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Putting together Pocket FAK...anything missing?

Discussion in 'First Aid Station' started by Harryk387, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Harryk387

    Harryk387 Empty Pockets

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    Heres what I have so far. Waiting on my Maxpedition Micro Pocket Organizer to put this all in. Will also be adding some tweezers and a packet of woundseal.

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  2. lnytunes

    lnytunes Loaded Pockets

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    How about a bit of medical tape, unless you already have some duct tape carried somewhere else?
     
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  3. Tristar777

    Tristar777 Loaded Pockets

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    I must admit I always have duct tape in my FAKs. Makes stuff stick that don't want to stick! Like band aids, I always seem to get a boo boo where the band aid just wont stick down.
    I now use cotton pads and stick those down with tape!
    Of course I could try harder not to get the injury in the first place! Lol!
     
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  4. Harryk387

    Harryk387 Empty Pockets

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    Thanks guys, but I guess I should have written in my original post what everything is.

    I have a small roll of medical tape wrapped around itself (just under the cotton swabs) and I also have some gorilla tape just above the nitrile gloves.
     
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  5. Aleister

    Aleister Loaded Pockets

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    +3M Closure strips (alternative to stitches)
    +Ultra thin safety mirror
    +Ultra thin magnifying card
    +Burning Gel
    +Betadine pads
    +Victorinox Classic (or else a knife, scissors, tweezers, toothpick)

    I, also, can't see if you have triple antibiotic in your FAK, so if you don't, add that too.
     
  6. comma8 comma1

    comma8 comma1 Loaded Pockets

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    Heavy compression bandage?
    It may be a bit bulky for this size FAK,
    but i personally find them pretty indispensable
     
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  7. The British Are Coming

    The British Are Coming Loaded Pockets

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    Personally I'd lose the gorilla tape and stick more surgical tape and a couple of bandages to secure dressings. Gorilla tape is, obviously, not sterile and you don't want to tear open a partly healed wound when you try to rip the tape away.

    Unless you have it elsewhere be sure to include some alcohol based hand sanitiser, gloves tear and getting a random person's blood on you is not good. Also, make sure you have at least a couple of pairs of gloves, based on the principle that one is none (see the previous comment about them tearing).
     
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  8. pathwinder14

    pathwinder14 Loaded Pockets

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    I suggest athletic tape. It breathes, the glue is better, it flexes better, sweat won't immediately break the glue down, and you can write on it (for triage purposes).
     
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  9. FL Woods Bum
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    FL Woods Bum Your Grace!

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    The most commonly used item out of my FAK I don't see in your kit. Some sort of OTC Pain Killer.

    I would also consider adding (assuming you don't have them, it's hard to read what each smaller package is):

    Benadryl (1 dose)
    Dramamine (1 dose)
    Antacid (1 dose)
    Additional Alcohol Wipe Pads (1 never seems to be enough)
    Iodine Wipe Pads (I prefer these for deeper wounds)
    Scalpel blade (individually seal package)

    A few of these may have been mentioned already by others, I am just seconding them. You may want to check out the thread below for ideas of where to get individual OTC packs cheap:

    http://edcforums.com/threads/individually-packaged-otc-meds.116712/

    Something to think about. To get as much in the pack as you can, I would remove redundancy wherever you can. Some ideas:

    • Keep the Combat Gauze to cover your gauze related needs and put the Steri-Pads in your larger FAK.
    • Instead of keeping an individual sleeve of triple antibiotic, consider replacing some of your bandaids with the those that come impregnated with triple antibiotic already. Not only do you cut down on the space you are using, but you can use a bandaid as an applicator for the triple antibiotic.
    Overall, great looking kit so far. It will evolve on you over time. Just be careful not to remove things because "I never use them". You will want them one day. Also, set a shelf life on what is in the kit. I have mine set at 6 months. The last thing you want to do is to grab an alcohol pad that's dried out.
     
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  10. bull_paqqy
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    bull_paqqy EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I see no butterfly bandages. :) I could not tell, do you have any aspirin or advil?
     
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  11. ManVsLawn

    ManVsLawn EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Handkercheif/duct tape. 8)
     
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  12. keith1234
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    I've done that before.
     
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  13. Cobra 6 Actual

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    Surprisingly useful that handkerchief, ManVsLawn. Also, a couple of little things if the OP doesn't already have them in the rest of his EDC:

    Pen or pencil
    Note paper
    Mini bandage scissors
    Ziplock baggies
    Extra small-sized multitool
    Small light (headlamp would be ideal)

    I always liked to have plenty of 4"x4" sterile gauze pads when I was on rescue: they can be folded down or cut to many different sizes.
     
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