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#183684 - 09/30/09 04:25 AM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: EchoingLaugh]
Xterior Offline
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Registered: 06/25/05
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Probably a stupid question, but what's the purpose of the center punch ?

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#183688 - 09/30/09 09:17 AM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: Xterior]
stargazer Offline
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Xterior,

The center punch is used for gaining access into a car or other vehicle through the back or side windows. You basically place the punch up to the window and press until the punch (which is spring loaded) makes a popping sound. This usually breaks the window completely. They work the best if used in the corners of the window. The punch is similar to the RES-Q-ME tool.

Jeff,

That is a very nice kit, I had not thought of the portable file cabinet container like that before. I usually see a bunch of these portable containrs at either a thrift store or a yard sale. Never even gave any thought to using them for a FAK. Thanks for the idea.

The only recommendations I see you need to do would be to...

Update the Informed Guide (paramedic cheat book) lots of good info in the newer ones.
Unless I am not seeing them add another couple triangular bandages.
Add another Sams splint.

Glad to see I am not the only one who uses the Cederoth Bloodstopper bandages. laugh

Take care,

Stargazer

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#183692 - 09/30/09 09:55 AM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: stargazer]
jcurphy Offline
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Registered: 03/27/08
Posts: 48
Loc: Iowa City, IA
Have you considered adding some basic meds, such as: aspirin, tylenol, motrin (analgesics), benadryl (antihistamine); also consider: glutose (oral glucose), neosporin (topical antibiotic), orajel (topical anesthetic), vaseline, lip balm, electrolyte packets, betadyne, biohazard bags, tweezers, small paper cups, bottle of sterile saline (wound irrigation), water, and a couple of small child toys (VERY useful if you have to give first aid to a kid).

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#183706 - 09/30/09 12:35 PM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: Xterior]
Jeff_M Offline
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Registered: 07/18/07
Posts: 665
Loc: Northwest Florida
Originally Posted By: Xterior
Probably a stupid question, but what's the purpose of the center punch ?


Stargazer answered it, but the only stupid questions are the unasked ones.

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#183707 - 09/30/09 12:38 PM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: stargazer]
Jeff_M Offline
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Originally Posted By: stargazer
... Update the Informed Guide (paramedic cheat book) lots of good info in the newer ones.


When I replace my current one with a new one, it will go into the kit.


Edited by Jeff_M (09/30/09 12:38 PM)

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#183709 - 09/30/09 12:45 PM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: jcurphy]
Jeff_M Offline
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Registered: 07/18/07
Posts: 665
Loc: Northwest Florida
Originally Posted By: jcurphy
Have you considered adding some basic meds. . . ?


Yes. I have these in my BOB and backpacking FAKs. But the car FAK is mainly for treating strangers alng the highway, so no meds or ALS stuff. I have food for diabetics, water bottles, biohazard bags, etc. in my car. I won't be irrigating wounds since I won't be closing wounds, just dressing them. BTW, punching a pinhole through the cap of a water bottle and squeezing makes a nice irrigation stream. Thanks for the suggestions.

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#183710 - 09/30/09 12:49 PM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: EchoingLaugh]
Jeff_M Offline
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Registered: 07/18/07
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Loc: Northwest Florida
Originally Posted By: EchoingLaugh
I use hemostats for other-than-intended purposes. Such as, tweezers, clamp onto a ripped toenail to have a handle, latch onto a tiny little tick, so on. Your training obviously far exceeds my own, so I respect your views.

P.s. They are awesome in a fishing vest also.


I apologize if my initial reply unintentionally sounded harsh. You are entirely correct that hemostats have dozens of useful applications, and are mighty handy tools for lots of things related to first aid, just not hemostasis. ;-)

In fact, I'll add one to my kit. Thank you for the good suggestion.

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#183722 - 09/30/09 02:16 PM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: Jeff_M]
PureSurvival Offline
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Registered: 02/21/09
Posts: 149
Loc: UK
A nice kit, the think that stands out is that it contains the kit you need apposed to many peoples kits that contains the kit that they think they need and often don't know how to use.

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#183728 - 09/30/09 03:28 PM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: Jeff_M]
dchinell Offline
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Registered: 02/08/02
Posts: 312
Loc: FL
Jeff: Can you say what's in the "infection control kit"? Also can you recommend a source for the "cheat book"? -- Bear
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#183761 - 09/30/09 06:49 PM Re: My FAK -Photos [Re: Jeff_M]
Xterior Offline
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Registered: 06/25/05
Posts: 148
Originally Posted By: Jeff_M
[quote=Xterior]
Stargazer answered it, but the only stupid questions are the unasked ones.


Well still it's a bit of a stupid question. I thought you actually used it to treat someone instead of breaking a window.

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