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The Things I Carried…

1) Condor Rip-Away EMT 

  • Miniature Rescue Whistle on a Safety pin
  • Round and Chisel Tip Sharpie - Used to write things like time of tourniquet placement, HR, BP, medications given, etc… Documentation is essential in a trauma/critical care situation and if you don’t have the proper paperwork, writing on the pt’s clothing, forehead/forearm/chest can be the next best thing. 
  • Shears 
  • Antihistamine stick - not everything in a med kit has to be for getting blown up/shot. Sometimes, someone just has a bug bite/topical rash. 

2) Inside upper storage section

  • Combat Action Tourniquet (CAT) 
  • Red & Green Chemical Glow Lights - 1 each. Effective for SEER, SAR, and directing air traffic. Essential for attracting the attention of “LifeForce” or other emergency helicopter traffic when arriving at an unmarked/unusual LZ. Chem lights should be affixed to a length of chord at 1 ft intervals and the entire thing swung around the head in a circular motion parallel to the ground in order to create the illusion of  concentric circles. These are not only easy for air crew to see, but near impossible for crews to confuse with anything else. 
  • Assorted bandaids
  • Psuedoephedrine
  • Bactrim pack
  • 800mg Ibuprofen (Not pictured)
  • 10mg Hydrocodone (Not pictured) 
  • ACE athletic wrap with hook & loop end (Not pictured)
  • Medical fabric tape 2” 
  • Neosporin & Polysporin (Not pictured) 

3) Middle pouch

  • 10ml Sodium Choloride .9% solution - useful for irrigation of small cuts and lacerations. Remember, DO NOT irrigate puncture wounds. Irrigation of puncture wounds can result in foreign matter being pushed further into the body. 
  • Latex and Non-Latex gloves 
  • Israeli Bandages
  • Mole skin (Not pictured)
  • Adhesive heel bandage (Not pictured)
  • Chest Seal (Not pictured)
  • Combat Gauze infused with Celox (Not pictured) - While the newer editions of “Quick Clot” are much better than the old ones and do not create exothermic reactions, meaning it is safe for the tissue surrounding the wound and will not hurt the care giver. It should be mentioned though, that care should always be taken to use Combat Gauze WITH the wire filament inside. Because fragments of the gauze can remain inside a packed wound, this filament is made to show brightly on xrays so that non-field care facilities can easily remove and clean the wound. 
  • Vicks Cough Drops 

4) Fold out zipped storage

  • Nasal Pharyngeal Airway 28 French
  • 12’ Kerlix gauze rolls x2 
  • Antimicrobial hand wash
  • 1/2” Medical fabric tape

5) Berman Oral Airway kits

Ranging in size from 40mm to 110mm, Berman Oral airways are the perfect tool for those not trained in administering Nasal Pharyngeal Airways, those not comfortable with the procedure, and those who fear a casualty may have internal skull fracturing or damage to the nasal airways. Unfortunately, and unlike an NPA, Berman Oral airways are not tolerated by conscious patients. Because the BOA rests on the tongue at the back of the throat, it will activate a conscious patients gag reflex and they will reject the device. My recommendation would be to purchase this simple but effective kit from Rescue-Essentials.com for $2.50

6) Berman Oral Airways

 Here you can see the array of sizes included in the BOA. Before inserting into the patients mouth, proper sizing is required. Most adults will use either the 90mm, 100mm, or 110mm, BOA while children will mostly require a 50mm or 60mm airway. Before placing, measure the device by placing on end against the lips and seeing how far the BOA descends down the cheek. If the BOA extends past the jaw, a smaller BOA should be selected. The mouth and head should then be adjusted using the head tilt chin lift technique, assuming no spinal or skull damage is expected, and the BOA inserted UPSIDE DOWN with the top of the arch facing the tongue. This is to insure the tongue is not forced into the back of the throat further blocking the airway. Once the plate reaches the lips, the device should be rotated 180° and secured between the front teeth. While the device can be secured in place with medical fabric tape, care should be taken not to cover the channels on either side so that air can continue to pass through. For a more in-depth and extensive look at airways, click here for ModernMedicine’s use of Berman Oral Airways walkthrough. Also, learn the alternative method for inserting BOAs when 180° rotation is not feasible or preferable. 

I hope you enjoyed this write up of my EDC med kit. If you have any questions about what I carry or why, feel free to message me here. Also, if you have any suggestions, or corrections to any of the information shared, message me here. And as always, a disclaimer, I am not a doctor nor licensed medical professional, if an emergency situation arises seek emergency medical care immediately from a trained and licensed practitioner. The information provided is for entertainment purposes only and should not be interpreted as an acceptable substitute for proper training and care. 

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Another great purchase from @itstactical got here faster than expected. This is their Boo-Boo Kit paired with their Slimline Pouch. Benchmade Barrage for size reference.
Thanks for the great gear. I’ll have to do a quick review at some point.

Building a Practical First Aid Kit

     Everyone has had those first aid kits that have a bunch of tiny bandages, a handful of pain pills, butterfly closures, small gauze pads and antibiotic gels that never get used, and are always expired or useless when you need them. 

   I had a kit like that, until I was able to get a hold of some medical/EMS grade pads that I’ve kept for a while. They’re all expired, and some aren’t sterile anymore. 

  As you can see, they look terrible. Just from the picture, I’m sure you wouldn’t trust your life, or anyone else’s relying on this stuff. 

   I wanted to upgrade it, but not spend a bunch of money on a crappy prebuilt kit, or spend a bunch of money on a single high end kit. I need multiple kits, so spending 100+USD on just one isn’t going to cut it. 

   This “bare bones kit” is made up of a few parts that are easy and fairly cheap to get:

  • Bandaids (6 or so)
  • Medical Tape (one roll)
  • Nitrile gloves (three pairs)
  • Gauze pads (3-6 individual pads)
  • Israeli bandage 

  You can put this together initially for about 40 dollars, and 10-25 dollars afterwards. The nitrile gloves are probably the most expensive part, but since there’s many pairs per box, you can build many kits before running out of gloves. Same with the bandaids and gauze pads.  

  Depending on where and what quality you get the gloves, gauze, tape and bandaids, this can go from about 40 USD to upwards of 80.  As you can see in the pictures, I bought most of those at Dollar General, and the nitrile gloves at Walgreens.  

    They were about 2 dollars for the tape and bandaids, and 3 dollars for the gauze pads. I spent probably around 11 dollars for all those.

   The Israeli pressure bandages you can get off of Amazon for around 10 bucks for 6inch bandages, and 8 for a 4 inch. You can even find 3 for 25 dollars. Since the basic kit only has one, you can order 2 or 3 a month and slowly build up your medical supply for whatever may happen. 

     It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s still pretty useful. You can also add in extras specific for yourself or for what you’re doing. This little kit, which can fit into a canteen/general purpose pouch covers:

  • Small cuts, scrapes and bumps
  • Larger gashes and wounds
  • Has the capacity to at least temporarily stabilize gunshot wounds, traumatic injuries, and amputations

    Cuts, scrapes and bumps are simple enough- the bandaids and some cloth medical tape take care of those odd cuts on finger tips, knuckles, or the inside of your hand. 

   Larger gashes are a little harder, since a bandaid won’t cover it, but a trauma pad is probably too much. 4x4inch gauze is what I used to have, but I always ended up cutting down to something smaller. This time I went with some 3x3inch pads. Pair with the medical tape and you have some good gash covers. 

   Now, I’ve never had a bad enough to require pressure on the wound with body weight, wraps, or a tourniquet, thank goodness, but with the possibility of falling and getting speared by large branches, getting puncture or traumatic wounds from a car accident or biking accident, and other various bodily harms being a real possibility, I thought that a near catch-all sealed bandage would be better than those flimsily packaged hospital bandages made for clinical use. I also wanted something that wouldn’t go bad in only a year, since I won’t necessarily use the bandage close to when I purchase it. The answer I found was the Israeli bandage. It combines a pressure dressing, sterile dressing, wound cover and improvisable tourniquet. And it has a shelf life of around 5 years, due to the heavy duty military grade aluminum packaging.  Best of all, it’s not terribly expensive. 

   I didn’t include a chest seal, mostly because I don’t have training for that, but the heavy plastic from the Israeli bandage can be used with medical tape as a seal. 

    Since this kit is fairly modular, I adapted from the basic build I came up with and added in an extra 6inch bandage, as well as a SAM splint, since sticks aren’t exactly strong in this area. I also added in a couple of elastic wraps into my kit for extra pressure and for pulled or strained muscles and slings and wraps for the splint. 

    I also needed a way to keep the nitrile gloves clean and organized, so I used plastic pill bags to hold them for later use as well as at the ready. 

   In addition to the splint and extra bandage, I like to keep some body temperature management in my med kit. 

  Since summer is really hot, and I’m susceptible to heat exhaustion, I throw in instant cold packs, which will provide on demand cool. These can be used under the armpit and groin area to help cool off someone that’s suffering from heat exhaustion. 

   In winter, I usually toss a couple of hand warmers in as well. Make sure they’re up to date, the expired ones don’t warm very well if at all. 

Altogether, this should last for at least a year before I have to replace the gauze, and 4 more years before I have to replace the pressure bandages. 

I hope you can take something away from this so you’re prepared for when you get cut or hurt. 

Happy tracking

-Joe

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BF4 Med Bags & Musical Tanks

This is a prototype. I just made this to see how I would make a real one. It’s not completely accurate, there are a few elements missing, but I really like how it turned out and intend to perfect my next two for me and my girlfriend’s cosplay of Zoey and Ellis.

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This is the beginning of my kandi med pack backpack. It is all peyote stitch and then stitched together. To be completely honest I am winging it. I will most likely keep this for a little while until I get bored of it when its done. Or perhaps I will just sell it right away. (: 

I still have to make the two black straps for the top and bottom (similar to the black strap between the two white sections), the back, all four sides and finally the straps. I am not sure if I want to make the straps or buy the straps.

If anyone has any tips, comments or opinions I am open to them. n.n;;

note: this is only the front. I have put about…. 7 to 9 hours into this. @__@ I know it isn’t much to show for it and I could have done another bikini top with that time but I am determined to make my med kit since I do not have the money to buy one. (And the lady who was making replicas of the left4dead med kits stopped making them). ALSO! I do make cuffs and such. I am willing to do kandi trades. n.n