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Old 04-01-2013, 8:22 AM
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Describe the contents of your first aid kits!

This is becoming an FAQ.

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Old 04-01-2013, 9:27 AM
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tag.

I've been focusing on medical stuff lately (mostly research) and very interested to see what people have. Mine is pretty basic.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:09 AM
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I just put together my rip away emt pouch from condor. Waiting on my cats to get here will post then.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:52 AM
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http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/...st%20Aid%201.0

^^this,
Plus I added the following items:
super glue
hospital grade tylenol
a few benadryl
extra antibiotic ointment
magnesium firestarter
bic lighter
tweezers
space blanket
pocket knife
50 feet of paracord
bandana
a couple moist towelettes

its pretty full right now but i plan on adding a couple quick clot bandages

I use it regularly for hiking and so far its held up to all practical application i've needed it for (small scrapes, cuts, splinters)
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http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/...st%20Aid%201.0

^^this,
Plus I added the following items:
super glue
hospital grade tylenol
a few benadryl
extra antibiotic ointment
magnesium firestarter
bic lighter
tweezers
space blanket
pocket knife
50 feet of paracord
bandana
a couple moist towelettes

its pretty full right now but i plan on adding a couple quick clot bandages

I use it regularly for hiking and so far its held up to all practical application i've needed it for (small scrapes, cuts, splinters)
That's basically what I have. Instead of quick clot, I added a small bottle of alum, (from the grocery store) and a couple of maxi-pads. Also some duct tape.
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Old 04-01-2013, 2:10 PM
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this is the kit i'm puting together right now.

1 of SOF Tactical Tourniquet
1 of Israeli Battle Dressing Bandage 12" Abdominal Trauma
2 of Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing Compression Bandage
1 of Israeli Emergency Bandage - 6" Slider
2 of S-Rolled Gauze - 4.5" x 4.1yds
2 of Z-Pak Dressing
1 of CELOX Hemostatic - 15 gram
2 of QuikClot Sport 50g ( 2nd gen non burning)
6 of Tincture of Benzoin Ampules
30 of Povidone Iodine Swabs Ampules
1 of ADC ADSAFE Pocket Rescusitator
1 of Tension Pneumothorax Decompression Needle, 3.25
1 of Asherman Chest Seal
1 of HALO Seals
1 of Scalpel, #11
1 of Irrigation Syringe, 60cc
1 of Survival Blanket
1 of Water Jel Burn Dressing - 2"x6"
1 of Water Jel Burn Dressing - 4"x4
1 of Disposable Penlight
1 of Nasopharyngeal Airway, 30Fr and 34Fr
1 of Uncle Bill's Tweezers
10 of Ammonia Inhalant
1 of EMT EMS Surgical Skin Stapler
30 of 3M Steri-Strip reinforced Skin Closures - 1/2" x 4"
10 of Nitrile Gloves
1 of Surgical Scissors, 4.5" Sterile
1 of EMT Shears - 7.25
2 of 12oz SALINE SOLUTION
1 of saline Wound Wash spray 7oz
1 of 4oz eye wash with eye cup

and dedicated basic fir aid pack of band aids, pain meds, wipes and so on.
also thinking about getting Lactated Ringers INJ. USP IV fluid with IV starter kit in case we have someone who KNOWs how to do it for massive blood loss and saline IV with foley catheters to infuse via rectal infusion and Oral Rehydration Salts for dehydration.
any suggestion to add would be appreciated.

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I ave two of these.

http://www.narescue.com/Warrior_Aid_...80649A981.html

Plus

Burn kit
Plenty of kerlix
Quick clot
Eye patches & eye wash
A host of OTC Meds
A few sligs
A host of different bandages in many shapes & sizes
Alcohol
Dehydration salts
Gatorade
Water tablets
Wound wash
Chem lights
Flashlight & extra batteries
Insect repellent
CBR Pocket Resuscitator
A small stove w/plenty of fuel tablets
A cup
2 days of food & water
Iodine solution & tablets.
Moleskin
100 223 rounds
50 45 rounds

Rope
Minor surgery kit
Sutures
Every bag I have has a radio & a compas attached

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Old 04-01-2013, 3:31 PM
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http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/...st%20Aid%201.0

^^this,
Plus I added the following items:
super glue
hospital grade tylenol
a few benadryl
extra antibiotic ointment
magnesium firestarter
bic lighter
tweezers
space blanket
pocket knife
50 feet of paracord
bandana
a couple moist towelettes

its pretty full right now but i plan on adding a couple quick clot bandages

I use it regularly for hiking and so far its held up to all practical application i've needed it for (small scrapes, cuts, splinters)
That is one sweet first aid kit for the range bag great price thanks for the share!
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Old 04-01-2013, 4:49 PM
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This is my medical kit only, all others are going to be in my BOB.
First, the burn kit. the only thing i'm missing from the kit your recomending is the pain reliving gel, i'll get one.
hypothermia i'll get this kit http://www.chinookmed.com/cgi-bin/it...--------------
minor surgery kit.. i currently have this http://www.amazon.com/Military-Style...ds=surgery+kit (should i be look for a better kit?).
and on suture kit, i really should get one since skin staples are meant to be two person job but suturing can be done by one person. ( what needle size do you recommend?)

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Old 04-01-2013, 5:09 PM
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Do ya'll know how to use this stuff?

No point in having it w/o the proper knowledge. A wilderness first aid or even an EMTclass would be a good idea.
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Old 04-01-2013, 6:31 PM
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@ Rockit
Wilderness Fiest responder trained. Great class. If you get a chance to take one you should. I also participated cert drills in Oakland.

@BlueCrash
That pain reliever gel works wonders. 1st hand account. Get cocoa butter as well. I have a basic surgery kit. I have nylon 3/8 circle needle sutures. I need more & a practice kit
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Old 04-01-2013, 7:03 PM
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@onetyme
is that a nols wmi course, what location did you take it at? recently took there wfa class and loved it so much want to take the wfr class. Would do emt but its too much time off work.

@bluecrush
why so many items that are the same but from different manufactures? Buy whats on sale? Or picked up over time? I like to find what works and I know and use it. plus what I know my friends have been trained to use?
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@Mindwip
I did a medical associates 5 day class. There' one coming up in May in San Diego. You have to be dedicated though. Lots of material.
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thanks will look them up! I have been fr and emt trained before but both have lapsed.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:17 AM
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That is one sweet first aid kit for the range bag great price thanks for the share!
No problem! That manufacturer has a some other kits as well you may want to check out. I picked the one i linked due to the small size, good for hiking and has some space to add on what fit my needs personally

plus the price was right
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hospital grade tylenol
What is "hospital grade Tylenol" and what would you use it for?
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this is the kit i'm puting together right now.

1 of SOF Tactical Tourniquet
1 of Israeli Battle Dressing Bandage 12" Abdominal Trauma
2 of Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing Compression Bandage
1 of Israeli Emergency Bandage - 6" Slider
2 of S-Rolled Gauze - 4.5" x 4.1yds
2 of Z-Pak Dressing
1 of CELOX Hemostatic - 15 gram
2 of QuikClot Sport 50g ( 2nd gen non burning)
6 of Tincture of Benzoin Ampules
30 of Povidone Iodine Swabs Ampules
1 of ADC ADSAFE Pocket Rescusitator
1 of Tension Pneumothorax Decompression Needle, 3.25
1 of Asherman Chest Seal
1 of HALO Seals
1 of Scalpel, #11
1 of Irrigation Syringe, 60cc
1 of Survival Blanket
1 of Water Jel Burn Dressing - 2"x6"
1 of Water Jel Burn Dressing - 4"x4
1 of Disposable Penlight
1 of Nasopharyngeal Airway, 30Fr and 34Fr
1 of Uncle Bill's Tweezers
10 of Ammonia Inhalant
1 of EMT EMS Surgical Skin Stapler
30 of 3M Steri-Strip reinforced Skin Closures - 1/2" x 4"
10 of Nitrile Gloves
1 of Surgical Scissors, 4.5" Sterile
1 of EMT Shears - 7.25
2 of 12oz SALINE SOLUTION
1 of saline Wound Wash spray 7oz
1 of 4oz eye wash with eye cup

and dedicated basic fir aid pack of band aids, pain meds, wipes and so on.
also thinking about getting Lactated Ringers INJ. USP IV fluid with IV starter kit in case we have someone who KNOWs how to do it for massive blood loss and saline IV with foley catheters to infuse via rectal infusion and Oral Rehydration Salts for dehydration.
any suggestion to add would be appreciated.
To much stuff bud. If you are in that situation..get out. 2 Tourniquets and 2 field dressings. 2 scaples and plenty of sutures. Unless you have a medical license to start an IV and know the reason you should or shouldn't..bad idea. Two hemos, two tweezers, 2 needle drivers, big and small scissors. Your steri strips are great, but have you ever inserted an nasel trumpet? You can do more damage than good, better to have an OPA since NT is primarly for suctioning. Loose the eye cup and quadruple your NS quantity. Use the 60cc for clear water flush. With all that cutting, you're going to need lido and a syringe for wheel injections. Gloves and alcohol are good ideas. Chest seal can be accomplished with plastic wrap and vasaline, they have more uses.
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Stethoscope
Pen Light
Tongue Depressors
Bandage tape
Exam Gloves
Baby Wipes
Bandage scissors
Tourniquets
Kelly forceps
Mosquito forceps
Thumb forceps
#15 scalpel blades
2-0 and 3-0 PDS and nylon suture
Olsen Hegar needle drivers
Betadine solution
Chlorhexadine solution
Hydrogen peroxide
Isopropol alcohol
Cotton balls
Gauze squares
Gauze cling wrap
Vetwrap
Band-aids
18g IVC
Liter bags of LRS

Dyphenhydramine
Ibuprofen
Vicodin
Diazepam
Saline solution
Triple antibiotic ointment
Hydrocortosone ointment
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Coming soon once my cats get here. Will feature my day hike kit, over night hike kit, event/car kit and home kit.
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Coming soon once my cats get here. Will feature my day hike kit, over night hike kit, event/car kit and home kit.
Your cats???
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CAT. to be more correct.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003EGD8YC
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I started with this from Amazon
and then modified

Color-coded the segments (in this pic, mine would be Blue, White, Red, pockets on top are "2", bottom "1") where Red is 'simple, common', White 1 is the 'catch-all', White 2 and Blue are generally 'complicated, serious'. (That is, for me, this picture is upside down - I like the straps to the right. Used colored duct tape to cover the centers, between the pockets, for R/W/B.)

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First Aid Kit INVENTORY 	November 28 2012 (UPGRADE)

Quantity	Location	Description
		
115	1 Red 1	Bandaids, 3/4 x 2 1/2 
6	1 Red 1	Insect bite wipes
16	1 Red 1	Alcohol prep wipes
35	1 Red 1	Povidone iodine wipes
15	1 Red 1	Benzalkonium wipes
15	1 Red 1	Hand cleaner wipes
5	1 Red 1	Small butterfly bandages
10	1 Red 1	3 x 2 bandaids
10	1 Red 1	Knuckle bandages
10	1 Red 1	Medi-strip 1/4 x 1 1/2
10	1 Red 1	Medi-strip 1/8 x 3 
		
2	1 Red 1	Tongue depressors

5	1 Red 1	Short rolls plastic tape 
6                      1” x 30 ft
4	1 Red 1	Triple antibiotic 
7	1 Red 1	Tylenol 325 2-pack
1 	1 Red 1	Neosporin tube
1	1 Red 1	Burn spray
		
1	1 Red 1	Eyewash neutral saline 4 oz
		
		
7	1 Red 2	1 in safety pins
4	1 Red 2	Instant ice cold packs
	1 Red 2	Safety pins bigger
2	1 Red 2	Triangular bandages
100	1 Red 2	Q tips
4	1 Red 2	Burn cream
5	1 Red 2	Lube jelly
2 	1 Red 2	Burn gel
1	1 Red 2	Soap 
1	1 Red 2	Lip balm
2	1 Red 2	Ammonia inhalant
1	1 Red 2	Calamine lotion, 6 oz
2	1 Red 2	eyepads
6	1 Red 2	Blister pads
1 vial ea	1 Red 2	ibuprophen / tylenol
15	1 Red 2	2 x 3 non-adherent pads
6	1 Red 2	6 x 75” Rolled gauze 
		
		
1	2 White 1	Sharpie
1	2 White 1	First Aid book 
?	2 White 1	Ear plugs 
?	2 White 1	Latex gloves (ADDED nitrile)
1	2 White 1	Stethoscope 
1	1 White 1	EMT shears
1	1 White 1	penlight
1	1 White 1	Hand sanitizer
		
		
10	2 White 2	3 x 3 gauze
5	2 White 2	4 x 4 gauze MORE
5	2 White 2	Rolled ‘bleed stop’ bandage
		
6	2 White 2	TAPE,OPTIPLASTE ELASTIC ADHESIVE,1"X 4.9YDS
4	2 White 2	4”Israeli compression bandages
1	2 White 2	‘Adventure’ trauma kit
		
		
12	3 Blue 1	Elastic bandages, 2” x 4.5 yards
10	3 Blue 1	Abd pads
2	3 Blue 1	Airways 
1	3 Blue 1	Suture kit
                        Scalpel handle, blade
                        Suture needle, 3-nylon, 2/0 silk
                        Tweezers
                        2 hemostats
1	3 Blue 1	Rolled splint
2	3 Blue 1	Elastic bandages, 6”
1	3 Blue 1	Tourniquet (CAT)
1	3 Blue 1	‘Adventure’ trauma kit
                        BANDAGE MATERIALS- 
                        1 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg/2; 1 Dressing, 
                        Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg/2; 1 Conforming Gauze, 3"; 
                        BLEEDING- 1 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"; 1 Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe; 
                        1 QuikClot Sport 25g; DUCT TAPE-1 Duct Tape, 2" x 26"; FRACTURE/SPRAIN-1 Bandage,
                        Triangular; WOUND CARE- 4 After Cuts & Scrapes Anethestic/Antispectic wipe 

6	3 Blue 2	12 x 30 dressings
Note I am a licensed CA RN. (ETA - that's to note the correct admonition, "don't just have stuff, get training to use it" applies to me, too; I spent a couple years full time getting the training. And I'm looking for refreshers.)
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What is "hospital grade Tylenol" and what would you use it for?
http://www.drugs.com/imprints/ip-465-13674.html

sorry its not tylenol, its actually 600mg ibuprofen.

I have some left over from my last ER visit. Since its in my first aid kit that I take hiking, I want something stronger than regular tylenol or ibuprofen for a worst case scenario of breaking or spraining something.
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heres kit closed, kit open, kit partially expanded. bandana listed in a previous post but not shown, currently in dirty laundry.
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I keep a large duffel bag for a FAK and it doubles as a toiletry/hygiene kit. As far as first aid..I bought one of those 300pc $20 kits from Sam's Club. Then I added a bunch of stuff on my own since most of that stuff is basic band-aids,etc...mostly just filler for the kit. I'd post a pic but don't know how to upload it from my iphone.
I added:
Bottle of Hyrdrogen Peroxide
Bottle of Alcohol
Saline (2)
Eye Wash (2)
Burn gel/cream
CPR mask(s)
EMT shears/extra small knife
Basic face masks(exposure protection from blood,coughing,etc)
Cheap pair of safety glasses (again exposure protection from blood,coughing,etc)
Quikclot
More 4x4s,tape,bandages,trauma pads,kerlix,etc.
More wipes (cleaning,anti-bacterial,baby..3 types..they all serve a purpose IMHO)
Pads for wife
SAM Splint
Snake Bite Kit
Moleskin Kit
Superglue
Neosporin
Nitrile gloves..a bunch!! Ditched the latex..nothing like finding out after the fact that the person you might be helping such as a neighbor is allergic to latex!!
Ice packs
Dental Kit
More OTC meds (don't forget meds for kids) I buy stuff with the longest expiration date when it comes time to replace stock. For example..if Advil has a longer shelf life for a $1 or 2 more than the bottle of Motrin..I'll pay the extra for whichever bottle is going to be able to sit longer. Wal-mart always seems to have a large bargain bin with meds for .99 I pick some of those basic meds up in case if it were to be that I give some stuff out to a stranger in need or a nearby neighbor I'm not too close with, but still know.
Hand warmers
Sunscreen
Chapstick
Lighter(s)
Extra ponchos and emergency blankets
Sharpie/pen/pencil/small notepad
Small flashlight/headlamp/extra batteries (working on someone in the dark is much easier with a headlamp vs a hand-held)
Anything not in a bottle gets bagged up in 1-gallon Ziploc bags to protect against moisture. Although they aren't waterproof bags, I figure it helps a bit and I now have extra bags to use for cleanup,or disposal of other stuff.
I also keep a small tarp on the bottom of the bag..again..protection of contents of bag should I have to set it somewhere wet and I have no other option. I also keep some rope,webbing,caribeeners,next to this bag along with a pair of leather utility gloves.
I know I'm leaving stuff out..this is just from memory. Each vehicle has a GHB with a much smaller version of this..IFAK. And this bag goes with us in the trailer whenever we go camping to add to the similar kit already in there.
Also, I think it should be pointed out..with regards to tourniquets..keeping one is important..but you should also know when/how to use it and hopefully have the training to realize it's your last resort depending on the injury since your patient is most likely going to lose that limb. People seem to forget that direct pressure/pressure point/elevating injured limb goes a long way when it comes to bleeding control. My .02

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This kit rides under the back seat of my truck and take it with me when I'm on the boat. If I'm hiking, skiing, mountain biking, or doing something where carrying this isn't practical, then I keep a smaller, very basic kit in my backpack/Camelbak.

With heart attacks being as prevalent as they are, I'm surprised that nobody has aspirin listed. ACLS of old has an acronym for heart patients: MONA - Morphine, Oxygen, Nitroglycerin, Aspirin. Yeah, yeah ... ACLS has changed, but the mnemonic still works.

Since nobody but licensed medics should be carrying morphine & nitro in the field and oxygen is too bulky for most, aspirin is readily available. Would I give it to a stranger as a good Samaritan? Probably not, but I would give it to family and friends.

I took this pic a week ago when I was swapping out expired stuff.

- Various bandages Kerlix/4x4/ABDs/Nonsticks/petroleum drsgs/steri-strips/bandaids
- pocket mask
- gloves
- glasses
- staple kit
- Kelly's / Needle drivers
- Trauma shears
- various suturing supplies
- various skin prep stuff for above
- Duct tape, ACE, and various tapes
- Saline for eye washing
- Chap stick
- Triple Abx ointment
- suture removal kit (for tweezers and small scissors)
- Whistle
- Thermometer
- Sharpie / note pad / extra ziplock baggies
- Fingernail clippers
- Pen light
- Children's chewable Aspirin 81mg
- Synthetic wool blanket (stays next to bag under the seat of my truck)
- Children's dye-free liquid benedryl (in the bag)
- Epi-pen (in the bag, wife has allergies to certain insect venoms)
- 200mg ibuprofen tabs, 500mg acetaminophen tabs
- All in a med bag purchased from Amazon. ($16)

Not pictured:
- O2 bottle / bag with NRBs and Hiflow cannulas (still in the truck)

This is just what I could see without listing every type of dressing, etc.


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sorry its not tylenol, its actually 600mg ibuprofen.

I have some left over from my last ER visit. Since its in my first aid kit that I take hiking, I want something stronger than regular tylenol or ibuprofen for a worst case scenario of breaking or spraining something.

regular OTC ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc) contain 200mg/tablet so you can just take 3 to get the same effect
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This kit rides under the back seat of my truck and take it with me when I'm on the boat. If I'm hiking, skiing, mountain biking, or doing something where carrying this isn't practical, then I keep a smaller, very basic kit in my backpack/Camelbak.

With heart attacks being as prevalent as they are, I'm surprised that nobody has aspirin listed. ACLS of old has an acronym for heart patients: MONA - Morphine, Oxygen, Nitroglycerin, Aspirin. Yeah, yeah ... ACLS has changed, but the mnemonic still works.

Since nobody but licensed medics should be carrying morphine & nitro in the field and oxygen is too bulky for most, aspirin is readily available. Would I give it to a stranger as a good Samaritan? Probably not, but I would give it to family and friends.

I took this pic a week ago when I was swapping out expired stuff.

- Various bandages Kerlix/4x4/ABDs/Nonsticks/petroleum drsgs/steri-strips/bandaids
- pocket mask
- gloves
- glasses
- staple kit
- Kelly's / Needle drivers
- Trauma shears
- various suturing supplies
- various skin prep stuff for above
- Duct tape, ACE, and various tapes
- Saline for eye washing
- Chap stick
- Triple Abx ointment
- suture removal kit (for tweezers and small scissors)
- Whistle
- Thermometer
- Sharpie / note pad / extra ziplock baggies
- Fingernail clippers
- Pen light
- Children's chewable Aspirin 81mg
- Synthetic wool blanket (stays next to bag under the seat of my truck)
- Children's dye-free liquid benedryl (in the bag)
- Epi-pen (in the bag, wife has allergies to certain insect venoms)
- 200mg ibuprofen tabs, 500mg acetaminophen tabs
- All in a med bag purchased from Amazon. ($16)

Not pictured:
- O2 bottle / bag with NRBs and Hiflow cannulas (still in the truck)

This is just what I could see without listing every type of dressing, etc.

When I was in EMT class it was always baby aspirin (chewable). I'll never forget watching a TIA pt. recovering movement in her arm and the doctor saying to me, that's the power of aspirin. She went from no movement in her arm to being able to lift it up and down. I guess I'm using an example of a brain attack not a heart attack but same principal. I'm now a believer in aspirin.
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... I'm now a believer in aspirin.
Yep. Low dose aspirin, 325mg, according to most studies. Chewable actually gets into the blood stream the fastest, about 4 to 6 minutes vs up to 14 minutes for regular adult aspirin. The adage in emergency medicine, "time is tissue" really comes into play in both MI and CVAs. Generally speaking, the faster you can treat the problem, the better the patient's outcome will be.

Use aspirin VERY cautiously in cerebral vascular events though because it can make hemorrhagic strokes worse. Even the best trained MDs want the benefit of a CT scan to rule out a bleed before treating stroke symptoms. An ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke often present with very similar symptoms, but they have an ENTIRELY different treatment algorithm.

I also carry liquid Benedryl because it's absorbed more quickly and is easier to swallow. For mild to moderate allergic reactions, most MDs will prescribe 25mg-50mg unless they go the IV route at which point they don't even bother with Benedryl.

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In no particular order:

two pairs scissors, (one of those angled shears, and one plier type, 2' blades, sharp)

16 ga. wire (50 feet or so)

fabric adhesive bandages

flashlight

paper tape

shoe lace

tampons

book on edible plants, their uses, and a section on poisonous plants

CPR mouth shield

Basic first aid/cpr guide for the uninitiated

ace bandages (small, and large)

super glue

charcoal capsules

Ibuprofen

antihistamines

flint striker

Moleskin

Antibiotic ointment

4x4" cotton bandages

gauze roll


To add:

mechanics gloves (the non-latex disposable variety)

snake bite kit

sharpies

alchohol

More of the stuff mentioned above
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Those are some good looking kits!

Really my kit is more geared to minor things that I could handle without any medical training (from a splint to minor bleeding/gashes). Nothing really life threatening.

I have a mini kit that I carry daily, it contains:
Super glue
bandages
gauze
moleskin
latex gloves
q-tips
hydrocortozone
neosporin
whistle
over-the-counter pain relievers
This is an old picture. I have since moved it to a smaller watertight bag:



For my starter kit, I bought an Adventure Medical Sportsman kit:
And then went to walmart and packed it FULL of lots of stuff from more bandaids to a tube of neosporin.


(contents listed in left to right, top to bottom)
gauze pads, surgical sponges - various sizes
wrapping
long q-tips
tampons (for real purpose or medical)
q-tips
moleskin
second skin
sting eze
more gauze pads
scissors
super glue
artificial tears
gauze
anticeptic towlettes
after cuts and burns
latex gloves
bandaids - various sizes
medical tape
tube triple antibiotic ointment
after-bite
ointments
prescription pain killers (with perscription included) - saved from past motorcycle accident
Ibuprofen
Tylenol
pepto
teasers
scissors
medical guide - came with the kit
safety pins



I decided that these are great and all but after going through some additional medical training through CERT and investigating other emergency medical classes available (which I haven't yet signed up for). I decided I wanted a bigger kit. So just this week I purchased an empty Blackhawk STOMP used on ebay for about $95:

It's coming empty so I plan on starting to pick up stuff a little bit at a time till I have it built out.
A lot of you have great suggestions too. Librarian, I really like how you have everything labeled by pocket, I'm going to have to do that and laminate it for a packing list so I can find what I need.
This bag is going to be my big 'first aid cabinet' for home use.
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Yep. Low dose aspirin, 325mg, according to most studies. Chewable actually gets into the blood stream the fastest, about 4 to 6 minutes vs up to 14 minutes for regular adult aspirin. The adage in emergency medicine, "time is tissue" really comes into play in both MI and CVAs. Generally speaking, the faster you can treat the problem, the better the patient's outcome will be.

Use aspirin VERY cautiously in cerebral vascular events though because it can make hemorrhagic strokes worse. Even the best trained MDs want the benefit of a CT scan to rule out a bleed before treating stroke symptoms. An ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke often present with very similar symptoms, but they have an ENTIRELY different treatment algorithm.

I also carry liquid Benedryl because it's absorbed more quickly and is easier to swallow. For mild to moderate allergic reactions, most MDs will prescribe 25mg-50mg unless they go the IV route at which point they don't even bother with Benedryl.
Ya, I would agree there. I didn’t give aspirin for stroke. It was in a Trauma room and I was just there as an observer. We were looking at pics of the clot on the screen. We could even see a previous stroke. Still it was super cool watching the lady recover right there in front of us. And it illustrated the affect of aspirin on a clot really well, I won’t forget it. I guess thinking back now he was probably referring to her daily dose, she certainly wasn't taking it PO at the time.

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A couple of things you guys might want to consider adding...

A Shemagh - they make great triangular bandages for broken arms/collar bones.
SAM splints - leg, arm, and finger sizes
latex tubing
A small roll of duct tape...good for splinting
Compressioin (ace) bandages. Not only good for wrapping sprains they can also be used for splinting
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samsplits if you carry the big one you can cut it to size with your shears. I would avoid duct tape on splints in an urban area. Will do in a pinch but when its coming off in an hour or so you dont need something like that.

Just an fyi amazon has a universal splint for like 6-7 bucks. I have one and its great. Basicly the same as my sam.
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A couple of things you guys might want to consider adding...

A Shemagh - they make great triangular bandages for broken arms/collar bones.
SAM splints - leg, arm, and finger sizes
latex tubing
A small roll of duct tape...good for splinting
Compressioin (ace) bandages. Not only good for wrapping sprains they can also be used for splinting
Great tips. I carry a Shemagh and duct tape/gorilla tape in both my EDC and my BoB. Been looking at the 36" SAM splint II but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

School me on latex tubing. I won't be doing any injections and that's the only thing I can think it's best used for. What other purposes could it be for?
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Great tips. I carry a Shemagh and duct tape/gorilla tape in both my EDC and my BoB. Been looking at the 36" SAM splint II but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

School me on latex tubing. I won't be doing any injections and that's the only thing I can think it's best used for. What other purposes could it be for?
last resort tournquet or can be used to drain an open wound after suturing. You'd need some med experience for the second one.

I also keep the tubing and some plastic sheet so I can make a solar still.
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As Promised here are my 4 kits. I made all 4 from my main kit the Adventure-Medical-Comprehensive-Kit. Also the 3 non military bags you see all also came with the kit. I will only list what i have added that was not included in the Comprehensive kit as needed.

Highly recommend NOLS WMI store for 12cc syringe (Most i see are huge 25-60 cc, 12 is great for backing packing small and light), Wound closure pack and some small items, sisccors, micro tweezers.
Wound closure pack is great for $4!
gauze
closure-strips
transparent semi-permeable dressing (This stuff is not cheap)
Compound Benzoin Tincture
http://store.nols.edu/Store/pc/First...s&ProdSort=19&



http://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Medi.../dp/B0001FLSYQ



Adventure-Medical-Comprehensive-Kit

This is my stay at home kit, while i do have other things most home stuff came from here, i have put in extra 4X4s gauze and band-aids.

Bandage Materials
10 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
10 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
2 Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3"
2 Bandage, Stockinette Tubular, 1" x 4"
4 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
4 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
4 Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3" x 4"
2 Eye Pad, Sterile

Bleeding
3 Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe (Intl)
1 Instructions, Easy Care Bleeding
1 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
1 Trauma Pad, 8" x 10"

Blister / Burn
1 Aloe Vera Gel with Lidocaine, 1 oz
2 GlacierGel (Small Rectangular)
1 Molefoam, 3" x 5"
22 Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (11 pieces)

CPR
1 CPR Face Shield, Laerdal
1 Instructions, Easy Care CPR

Dental
1 Dentemp, Filling Mixture with Pain Relief

Duct Tape
1 Duct Tape, 2" x 5 Yards

Fracture / Sprain
1 Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 3"
2 Bandage, Triangular
1 Instructions, Easy Care Fracture & Sprain
1 SAMŽ Splint, 4" x 36"

Instrument
1 EMT Shears, 4"
1 Pencil
3 Safety Pins
1 Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
1 Thermometer, Digital

Medical Information
1 Comp. Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine
3 Patient Assessment Form

Medication
5 Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2
3 After Bite Wipe
1 Antacid, Pkg./12
6 Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
2 Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
5 Cold Medicine, Medicidin-D, Pkg./2
3 Cortisone Cream 1%, 1/32 oz (.9 g)
6 Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1
1 Glutose Paste (Glucose 15 g)
5 Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
1 Instructions, Easy Care Medications
2 Oral Rehydration Salts

Other
2 Aloksak Waterproof Bag, 6" x 9"
2 Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Large
2 Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Small

Survival Tools
1 Matches, Waterproof

Suture / Syringe
1 Scalpel, Sterile, Disposable, #11 Blade

Wound Care
6 After Cuts & Scrapes Antiseptic Wipe
2 Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2
1 Instructions, Easy Care Wound
2 Povidone Iodine, 3/4 oz
1 Scrub Brush, Sterile
1 Syringe, Irrigation, 20 cc, 18 Gauge Tip
1 Tape, 1" x 10 Yards
3 Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive, Vial
4 Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use
1 Wound Closure Strips, 1/4" x 4", Pkg./10



This is my day hike first aid kit. Also used when biking. Stays in my car with my day hike bag at all times. Sorta my GHB. I have other survival stuff but only showing first aid. Basicly what you see is what you get. Stop bleeding and common bumps.




This is my Over Night back packing first aid kit. It is low on meds because they are stored with my tooth brush. Same as Day kit but a few more items. Clot bandage being the main one.




This is my new kit i have been putting together. It is for events i volunteer at where people are in uniform hence the ACU. I would not have it in that colour otherwise. Will become my car first aid kit when not in use. Something to handle a wider range of events. Notice Universal Splint, a few "EMT" instruments, CAT, Meds in marked vials. Lots of ways to splint and stop bleeding. The two most common things i see happening with this kit. Not pictured is a nasopharyngeal airway, scalpel and chest seal (have not bought, currently use a piece of plastic, not as fancy but works.)

This bag is GREAT highly recommend, Its a rip away tri-fold that is meant to fall open when opened so you can see it all at once. Condor EMT pouch rip away.

I have everything packed so that when opened nothing falls out.

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I have several different kits/bags for different situations
one on my vest, one in my EDC, and the largest one in my car with folding stretcher, burn kit and BVM.
all of them have plenty CAT/SFOTT tourniquets

I was an EMT-B and had TCCC training to use all my equipments.
training is far more important than the gear IMO, a well trained person could stop bleeding with duct tape and towel.

for beginner, I recommend AMK's new trauma kit

it has enough supply for most trauma.

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A lot of great kits here, I personally choose to keep mine rather small as its my regular outdoors kit for hiking, there are other first aid supplies at my house but for those with more in depth kits are these part of your EDC? BOB? Or home exclusive? I'm interested on personal input as to where and why it is carried or stashed. Thanks
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