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First aid kit

Discussion in 'GATE Survival & Preparedness' started by pmcjury, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. pmcjury


    Nov 4, 2008
    I am looking at putting together a first aid kit for camping/shooting. I am thinking the following items would be good but I'm liking for some advice.
    Israeli bandage
    Bandaids (various sizes)
    Nasal airway (maybe it's been a while since I have any training with one)
    Quick clot
    gauze pads (2x2 & 4x4)
    medical tape
    Emt shears

    I'm looking for a kit to handle minor injuries but give me some options in the event of a major injury to

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  2. JC Refuge

    JC Refuge

    Oct 8, 2007
    I'm not a medical pro, so please consider that this is not expert guidance ...

    Good kit, but I think some kind of antiseptic, a splint, and a tourniquet would be pretty easy to include--especially for a camping/shooting adventure.

  3. pmcjury


    Nov 4, 2008
    The antiseptics is a good catch I forgot all about that thanks. The tourniquet is covered with the cat. It's the only tourniquet I have there something different you would recommend. I'm not sure about taking a splint. Maybe one of the moldable roll up splints. I was assuming I could improvise something if I needed to but that may not be possible.

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  4. TheBonze


    Jan 21, 2012
    I have an Army M-3 Medic bag with the following:

    Two Israeli bandages, 1 SWAT-T Tourniquet, 2 rolls of 2" tape, 1 Sam splint, 6 5x9 Combine pads, 2 Kerlix rolls, 4 Z-Pak gauze, 2 Vaseline gauze pads, 3 triangular bandages, 3 sizes of OP airways (easier to use than nasal airways), a baggie with various adhesive bandages and a small spray version of Neosporin, 1 small bottle of eye wash, 1 travel tube of Ibuprofen, 1 travel tube of Benadryl, 1 tube of Imodium, 1 tube of Hydrocortisone cream and 1 tube of Glucose Gel. Also bandage shears and two 5 1/2" forceps and two emergency blankets.

    This rides in my car all the time. It is designed to handle anything from a skinned knee to a gunshot wound as well as the most common medical emergencies. With this bag and either First Responder or EMT training you'll be about as prepared as you can be to handle things at field level.
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  5. WT

    WT Millennium Member

    Jan 12, 1999
    TheBonze has a good list.

    Add a roll of Life Savers hard candy and aspirin.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2015
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  6. TheBonze


    Jan 21, 2012
    I forgot the Aspirin! Good for suspected heart attacks!
  7. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    3m wound strips
    small squeeze bottle to irrigate wounds
    gorilla tape
    maxi pads
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  8. Paul53

    Paul53 Geezer Boomer

    Nov 27, 2011
    You're correct about splints. They can be improvised easily.
    First Aid training, CPR. I recommend First Aid because improvisation is taught. EMT courses are great when you have a well stocked ambulance. (Was one, no insult meant)
    Solar battery packs to recharge your cell phone are quite reasonable in price lately. If you are camping and need to hike out a ways to get a signal, invaluable.
    If you have the skills needed, with guns you have to think about chest injuries; sucking chest wound or tension pneumothorax. Early treatment of both is important, and easy if you know how.

    FWIW: in every course I've taught somebody always asks "wont I just panic?" In the real world, people will do what they are trained to do. Panic is a result of not knowing what to do.
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  9. rds95991


    Aug 21, 2011
    Training. I took the EMT class at one of our JC's a couple of years ago. Having a kit is great, now knowing what to do, or not do is important.

    You may also want to consider carrying carbon for poisoning.

    Also a mouth/nose mask, goggles, and super glue.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2016
  10. 2guns


    Mar 27, 2011
    Centennial, Colorado
    Keep your trauma supplies in your kit but in a separate small bag, when you have a serious trauma you don't want to have to dig through a bunch of non emergent items in your kit.
    I would build at least two trauma bags so you can hand one off if necessary .
    I have had experiences where two serious wound had to be treated on the same patient at the same time.
    There was a Denver pd officer recently that required two cats to save his life, fortunately he is recovering and was recently promoted to sgt. I was not at this incident I am no longer a first responder.
    Please be safe
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  11. UtahIrishman

    UtahIrishman BLR Silver Member

    Nov 11, 2001
    The cat is a good choice...they do have a tendency to hiss and howl though when you try and put them in the box with the other supplies.
  12. wiskeyVI


    Jun 16, 2007
    That's what pillow cases are for!
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  13. johnk568


    Apr 2, 2010
    N.E. Illinois

    I have 3 first aid M-3 bags, all 3 have 2 CATS. One of the M-3 bags, has a surgery kit in it. I have 3 IFAK's with at least 1 CAT in each, one is a drop leg IFAK, 2 are molle for vests. 2 is 1, 1 is none. Murphy's law!
  14. Gomez93


    Feb 6, 2013
    Some good info here. In addition to most of this stuff, I also carry a CPR mask and a big bottle of contact lens solution which is perfect for irrigating a wound.
    Also, skin staplers are now readily available if one knows how to use it.
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