aid Medical Pocket with Insert'.  That one goes on my belt when in the field and in my hunting pack when hunting.

My pocket kit is 4" x 4", like a small cigar case of soft plastic.  It only contains normal cuts, bites bandadges, iodine and Motrin / Tylenol / Asprin.  I do put in one pack of steri strips and one pack of gauze.  This one is for when I am with the family and we are not more that and hour or two away from the truck.  If longer than that or fairly remote and rugged, I'll put the belt pouch in my Umlindi.

Hope it helps, hope you never need it.

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7/17/2013 8:19 PM


Thank you for the detailed info. This will help me optimize my own FA kit.

Best regards.

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8/23/2021 9:35 PM

Wow, very useful and informative discussion here. With the help of this I optimize my own medical first aid kit. Thanks!

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