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Critique my First Aid Kit.

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Triplebuckshot, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    Here is a complete list of the FAK I carry on me. I was hoping some in the know would take time to critique it and let me know if I am missing anything or if there is something I should add.

    I have thick skin and am a big boy, so fire away, it may save a life.


    Item Name Number On Hand

    Gold Bond Foot Powder 4 oz

    Butterfly Closures 10 Medium

    Restor Electrolyte Tabs 3

    Isopropyl Alchohol 32 oz

    Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine HCL) 24 capsules

    Iodine Tincture 2 oz

    Nexcare Heavy Duty Fabric Bandage 60 assorted size

    Asprin 100 (325 mg ea)

    Acetaminophen 100 (500 mg ea)

    Ibuprofen 300 (200 mg ea)

    Triple Antibiotic Ointment 1 oz

    Hydrocortisone (anti-itch) 1 oz

    Iodine Swabs 8

    Alchohol Wipes 40

    Cohesive Flexible Bandage 2 (5 yards long ea)

    ACE Campression Wrap 1 (6 ft long)

    Compression Bandage 4

    Field Dressing 9

    Gauze 50 squares

    550 Cord 25 meters

    Surgical Scissors 1

    Tweezers 1

    Surgical Tubing 6 feet

    Tracheotomy Tubes 2

    Sunscreen 4 oz

    Bug Dope 4 oz

    Carmex .5 oz

    Quick Clot 0
     
  2. A.I.P.

    A.I.P. UpperUS Active Member

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    Just some general thoughts that might help:
    Cohesive Flexible Bandage 2 (5 yards long ea). Buy Vet Wrap, lots of vet wrap!
    Fem Hygine pads as bandages
    Bleach and vineigar
    Dried Yarrow plant (also known as Staunch Plant and Soldiers Wort) to replace Quick Clot
    Gorilla tape wrapped around a phone calling card
    super glue
    SPACE BLANKET
    Betadine
     
  3. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    The Cohesive Flexible Bandage is Vet Wrap.

    I am not a woman, I don't need pads, I can afford to buy the real thing.

    Bleach and Vinegar? Please explain how this benefit my first aid kit. I have them in my survival gear but this is just FA, maybe I am missing something.

    I don't need a calling card or gorilla tape, unless I am missing something.

    Super Glue - GOOD CALL!

    Yarrow Plant - I will do some research here, thank you.

    Betadine - I Have some Iodine already that is 2%. Betadine is 1% but I do plan on getting a bit when I expand my kit.

    Space Blanket - I have one, just not in the FA pouch, it is in another pouch. Good call to put it on the list though.
     
  4. Blue Devil PA

    Blue Devil PA Boise Active Member

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    That is a good start on a basic field/home kit. I do have some suggestions.
    First thing to have is good, current medical training. Many people do the "buy it, forget it" attitude with material items including medical supplies. Get training, practice what you learned and be prepared to use your training. Build a kit around your level of training. Put it this way: In a crisis, having equipment, without training and practice can actually lead you into the mindset of HAVING to attempt a medical/surgical procedure that you shouldn't be doing with your level of training/experience. Waiting to use a life or death situation to justify the performance of a medical/surgical procedure is not doing yourself, the patient or anyone else involved any favors.

    That said I think the items: "Tracheotomy Tubes 2" probably should be left out of your bag. I would think that either a barrier device or bag valve mask with maybe an oral pharyngeal and nasal pharyngeal airways would be a good basic level item to have. Again, know when and how to use and more importantly NOT USE a medical device or medication is critical to good patient outcomes.

    I also don't like vet wrap, too many people don't know that Coban (vet wrap) actually tightens over time and I have far too many patients come to the ED with bandages that were tight to begin with that were then way too tight (think tourniquet).

    To add to the list: Oral rehydration powder, glucose tablets,

    Sorry for the rambling, good luck!
     
  5. Greenbaum

    Greenbaum Vancouver, WA Member

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    Tracheotomy Tubes 2.... Really??? Unless you have the drugs to stabilize the person your Trach'n why waste your time or resources. If you need the advice on a First Aid kit I doubt you have the skills to perform this job. Try to keep the kit with-in your abilities.

    Water-sterile(bottled) More important than half your items.
    Sterile dressings--4x4's, 8x10's
    Non-sterile dressings--4x4's more
    Coban
    Benadryl

    Carmex
    bug dope
    sunscreen
    surgical tubing
    Iodine swabs
    Hydrocortisone
    triple ointment
    foot powder
    butterfly closures.......................Keep them at home!
     
  6. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    Blue Devil - Good words for sure.

    Greenbaum - Thanks for the Sterile Water Suggestion. As for the rest...hahaha.
     
  7. A.I.P.

    A.I.P. UpperUS Active Member

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    18 posts and your response to a request for info is adversarial, patronising and ill concidered.
    It was NOT a pleasure to meet you. Your now on my ignore list
     
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    Tangent123123 Battle Ground Active Member

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    Non-iodized Salt. Mixed with water in saline washes for wounds, eyes, sInuses etc.

    Topical tooth gel.

    I didn't see gloves or a mask listed either.
     
  9. EZLivin

    EZLivin SW of PDX Well-Known Member

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    Immodium.
     
  10. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    All Great Additions. Thank you.
     
  11. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    Hahaha, I joined before you. If your post count is that important, I will happily spend some time on that ignore list.

    Not real sure how my post was adversarial or patronising. I stated that I am not a woman so having hygiene pads double over for the bangages was not what I needed to do. What good is a phone card and gorrilla tape? Bleach and Vinegar? For a FAK I mean, I know what they are used for in the rest of the survival kit/prep. Toughen up, buttercup. I didn't attack anyone over anything.
     
  12. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    AWESOME! Thank you.
     
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    ragermack Tillamook Member

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    Silvadene (Silver Sulfadiazine) for burns

    insta hot and insta cold pak 1 each
     
  14. receo

    receo Sandy, Oregon Active Member

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    Nitrile gloves
    Eye protection
    Olive oil and some focasia bread to go with the vinegar. ;4)
     
  15. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    Thanks!
     
  16. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    Thanks!
     
  17. Triplebuckshot

    Triplebuckshot Northwest Oregon Member

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    Great addition, Thanks!
     
  18. Working 4 U

    Working 4 U Eugene Active Member

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    First Aid/CPR/AED training, its a 1 day class about 90.00. You can also take a wilderness first aid class that is good as well not sure on the price.
     
  19. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    My 2 cents on this, guys. I have a LOT of first aid supplies, some geared for stuff around the house, some for the "bug out bag", one for an emergency responder and one as a field surgeon kit. Each one has their focus. If you try to just stock one up with everything, you will never find what you need when you need it and you might be out of it anyways since you are always in the kit for everything from fungal feet to major bleeding.

    I'm more focused on SHTF scenarios, obviously, so this next advice is going to be a little biased...

    *I think more focus should be on wound management and care than anything. It has been suggested to use feminine hygiene products (and I agree). However, I suggest the tampons over the pads (especially for gunshot wounds). More people died from infection and blood loss during the revolutionary and civil war than from the bullet, itself. Just ponder on that thought for a moment.

    *You don't need ointments and band-aids. Thoroughly cleaning the wound area and slapping a strip of guerrilla tape with a folded strip from a paper towel on a wound will fix 99% of all your typical injuries. Super glue is great, especially if you don't have stitches.

    *That space blanket is more important than you think. Hypothermia and shock will kill you just as quickly as rapid blood loss. Also, you can provide shade for a heat patient along with warming a cold patient with a space blanket. For just a few dollars, you will probably use this a million times more than you will ever use surgical tube.

    *How about antibiotics? Just a thought. Cheap, USP Pharmacological-grade, pill forms of antibiotics can be found on amazon.com (look under "fish antibiotics"). Especially in a SHTF scenario where God know's when someone's last tet@nus shot was given you might want to consider antibiotics. Another thing that you shouldn't gawk at was the previously suggested Benadryl. It's antihistamine properties are counter allergenic, meaning that if you didn't know you were allergic to bee stings you might just save your own life by taking a simple pill rather than trying to drive to the hospital.
     
  20. Kevatc

    Kevatc Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Chlorhexidine soap (Hibiclens). Gentle yet very effective surgical hand soap as well as wound care irrigant. I use Hibiclens everyday. It has a several hour germicidal effect even after rinsing. I no longer use iodine or Betadine or peroxide. Truth is plain old soap and water is very good. Hibiclens is better.

    Plain old eye wash.

    I disagree with Riot regarding his statement that you don't need bandaids and antibiotic ointment. Yes, you do. I see plenty of staph infections because seemingly minor wounds weren't approriately taken care of from the get go. Also, burns can be a HUGE problem. They are easily infected. Cool them, clean them, and diligently care for them. Also, a plain old friction blister can be made a lot more tolerable with a bit of triple antibiotic and a decent bandaid.

    Ibuprofen, Tums, Pepscid (as an example), Immodium, any antihistamine, Aralgam (ears), Oragel .

    Tracheaotomy tubes???? Forget about them if you don't have the training. If you do have the training you wouldn't be asking for input on your 1st aid kit.

    Benzoin swabs. Sticky stiff that will allow Steri-strips and butterflys stick for longer periods of time.

    SAM splints. Cheap, light, and easy way to stabilize joints and fractures. They don't require a degree from MIT but you would be well served to youtube them to get the general idea.

    J & J Combine dressing: for large wounds or serious bleeding wounds. Yes, tourniquets and clotting dressings have their place but for lots of wounds the heavy duty combine dressing will suffice.

    Training. Training. Training. Get some. Too many people think they know what to do but don't and it's because they have no idea that they don't know what they don't know.

    Tick pulling equipment. Sliver tweezers. Monsels stiptik swabpoules (for minor wounds that just don't want to quit bleeding).

    Dental floss and hemorrhoid cream. Try being out at a hunting camp and having some jerky stuck between your teeth or having a hemorrhoid or raw butt from beer poops.