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#292108 - 04/05/19 01:09 AM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Russ]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Loc: Somewhere in Florida
I included that reference book because of experience. As I always say, experience is the best teacher. One night, on vacation, Mom had a suspected neck injury. Fortunately, she was okay; for about an hour I wish I had that reference book with me. Since then I EDC that book.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#292109 - 04/05/19 02:26 AM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Offline
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Loc: Big Sky Country
Good stuff!
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#292112 - 04/05/19 04:12 AM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Burncycle Offline
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Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 529
That looks quite comprehensive!

I have a little jump bag (Condor Deployment Bag) with just some basics in it that I generally keep in my vehicle or take with me on scenes.

Front Pocket:
-Basic IFAK (Gloves, Izzie, CAT, HALO, QC, forceps)

Side Pocket 1:
-Booboo kit (Basic band aids, antiseptic / antibiotic ointment, tegaderm, gauze pads, OTC painkillers, that sort of thing)
-Small pack of wet wipes

Side Pocket 2:
-Oral airway set
-CPR pocket mask

Main Compartment:
-A bunch of gloves
-Few cheap $1 headlamps from Walmart
-Second CAT TQ
-Stethoscope and BP cuff (regular adult size)
-Pulse Ox
-Extra Kerlix
-Ace Wrap
-Bottle of saline eye wash for irrigation
-Cold packs (summer), hand warmers (winter)
-Oral rehydration salts and Pedialyte powder
-Glucose
-SOL Emergency Blanket

Outside:
-Mini Sharpie
-Res-q-me glass breaker / seatbelt cutter
-Benchmade rescue hook
-Bug spray (lately!)

It's not going to cover all possibilities (no room for a full set of BP cuffs for instance), but it's a good basis to deal with most of what we commonly encounter -- either simple booboos that don't really require EMS response, life threatening injuries that just need to hang on long enough for more definitive help to arrive, or relatively simple things that early intervention can help mitigate.

I would like to have an epipen and blood glucose monitor, but those (along with nasal airways and decompression needles) are out of scope for an EMR in my area. At the station we also have AED and Oxygen, but I don't carry that stuff around with me day to day.



Edited by Burncycle (04/05/19 04:12 AM)

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#292114 - 04/05/19 11:53 AM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Loc: Somewhere in Florida
Thanks, everybody.

Burncycle that looks great too. I prefer to have my EDC bag, which includes my EDC FAK, with me every time I step away from our property.

Starting this month, I will have my big medical kit in the SUV when we go on road trips.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#292194 - 04/20/19 06:50 PM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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I updated my EDC FAK again after I received my latest order.

MEDICAL INFORMATION
(1) Wilderness & Travel Medicine

PERSONAL PROTECTION
(1) Respirator Mask
(2) Bear Claw Glove Kit
(6) Personal Antimicrobial Wipe
(1) CPR Face Shield

INSTRUMENTS
(1) Digital Thermometer
(1) EMT Shears, 5.5", Silver
(1) Tweezers
(3) Safety Pins, 2"

BLEEDING
(1) Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
(1) SWAT-T Tourniquet
(1) QuikClot, 25 g
(1) Trauma Bandage, 4"

WOUND / BLISTER / BURN
(3) Burn Jel, 3.5 g
(1) 30 Band-Aid, 6 Knuckle, 6 Moleskin
(1) Durapore Tape, 1"
(1) Stretch Gauze, 3" x 12 yd.
(2) Non-Adherent Dressing, 3" x 4"
(5) Sterile Gauze Pad, 3" x 3"
(6) Povidone-Iodine Prep Pad

MEDICATION
(6) Aspirin, 2/pk (Analgesic)
(6) Diamode, 1/pk (Anti-diarrheal)
(6) Diotame, 2/pk (Stomach)
(6) Diphen, 1/pk (Antihistamine)
(6) Hydrocortisone 1% Creme, 1.5 g
(6) Ibuprofen, 2/pk (Anti-inflammatory)
(6) Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 0.9 g
(3) Alka-Seltzer
(1) Hydration Powder

For my large kit I added the following, the Hemostat because of the recommendation:
Activated Charcoal
Hemostat, Kelly Forceps Straight, 5.5"

Jeanette Isabelle
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#292316 - 05/19/19 12:56 AM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
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Loc: Big Sky Country
I'm beginning reevaluate my FAK. In the past I've had tons and tons of bandaids and a lot of ointments; now I'm moving towards just a few bandaides but a lot more gauze and high quality tape. Less meds but a good array of painkillers of the various types, a couple meds that are multi-use but not a bunch of salves/creams. I'm looking to use tape and coban more, and add a bit more trauma stuff. Think an extra TK, some chest seals and another aluminum rolled splint. Maybe an Epipen if I can arrange for it.

My thinking is that if you only need a band-aid then you probably don't really need a band-aide. wink Almost any small cut can be treated with glue or gauze. I'm going to move towards a FAK geared towards trauma and not as much for boo-boos. Of course, booboos do occur so I'll keep a bit of that kind of stuff. I just want to be a bit more prepared for the major stuff.
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#292355 - 05/29/19 03:21 AM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
teacher Offline
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Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 780
I'm going the other way; toward a smaller kit.
- Ibuprofen ( and some other OTC meds)
- band aids
- tape
- exam gloves
- small tools (tweezers, keychain light, knife)
- gauze pads

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#292367 - 05/29/19 06:12 AM Re: Customizing Your Medical Kit [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
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Loc: Big Sky Country
I should have explained that my kit is a bit smaller, too. Instead of dozens of different OTC meds, hundreds of bandaids, etc I am trying to pick fewer but more potent items.
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