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first aid kit question

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by barstoolguru, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. barstoolguru

    barstoolguru texas proud

    Jan 10, 2011
    dallas, tx
    Looking into get or putting together a medical bag for the common (not an EMT) person to render aid in case of a natural or manmade disaster. Question one: does anything in a premade medical bag have a shelf life (things that will go out of date) and is there a date on it as to say how old it is before buying it.
    Two: would it be better to build my own; are there things that I can do better?
  2. racerford


    Apr 22, 2003
    DFW area
    Most if not all the items will have an expiration date. However, with the exceptions of the medicine (antibitoic cream, aspirin, tylenol, allergy tabs, burn creams, etc) if the package is intact, it is likely OK.Even those may be OK us they are in extremes like a car. Ointments may separate. Just keep an eye on the an replace when they expire. Most are pretty cheap.

  3. robinsok


    May 9, 2007
    I think in the end you will be happier with building your own kit. Although i found out the hard way that it can get kind of expensive.

    I have posted this before, but here is what i ended up putting together.



    Maxpedition FR1
    Disposable Sterile Scalpel
    2 Johnson and Johnson 5x9 surgipad
    2 CVS 3x4 Non Stick Pads
    3 Propel Fitness Water Powder Packs
    1 Sharpie
    1 Streamlight Stylus Pro
    1 Tube Antibiotic Ointment
    Adhesive Medical Tape
    Self Cling non adhesive medical tape
    12 Band aid Brand Tough Strip Bandages Small
    1 pair Hemostats
    1 Pair Small Medical Scissors
    1 Tube Burts Bees Chapstick
    Alcohol Towelletes
    BZK Towelletes
    1 Pair Medical Rubber gloves in Ziplock
    1 wooden stick for removal of ointments from tube
    1 small baggie of cotton balls
    1 large sterile wrap bandage
    1 standard triangular sling badage
    4 Large Band Aid tough strip bandages
    1 Eye Patch
    1 Pair Tweezers
    1 American Red Cross first aid book
    8 OTC Allergy Pills
    Calamine Lotion
    Mineral Ice Muscle Pain Gel
    19 200 MG Ibuprofen
    Foille Cut/Scrape/Burn relief Gel
    1 Vial Anitseptic Wound Cleanser
    2 4-0 Nylon Suture Kits
    1 Asthma Rescue Inhaler (My wife has pretty strong asthma attacks at times)
  4. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    Buy a basic kit from Adventure Medical Kits, and a PTK from and you should be pretty well covered.
  5. M V Dell

    M V Dell CLM

    Mar 2, 2003
    Nassau Bay, TX
    Not Kidding!!!!

    Every First Aid kit should have a couple of Tampons
    Perfect for gun shot wounds

    Indiv. Wraped
    Perfect size
  6. racerford


    Apr 22, 2003
    DFW area
    IIRC, one of our doctors has come on in the past and suggested they may not be ideal as they absorb blood and swell and do not promote clotting. QuikClot or one of the others would be a better choice.

    Not to say you shouldn't have them in there for their intended purpose. They may make a positive impact on someone's day.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011
  7. RatDrall


    May 23, 2009
    This is far from true.

    Tampons work, sometimes, but like previous posters said they swell. The are definately not ideal for a first aid kit.

    Gauze impregnated with quick clot is the best, and is ideal.

    Using tampons for trauma is like using a sandwitch bag for a sucking chest would - It might work, but not as well as the proper equipment would.

    A correct statement would be that an advanced kit should have an occlusive dressing and some quick clot gauze, among a number of other things, but most people would not know what to do with it.
  8. barstoolguru

    barstoolguru texas proud

    Jan 10, 2011
    dallas, tx
    is sugur a cloting agent? I found 6" bandages on cheaper-then-dirt.