Put my FAK to good use today. Took about a quarter size chunk of flesh and skin out of my leg today being careless with scissors. Pretty painful,and lots of blood, but I got to play with all the toys in my FAK. Always a great thing to have around.
First Aid Kit
Posted 28 June 2015 - 10:30 AM
Great suggestions all around. I keep two FAK in my EDC bag (one general kit and one field surgery kit) and a half dozen smaller ones throughout the house/shop/car etc. I'll toss a bit of crazy glue in several of them now.
One thing to consider is dealing with shock. I did Ice Rescue/CWR on Lake Michigan and Lake Superior in the CG, and while it might be less purposeful in, say, Arizona, an Emergency Blanket is VITAL. Hypothermia is a real threat, and even in normal temperatures blood loss can simulate the effects enough to warrant inclusion. The silver thin ones that fold into tiny boxes are fantastic, cheap, take up very little space, just don't try to refold them back
Posted 23 July 2015 - 09:02 AM
It has heat blankets p (which are like body warmers on steroids) to treat hypothermia, because I figure if someone is to develop it its more likely it will happen if they fall off the kayak during an accident or something. It also has more heat blankets and more cpr and airway capabities and stuff like that.
So rather than keep several, similar kits everywhere I keep them specialised to their purpose/enviroment.
The one I have on me on day to day college is influenced by the fact that my campus is right next to a college hospital that is huge, so I don't need splints or anything too big because the hospital staff can get to the farthest point in the campus in 10 mins or less.
So far, the one that rides in my backpack to college has: (and yes I do have training)
Hemostatic gauze ( the big kind, this time is quickclot combat gauze)
Hemostatic gauze, the small 3x3 deal
Compeed blister bandaids
Manuka honey + ginger + echinacea lozenges ( honey for sore throats, but the ginger in the can settle your stomach too)
Paracetamol (analgesic / antipiretic)
Arnica balm, for when you bang you lil toe in a piece of forniture or stuff like that.
After bite cream
Aloe vera gel.
BurGel for the more painfull and severe stuff where aloe vera is not analgesic enough.
Posted 23 July 2015 - 05:31 PM
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 12:30 PM
I carry a vehicle IFAK with an added 'ouchy kit' for minor cuts etc. It is a modification of the IFAK I carried when deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. I don't presently carry an IFAK on my belt or in pockets but I have a 'cargo pocket' kit to handle ouchies, and heavier bleeding... bandaids, crazy glue, steripads, one small QuickClot, a pair of latex gloves, and a rubber hospital type tourniquet. I carry that one when I travel on foot in some higher threat level area's, and for short hikes.
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