I attended a tactical ems class this past week and it made me realize how much I needed an individual first aid kit for my patrol bag and vest.
However, deciding what should be in it is confusing. Some cat tourniquets, z pack gauze..and what else?
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Originally Posted By joker1:
Aspirin for heart attacks, Duct tape.
Glucose tabs for low blood sugar.
Good adds - in my personal IFAK I carry Aspirin for heart attacks as well as regular pain killers. I also put in a SAM splint, Benadryl, extra gauze, saline washout for the eyes, an emergency blanket, tape, sharp tweezers, and some basic burn creams and first-aid ointments. That's in addition to the stuff I listed in my above post, only this kit is for my hiking, hunting, etc. The IFAK on my chest rig only includes the same stuff we provide to our students, with the addition of tape.
Guys...seperate the IFAK meant to be a GunShot Wound (GSW) or Blow-Out kit, versus the everyday needs that is a Boo-Boo kit...
GSW Kits are the ones that need to be on you at all times, and can be nice and small and compact.
Start adding in the kitchen sink, and they get large, blocky, and inhibit the platform they're intended for. Only things on your Chest Rig/Vest/Etc should be things to Make Holes (Bullets), Plug Holes (GSW Kit), or a way to call people to make more holes. Everything else can be carried in a pack.
Boo-Boo kits are things that do not need to be carried on you immediately, but can be kept in a backpack with other 3rd Line gear or kept at the back of the line if training. Splints, pain killers, etc... are items that one can wait the time it takes to get them from the line or from the pack. It's not immediate. Tourniquets, absorbant gauze pads, and other items meant to control bleeding are the items intended to be kept on the body for immediate use.