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Do you carry a FAK on your person?

Discussion in 'First Aid Station' started by qkarl, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Guerilla

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    I carry a basic FAK in my EDC bag. I have a more serious trauma kit on a chest rig in my trunk. I could probably add a quick clot to my bag. Hmmm...
     
  2. CBRNE

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    I HIGHLY recommend the ITS Tactical Boo-Boo kit (or boo-boo kit plus) to handle every day routine injuries. Highest grade components, packed well, good price. I have many of them distributed throughout my little world
     
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  3. semper paratus

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    Yes in all my bags and a big one in each truck. The bags have the basics bandaids alcohol whips blister dressings tape and a length of ribbon that can be used for a sling or whatever. The truck bags are stocked with bandaids to Israelis bandages


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  4. gremlin078

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    I carry a Mini Dark Kit by Dark Angel medical. It's similar to the Trauma Pack pro above but has gloves and 100mph tape in it. The packaging is a hasty occlusive dressing. It's about the size of a pack of smokes ($40.00). I have other more complete kits in my EDC bags, but I carry a gun so I assume the possibility of getting shot. I can throw this in a pocket when I don't carry a bag or am separated from it. My EDC has a boo boo kit. The pocket kit is for life threatening issues requiring immediate care. As far as treating myself, I'll give myself at least a chance. If I'm unable, well you never know what might happen, maybe someone will help. At least I'll have something for them to use if I can't
     
  5. Inner Prop

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    Dang, that stuff is too expensive to practice with. How do you know how to use it? Are these kits just for EMTs/Paramedics? I'm 1st aid, CPR, AED trained and I wouldn't know how to use the stuff in the DARK kits.
     
  6. Gary Gross

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    Bags only. There's only just so much that can go wrong in the office where I work. There's no need for on person carry. The rest I leave to the professionals.
     
  7. PragmaticMurphyist

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    I found a Celox and Tourniquet Course (fairly) locally and went on that. It took a couple of hours and wasn't all that expensive (IMO). I believe that the European guidelines have now changed and that these should be built into workplace first aid courses as of sometime next year.

    (Just to clarify, I don't have one of the DARK kits. After the course I bought a CAT TQ and some Celox Rapid Z-fold and added them to my EDC PFAK.)
     
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  8. gremlin078

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    I have had practice with the components. There are trainers available for those with the cash. Usually identified with blue wrapping and re usable. The SWAT T is nothing more than a giant rubber band folded up.All of this stuff is not as good as a dedicated full kit (which I have also) but very space efficient and suits my needs. Training examples are on youtube vids for free. Glove up,Stuff/pack wound, wrap rubber band (which has the directions printed into the rubber).
     
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  9. Jimmy Changa

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    That's the winning comment right there, kids.

    [FULL DISCLOSURE] I'm a street EMT/Wilderness EMT and an instructor for both. [/FULL DISCLOSURE]

    I applaud anybody and everybody who carries *any* type of FAK. You're better than 95% of the Great Unwashed Masses.

    That said, if I had a life-threatening injury, I would much rather have somebody with *no* FAK -- but had the knowledge and ability of how to improvise -- than somebody carrying $500 worth of trauma kit on their person with little or no knowledge of how to use it.

    Now, don't take this as a knock against anybody who has spent a lot of time, money or effort putting together a tricked-out FAK. However, if said person has not studied, AND PRACTICED (repeatedly), how to effectively deploy the items in said FAK, then it's not much more than a false-sense-of-security, IMNSHO.

    One of the interesting ironies of teaching wilderness medicine is the noting inverse relationship between first-aid knowledge and skills and the size of the FAK.
     
  10. Minister

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    I carry an ifak on my bag that is always near during the workday. After work and on the weekend I have a mini ifak I keep in a cargo pocket. Swat-t, qc gauze, trauma dressing, nitrile gloves.
     
  11. gremlin078

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    That's exactly why I can get away with a limited kit like the mini Dark. I've trained over the years with both blue trainers and expedients. Nothing beats a full kit if you have it available, but the Mini Kit fills the gap between that and nothing. Could do something with a bootlace and torn shirt if I had to, but rather avoid the chance tissue necrosis, if possible.
     
  12. mole

    mole EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    started with a pack from REI. i still wear a FAK today. used it MANY times.
     
  13. coastwatcher42

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    I carry a small FAK in my cargo pocket. It is a basic kit that I made up and keep in a small Loksak. It is based on the pocket FAK made by The Urban Prepper on his YouTube channel. It is mainly a booboo kit with no real trauma items but I do keep a SWAT tourniquet in the other cargo pocket.
     
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    I carry a blow out kit in my EDC bag. ( oales bandage, CAT TQ, casualties tag, large tegaderm, and a sharpie marker )