I've noticed a trend of people coming to the first aid section and asking the same questions over and over again. That leads to elitest bastards like myself getting pissed off and treating people like they are noobs. However I understand there is a lot to cover here in the first aid. What I have made here is kind of an index of the first aid. I will maintain it as the forum expands. That way simple things are caught before someone vomits fire all over you for packing a surgery kit in your FAK. Also, if you read nothing else in this post read the disclaimer on the bottom!
Want to ask what you should pack in your first aid kit?
I think that is a good question to ask. However before we answer we'll need to know what the aid kit is for. Include the following things: How many people this kit is for. Is it just for trauma (injuries) or also for illness? Where do you plan to use it? (At the house or on a road trip, or in the PAW??) How long do you want it to last? All of those factors will lead to better advice.
If your first aid kit doesn't have the following items dont even bother asking for suggestions!
That's right, if you dont have this stuff all you are going to get in reply are the things on this list. (This is a bare minimum, more is recomended)
2 Rolls of Kerlix or similar Gauze
2 Ace Wraps
1 roll of one inch tape
1 roll of 3 inch tape/duct tape
What basic items should I keep in my trauma bag?
Here is a list of things that will often be suggested in response to that question.
Emergency Trauma Dressing/Izzy or similar pressure dressing
Splinting materials(Sam splints)
Asherman Chest Seals
Burn-dressing / burn-jel
What should I keep in my Aid kit for things other than trauma?
Again, these are just regularly recomended items, all are suggested, you do what works for you
5 Decades worth of any perscription meds you need to survive
Alcohol (bottle or pads)
For a better list of over the counter medications and their uses we have a thread just for that.Click here to educate yourself!
What are some good first aid kits?? Or what does yours look like?
There is a lot of first aid porn on here. Here are a few links.
-This is honestly the most well rounded FAK on the forum that is legal for civilians/untrained people.
The Czech FAK
Well, you get the picture on the ZS general expectations of a first aid kit. There are more in first aid section. I listed but just a few.
Why do I need Kerlix, or an Emergency Trauma Dressing, What the fuck is all of this crap anyway?
Oh, so you want to know why you are packing this crap? Knowing why/how to use your shit is more important than having it.
Emergency Trauma Dressing/Izzy
Asherman Chest Seal
Inflammation and Infection Guide
Wound Care Guide
Here are some videos for those that can't read:
Quick-clot & Quick-clot ACS
Quick-clot ACS+ & Quick-clot 1st Response
What should I know about first aid?
That is too much to list here in this post, read the first aid section, it's not that big. Search before asking the same questions everyone else has.
I refuse to get formal training, how do I get books so I can learn myself how to do medical things?
Want some reading? Thought you'd never ask.
Combat medic Field Reference
It is IMHO the best reference for untrained personell
Special Forces Medical Handbook
Yet another army manual, but this is basic first aid, and for the layman
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CYA blatantly stolen from Wikipedia
and modified for the same purpose as above.
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I felt the need to start a post to allow some of us who have medical training to link to in our signatures as a reference that we are NOT LIABLE for the information we post.
Whether this disclaimer is linked in a signature or not, I would recommend you follow it for all information posted here on these and ANY internet forums!!!
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Honestly, I can’t stress this enough. This is an internet forum about the PAW, not a medical advice forum. Any medical advice posted is understood to be hearsay and not direct medical advice from a licensed doctor or ems personnel. Even though some of us are certified as such we do not condone practicing medicine with out training and certifications.
You have been warned, we are NOT liable
, we are not condoning you to try these things, we take no responsibility for your actions
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