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501scout wrote:First off very well thought out. I like the Idea of having a loner IFAK.
501scout wrote:Compressed gauze PriMed in my experience is hit or miss on staying compressed. I just went through all my kits and replaced a bunch of it that had expanded. Tac Med Solutions Z pack's are good, however I replaced all mine with North American Rescue S rolled gauze. I guess they are probably equal.
501scout wrote:Tourniquet's are a must. Rather if its the SOF-T, CAT, Swat, or whatever something is better then nothing. If you are unable to get one of those due to price, Muslim dressings(AKA the Cravat) will work and the only thing you really need is something sturdy enough to use as a windless.
501scout wrote:The biggest thing I recommend is not going above your means. If you are expecting to get shot and enduring a sucking chest wound by all means get a Asherman, or Bolin chest seal but if not then the wrapper off your Izzy dressings will work as a make shift chest seal with duct tape on 3 sides. Plastic wrap works well too.
501scout wrote:Suture kits are a cool item to have if you know how to properly suture and irrigate a wound. Other wise, you can cause serious damage or even death.
501scout wrote:EMT-B classes are offered at a lot of community collages, thats actually how I got mine. Just be willing to make the time to study. I took a First Responder class first which actually had the same instructors for the B class. It was a good refresher for me and helped pave the way for EMT-B.
501scout wrote:Yeah sorry I mean't Muslin. As far as the Chest seals go, they are actually made for sucking chest wounds. Stronger adhesive and just purpose driven. The army actually thought just to use the wrapper off a dressing before the Bolin, or Asherman existed. Now don't get me wrong the ACS and BCS are much faster to use and will stick with blood better then duct tape.
If you just want to be able to carry a CAT on your belt. I used a 1inch thick elastic band and just ran it through my belt and slid the cat through it on its side down range. it worked very well and allowed me just to carry the CAT on me pretty much every place I went when I did not
wear all my kit. I have a few older CAT's Brand new in wrapper if your interested PM me and I will be willing to part with a few.
EMT-B - if you take it just be ready to study. I'm active duty Army, I am a Infantry guy and have been for 9 years. Any chance I have gotten for some type of medical training I have jumped on. Using my time and money to go to the B class was scary because I hate school, but it was so interesting to me and the interest is what drove me through that course. I after the B class it actually got my butt in gear to start taking other classes interesting and not so interesting ones. It acted as my gateway drug to get back in school.
Steri strips rock and are really easy to use. take the advice on suturing, learn how to clean a wound first.
The contents of each FoodSaver FAK are:
alcohol & betadine wipes
triple antibiotic ointment
bandaids of various sizes
1"X4" wound closure strips
2 yards of duct-tape wrapped around a business card
2" wide self-adhesive wrap
advil, tylenol, benadryl, loperamide, naproxen, pepto, actifed, cough-drops all in a ziplock bag
501scout wrote:I think this weekend I'm going to rip open a thing of kerlix, PriMed, and the S rolled and compare the 3. However I'm pretty sure they are the same length.
501scout wrote:Sutures- I have had 3 reconstructive surgery's on both feet in the last year and a half. over 100 staples and up wards of 100 plus stitches. Before they could cast me they had to take everything out with in 2 weeks of surgery and then they used the stri strips. IMHO they held just as well and held for 6 to 8 weeks with out being replaced, no ill side affects from leaving them on, unlike sutures and staples which can be grown in or around and be a pain to remove, plus I have two rows of extra scars along each incision from the staples and sutures. I have a shit ton of sutures in my home kit but, in my Ifaks just steri strips. I'm also sure that if you are doing self aid it will be easier to use the strei's as opposed to jamming a needle throw your skin with out lidocaine.
Jamie wrote:I go camping (either solo or with a group) every month, and based on my experiences have dropped the stuff that I never use, and reduced the stuff that I seldom use (although I still feel capable of dealing most any trauma I could encounter on the trail).
Medic Mentor wrote:Syringe with pressure irrigation. A quart of water with a pad yes betadine pad in a quart of tap water is superb with pressure irrigation. Last couple of squirts thoroughly irrigate the betadine tinged fluid out.
Darxus wrote:Jamie wrote:I go camping (either solo or with a group) every month, and based on my experiences have dropped the stuff that I never use, and reduced the stuff that I seldom use (although I still feel capable of dealing most any trauma I could encounter on the trail).
Q1 - You sure you don't want one roll of Kerlix / PriMed / Z-Pak / S-Rolled gauze (large, 4.5" x 4.1 yards) in there?
Q2 - Where did you get your Betadine (povidone iodine) wipes? Having difficulty finding them for a reasonable shipped price.
Q3 - I need to look into these FoodSaver type vacuum packing things. Would you buy the same one you have over again?
The "open treatment" method is the safest way to manage wounds in survival situations. Do not try to
close any wound by suturing or similar procedures. Leave the wound open to allow the drainage of any
pus resulting from infection. As long as the wound can drain, it generally will not become life-threatening,
regardless of how unpleasant it looks or smells.
Cover the wound with a clean dressing. Place a bandage on the dressing to hold it in place. Change the
dressing daily to check for infection.
If a wound is gaping, you can bring the edges together with adhesive tape cut in the form of a "butterfly"
or "dumbbell" (Figure 4-7).
In a survival situation, some degree of wound infection is almost inevitable. Pain, swelling, and redness
around the wound, increased temperature, and pus in the wound or on the dressing indicate infection is
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