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Good day all, I am starting this discussion in hopes we will have meaningful input from all our committed citizens out there wanting to prepare for the foreseeable troubled times ahead.
I will be posting some good info on the subject, starting with things we all should have in our equipment load out.
So to qualify my credentials in the area of emergency medicine, I am an advanced EMT/ Firefighter who is currently employed in this field.
1. FAK's (first aid kits) These are your essential supplies to get through those minor mishaps that plague us in the field. This kit is NOT a blow out kit, they are separate kits with different applications. Fak's have all those things blow out don't, such as band-aids,triangular bandages, and everthing else for those little emergencies.
2. Blow out kits are for those times we need major trauma control. These contain items such as
I have come up with what I feel is a bare essential Fak for the individual as follows,
Please feel free to contribute your suggestions or your own load out as this is for all of our learning.
Thank you. My own med bag needs some professional help, and my D-I-L Just went to Penn. She is a firefighter and recently qualified Para.
First, an observation. Most folks are not familiar with med terminology. Second, can you cite books or reference material that will help folks get up to speed? Third, can you suggest alternatives to highly priced med supplies? Example, I have found vet wrap to be extremely useful, and it's cheaper than stuff designated for humans.
Perhaps you could explain what each item you advise is used for. Why you are suggesting the quantities, give weights where applicable, and your best option for buying.
Thank you. I'll be following this. Please look me up and say hi. You are providing information people are usually not conversant with, but which is necessary to the handling of crises. Please, get ahold of me. I have people in other states who are looking for just this type of info.
can I count on you?
The saline flushes work real good for that as well.
All that you carry must have multiple uses. 1 oz = 1 lb = 10 lb = 100 lb = 1000 lb think about it
Remember Hemostatic Agent ( Celox, Quick-clot) has to be surgically cleaned out with in 12 hours or it will cause infection.
If you wear a belt have a sling for your weapon you have a Tourniquet
Personal Aid Kit - Remember all items must have 2 or more uses
Pouch to carry all items
visine-A (allergy formula- generic ok)
Field bandages (not sure of spelling)
hemostats (curved and straight)
antibiotic ointment (neosporin, bacitracin, etc.)
sorry, what is a "memostates"?
put them is 2 times sorry
As I have tried to answer questions regarding medical supply issues, there remains to address the issue of space/weight limitations, as pointed out by Randy M.
First allow me to cover hemostatic agents and their limited use. I do not advocate using these agents except in the most dire circumstances. (i.e. uncontrollable bleeding). They will require a surgery environment to address for proper care. Given the need for them, a hospital setting is the only end result for life saving measures. there just is no way to properly treat injuries of this magnitude in a field setting.
now on to the topic at hand...
The list I posted is just an example of a starting place. Your needs and operating protocols may dictate more or less. I would like to expand on the uses of some of the listed items.
1. Hemostats: These little miracles have a myriad of uses. first they can be used to clamp off a severed artery until help can be had. In a pinch, they can be used to aid in suturing, and as a skin/tissue holder when you need a wound held open for cleaning. They can also be used to extract foreign objects from wounds. The uses are only limited by your imagination.