Hi there EDCers! Some of you may have noticed me thrashing around on here about FAK pouches and so forth. I am one of those guys that will worry at a decision - not unlike the proverbial dog with its favourite bone - and more often than not will talk myself out of a rash choice. And so it is with FAKs. After much (almost too much) thought on putting together a pouch/bag/kit to throw into my work bag, I have decided... to not bother carrying a FAK at all. Let me explain: I work in a small city - tiny by US standards, but small for New Zealand. Everything I need to carry out basic first aid is all around me every day. We don't have gun carry here so major sucking chest wounds and other similar nasties are exceptionally rare, and most often seen in specialised working areas like construction sites (and pretty darned rare there too). And emergency services are literally less than 5 minutes away. CPR? Needs no equipment. Mask not required. Compressions only (I think this is currently en vogue). Airways? If you're not properly trained you shouldn't be inserting anything down a casualty's throat. Broken bones needing a splint? You (the casualty) normally have two of most things - i.e you have built in splints. If you break both your legs/arms... well, I'm not going to moving you anywhere unless your life is in danger. Lacerations? Most of us are already wearing our dressings. In the 30 years since I trained as an Army medic I have attended (off-duty and later in civilian life) just one major emergency: I was first person on scene at one fatal traffic incident. Everything else has fallen into the category of boo boo. I feel that while it is nice to have all this fancy equipment, for me and my current environment the only real tool I need is a cutting edge. Improvisation is good enough for just about everything else. Of course, when I head out into the backcountry I will be taking a good FAK, but I see no need to tote it around every day at work. I'll still have a small selection of band-aids, tape and stuff in my bag somewhere (actually in my Fatty), though it is not exactly what you would call an organised kit. It'll be interesting to hear what other members here think of this. I would not be at all surprised if what I have said here is somewhat polarising.