What First Aid Gear Is Part of Your EDC?

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  1. rhino on INGO

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    Lots of us have great first aid and trauma kits for home, vehicle, range bag, backpack, haversack, etc. Some have good training or equivalent knowledge to use all of the gear and improvise when then they are unequipped. But . . . frequently you're not at home, not near your vehicle, and you bag is not on your person. In the event that that it's difficult to get to your kit, what do you carry on your person all the time? (training and competency is assumed, in this case).

    Based on my own life experience and training, I always have the following on my person in a cargo pocket on my shorts/pants (unless I am forced to dress for a job interview, which sucks and I don't like it!):
    • 6 inch Israeli bandage (IBD)
    • Gauze for packing wounds
    • A few gauze squares for applying pressure to less serious wounds or to augment the IBD
    • SOFTT-W tourniquet
    • Gorilla Tape
    I have a few IBDs that have a nasopharyngeal airway and a needle catheter taped to them, but I've gotten away from carrying them. They would be for treating me and if I had need of the former, I'd have to assume someone else is there and aware enough to use it on me. I might be able to decompress a tension pneumothorax on myself if I the need arose, but . . .
     
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    For me I carry a quick clot package and a bandana.

    Sometimes I'll have an actual kit with stuff. But those 2 things are with me 24/7
     
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    Every day I only carry a bandaid behind my phone case and an EpiPen. In my pack I often carry I have a full FAK. Well as full as you can fit into a 4.5x6 inch bag, but its pretty well rounded for an EDC FAK.
     
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    The bad thing, is you can go years and barely use a bandaid and then one day be at the wrong Walmart at the wrong time. You may need a kit for yourself or someone else/multiple people. The other is, if you do need it for yourself to be in the right mind to use it correctly. I posted awhile back about a single vehicle accident that I came across on a country road. The driver went off the road and hit a tree (said he fell asleep). You could see where his head impacted the windshield just above the dash on the passenger side. He seemed coherent given the circumstances, but definitely wasn't fully with it. He had an Eagle Scout bumper sticker and a decent first aid kit in the trunk. The issue was, he wanted to apply his own dressing to the wound on his head and did a poor job of doing it. I told him that I was also an ES and first responder through my job and even explained the issues with his bandage. Another motorist stopped about the same time as me and called 911 as I was checking on the driver. He was still being stubborn with them. Basically, he wasn't in the mindset to listen and couldn't adequately help himself. If his vehicle was drivable, I do believe he would have attempted to drive himself home.
     
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    In my case, I slipped and hit my head going up a set of stairs in a small lecture hall and got a severe laceration and tissue evulsion from the edge of one of the steps. There were about 40 students in the room and 3-4 of them helped by going for the police officer on duty and one offered me some tissues (she meant well), but other than that, no one tried or offered to help me. The bleeding was severe and actually the sound of it pouring onto the steps from my head was the first thing I remembered after the "Oh, crap! I'm going down!" thoughts as I was falling. When I was sitting holding pressure on the wound, I remembered the college had a nursing program, so I asked aloud if anyone was a nurse or could otherwise help. One guy said, "I'm an LPN and I was a combat medic in Iraq," but continued to just sit there and watch. By the time the cop arrived, I had the bleeding mostly under control.

    I wish someone like you had been there! I'm glad I am self-sufficient and that I regained my senses enough to treat myself, but it's usually better to have help from another competent individual when you're hurt (especially with a head injury). I've assisted a few people in need during my life. I can't imagine watching someone who needed help, knowing I could help, and doing nothing.
     
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    Thankfully, this guy wasn't bleeding really bad. You had the opposite problem. More severe bleeding and wanted help. I'd be upset too, especially after someone said that they've had some medical training. I saw a video recently where someone on a private boat received a pretty bad shark bite. A charter boat was in the area and being bigger/faster took the guy to shore. No direct pressure on the wound, the victim did elevate it and there was a miserable attempt at a tourniquet. I haven't checked the news to see if the guy made, but it looked like a survivable injury.
     
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    This is much discussed here, I have learned a lot. I keep more supplies nearby (usually vehicle), but EDC for work is bandages, bandana, Epi-pen, Albuterol asthma inhaler, Bandaids.
     
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    I work maintenance for the local hospital so I am always using tools. I have a full FAK I keep in my tool bag. Because, well, sh!t always seems to happen to or around me!
     
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    Ryker Ankle First Aid Kit:
    - seat belt cutter.
    - SWAT-T.
    - mini EMT shears.
    - two HyFin Chest Seals.
    - two 3"x 4 yard rolled gauze.
    - one old school USGI pressure bandage.
    - Arclite Cuda.

    Ryker_Ankle_IFAK_w_Knife_resize.jpg
     
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    As part of my actual "on body" EDC? Just nitrile gloves and a CPR mask.

    FAKs are never far away and I'll carry more if I'm going out into crowds or away from home base/vehicles. But, as far as true EDC goes, just basic BSI/PPE.
     
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    In my wallet, leukotape, Benadryl, aspirin, Advil, Zantac, a couple bandaids, one gauze pad. I consider edc what I have on my person. I don’t carry ppe but I’ll be happy to do compressions on you and for a young child/infant I’ll take my chances and follow up at the Emergency Room later.
     
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    I don't have any first aid stuff as a EDC but I do have better than average first aid kits and all of my vehicles and my bush pack. Where I live I'm never very far away from my vehicle at home, work or shopping.
     
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    I like everything about that except the seatbelt cutter located on the ankle. If you were trying to extricate yourself or a loved one from your crashed vehicle...

    But I have never thought about wearing a little pouch on my ankle like that it's a good idea.
     
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    There are other seat belt cutters in my vehicle within arms reach of the driver's position,
    The seat belt cutter in the AIFAK is for approaching other vehicles.
     
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    Mini first aid, tourniquet, 32gr celox, auvi-q.
    Each car have IFAK kit.
     
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    I used to carry a trauma kit in my pocket, but know that I have a school backpack that is on me basically whenever I’m out, I keep it stored there.

    Yes, I know, what about the other times. I always have a well stocked kit in the car, no matter if it’s my car or not. I something goes down, I’ll want to be getting out of the building first, ensuring my family’s safety. After that comes wound treatment and countermeasures.

    When I am old enough for a ccw, I’ll start carrying a kit on my person again, but this works for now.

    In my backpack, I have my boo boo kit, done hygiene items, and my IFAK.

    If you want my full loadout, just ask, but trauma is all I’ll post now:

    -CAT Tourniquet(x2)
    -6in IBD
    -4in IBD
    -Hemostatic gauze (x2)
    -Hyfin chest seals (pair)
    -Gloves (x2)

    These are items I have been trained with and can use quickly and effectively. I carry nothing that I do not know how to use.

    I pray to God I never need it, but it’s there if I do.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    First and foremost, gloves, because I'm not touching a stranger without them. Period.
     
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    IFAK A1, 2 CAT, gloves, mask, tools, light, fire, water, grabber blanket, and some rusty skills.
     
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    I see no one is carrying Saline. I guess that meant it is overkill.

    -saline irrigation
    -steri strips
    -moleskin
    -gauze roll
    -Ace bandage
    -dyna-stopper dressing
    -disposable tourniquet
    -sports tape or Ducktape
    -ziplocks
    -alcohol pads
    -gloves
    -fresnel lens
     
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    I can't speak for anyone else, but when I started the topic, it was to discuss what you carry on your person all the time, not what you have in a kit in your bag or car or closet. If you can EDC all of that on your person, I am impressed. I EDC more gear than anyone I know (or have read or heard about), but I don't have room in my pockets for any significant quantity of saline solution.
     
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    I carry saline too, a long with rock climbers tape.
     
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    I usually carry two (2) bandaids in my wallet. When I use one, I usually don’t replace it until I’ve used the last one - forgetfulness is the reason.
     
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    How do you carry it? Belt pouch? Are we talking a liter bag or one of those small bottles?
     
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    It's just a tiny bottle... I wear contacts and have had several eye injuries...
    Goes into my pocket with my bic wrapped in tape.
     
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    Is this sterile enough for open wounds?
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    Electrical tape is my go to because it has a little bit of stretch to it.
     

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