Erik's IFAK, with tons o' pics

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Erik's IFAK, with tons o' pics

Post by Erik » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:32 pm

Howdy, all.

I have finally put together a new and better IFAK, which I'll be keeping in in my car. The IFAK will be stored in my trunk. I do have two trauma FAKs which are much larger and more comprehensive, but those are stored in my PAW closet and unlikely to be used in the near future (free free to ask me about those, though). Since I'm usually in the general vicinity of my car, this is the FAK that is most likely to be used to save the life of myself or others.

Please feel free to offer your input.

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Here's the bag.


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As you can see, the bag is a sort of trifold design. This allows quick and easy access to everything. Also, the bag holds more than you'd think. It's storing a lot of bulky trauma supplies.


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Here's the entire contents. A few changes were made since the photos. They'll be listed shortly.


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Let's start with the stuff for minor injuries. From bottom to top:

10 - Butterfly closures
5 - Pairs of gloves
12 - Iodine preps
12 - Alcohol preps
12 - 2 Pack 2X2 inch surgical sponges (a fancy name for gauze squares)
1 oz. Hydrocortizone cream
0.5 oz. Bacitracin antibiotic ointment
10 - Bandaids in 2 waterproof packages
1 - Forceps
1 - Safety pin
3 - Bandages (Upper right - Frankly, I don't know what they're called. You apply them directly over a flesh wound. They stick for a solid two weeks, even through water, and act like a second skin for that time. They're outstanding).


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Here's the more serious trauma stuff. I spent more space on that, since injuries that require major trauma bandages and dressings are more likely to kill me than injuries that require Bandaids.

3 - Kerlix (4.5 in x 4.1 yd)
2 - Muslin bandages (cravats)
2 - 4x6.25 camouflaged field dressings
2 - Israeli dressings (full sized, not the smaller ones)
1 - SAM splint. (I tried really, really hard to cram two of these in there, but alas)
2 - Coban rolls (self-sticking wrap. Very bulky, but the stuff rocks)
1 - Stretch wrap (I can honestly say that a SAM splint plus this stuff=win. I tossed the smaller one just today to make room for one more roll of Duratape.)
2 - Duratape medical tape (I replaced the smaller stretch wrap with a second tape)
1 - One handed tourniquet
1 - Penrose drain (can double as a second tourniquet)
1 - Epipen (stuck in PAW closet, no longer in kit)
1 - Pair scissors
5 - 18" Sutures
1 - Rescue CPR mask kit

I really wanted to put a whole roll of duct tape in here just to be badass, but there really isn't room. One of my bigger FAKs has one.


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Here's a couple of pictures that show the size of the bag compared to a human.


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People complain I don't look like my avatar. So here's me looking like my avatar, except that I have one more chin.


Please tell me what you think. About the first aid kit, not the chins.
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Post by L1Z4RD » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:40 pm

Nice kit.
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Post by TheFreakinBear » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:41 pm

NICE ERIK!!!! I love it. That reminds me that I need to put a couple more things in my trauma bag too. I'll add a CPR mask and an Epi pen if I can rummage through my FA stuff and find them. Good post!



Now what about the kits you have in your closet?


Do you have anything to treat pepper spray burns?


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Post by Erik » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:46 pm

TheFreakinBear, note that I removed the EpiPen from my FAK. Do not use it on anyone but yourself. As for the larger kits, you should PM me. I have a thing or two in there that even Gunny may not have. :twisted:

-Erik
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Post by L1Z4RD » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:46 pm

Damn, I need an EpiPen.
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Post by TheFreakinBear » Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:53 pm

That's exactly why I spooned you in LA...oh wait...that was the cooler. Sorry! PM on the way!
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Post by herbalpagan » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:36 pm

cool kit! I would be interested in seeing your closet set up too. :)
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Post by Erik » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:30 pm

Gunny and Doc Simon and other first aid peeps - can I get criticisms of my FAK?

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Post by GanaEMT » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:48 pm

more tape. 2", 4" and duct.
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Post by Citizen Simon » Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:45 pm

GanaEMT wrote:more tape. 2", 4" and duct.
^^Beat me to it.^^


Make sure the Gloves, scissors, and Kerlix are right there on top when you open it because you will always grab gloves first, and 9 out of 10 emergencies the shears and kerlix are next.
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Post by Erik » Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:55 pm

Thanks, guys. I'll throw some more tape in there. Additionally, I'll rearrange to have those items on top!

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Post by TheFreakinBear » Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:56 pm

Erik...HOOK ME UP!!!
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Post by Mama Cecile » Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:07 pm

Maybe consider a benzoin swab or 4. All that tape's no good if it doesn't stick.
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Post by Erik » Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:46 pm

TheFreakinBear wrote:Erik...HOOK ME UP!!!
Hook you up? What would you like to be hooked up with?

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Post by TheFreakinBear » Sun Oct 14, 2007 5:38 pm

Erik wrote:TheFreakinBear, note that I removed the EpiPen from my FAK. Do not use it on anyone but yourself. As for the larger kits, you should PM me. I have a thing or two in there that even Gunny may not have. :twisted:

-Erik
I dunno...I PMed you...lol...I could use a thing or two that Gunny may not have?[/b]
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Post by Erik » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:43 pm

I do indeed have something in my PAW closet that Gunny does not have. Specifically, I have a pair of prized pet sheep. In fact, Gunny gets so jealous about that, he flies to my home twice a month to spend some quality time in my PAW closet.

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Post by TheFreakinBear » Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:10 pm

Erik...you're Baaaaaaaaaaaaaad.
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Post by Milkboot » Mon Oct 15, 2007 5:06 pm

I can has sheep?

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Re: Erik's IFAK, with tons o' pics

Post by Biff » Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:05 pm

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Post by crypto » Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:09 pm

Erik wrote:I do indeed have something in my PAW closet that Gunny does not have. Specifically, I have a pair of prized pet sheep. In fact, Gunny gets so jealous about that, he flies to my home twice a month to spend some quality time in my PAW closet.

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Post by Erik » Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:09 pm

Where's Gunny's opinion on this bag?

Incidentally, I'm about to add a small kit to the IFAK with a scalpal, medical scissors, and a probe.

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Post by muscleman_coffeemesto » Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:46 pm

Although I feel like a dork for saying this, I'm copying your IFAK. Thanks to Gunny too for posting the links for ordering Kerlix.
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Post by Fennrisulfr » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:37 pm

Really nice set up. I really like those M3 medic bags. I'm gonna pick one up for my vehicle FAK too. Perfect size. Nice job, Erik.

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Post by TBear0574 » Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:49 pm

Nice bag, im using somthing a lot like that myself.

Some OTC meds would be good to have...

Tylenol
Baby aspirin
Ibuprophen
Benadryl tabs, and quick disolve strips
ant-acids
imodium

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