I try to have some plasters in meh wallet and a small booboo kit in the bag. Containing things like one or two gauze pads, more plasters but of different sizes also including some made especially for chafed feet, some aspirin, anti mosquito lotion, alcohol pads and other stuff that just happens to be there.
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Q, I said the same about Quikclot on EDCF and got slightly stomped on by a military medic. Apparently its come on a long way. The newer stuff is covered so it doesn't melt into the wound and need to be cut out. But I might still be wrong, especially as you may have actual experience.
I'd think about the injuries your willing to treat and go from there. Most likely in my opinion...
Burn - burn gel Deep cut - tampon or Israeli bandage Small cut - stretch plaster roll and low adherence pads (cut to size ASD needed) To hold things together .. superglue, duct tape/electricians tape For meds- paracetamol, anti-hystamine, anti-diarrhea, pro-plus(caffeine wake up), antacid(cos I'm old).
Major injury would not be covered by this, I know.
BTW, thcone started a threads about IFAKs which might duplicate this one.
In my mind, a first aid kit and an IFAK are to entirely different things for handling very different situations. The former is for minor inconveniences and the other is for an exceptionally bad day.
I didn't show it in that IFAK thread, but in the same bag (different pocket) I carry an Altoids type tin with a good assortment of bandaids, butterflies, some moleskin, a little duct tape, gauze, Bayer, and superglue. A slice of bicycling tube (Quix- you'd know this as a "Ranger Band") hold it closed. I tuck a SAK classic under the band for any minor self-surgery and, of course, the tweezers. Bandana in LR pocket. This will easily handle nearly everything you'd typically encounter during a normal day that would not need higher echelon care.
If you don't feel like going through the trouble of making your own, Adventure Medical makes various sizes of kits that, despite their "off the shelf" stigma, are pretty good. Some of these form the basis of the kits first aid kits that ride in our trucks and backpacks. While they all need to be customized for your particular situation, the benefit of a AMK is you get a good staring place and a dedicated bag.
Like I said in the IFAK thread, those types trauma oriented IFAKs are not for most people. And it should go without saying that the further away from help a person is, the more prudent it is to carry more- and not just supplies, knowledge too.
BTW, I PMed Corny about my thread being moved. Not that I care, but I wanted to apologize for creating work for him since I figured I put it in the wrong spot. I feel better knowing that it was because of our expansion and not my senility.
I just ran the idea up the flagpole to see who saluted. And I agree that IFAKs and FAKs are different.
Carrying multipurpose stuff dramatically reduces your load. Eg, if you wear a shemagh or wrap it round a bag handle, thats a good triangular bandage. Mostly your FAK is for use on other people (hopefully) so persdonaslly, if you want to carry small bits that a medic could use in the event of an accident, carry on, but its not just knowing how to use something, but WHEN to use as something. I've read that even medics don't like to use tourniquets, cos its easy to stop too much blood and the limb can 'die', but its clearly better than bleeding out. You can find out 'how to' from Youtube, but you can't get to know 'when to' without proper training. IMO.
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