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    Default EDC first aid kits

    If this is in the wrong forum, Mods please move. This is in response to Mr. Suarez's post on EDC Tourniquets. What is the recommended EDC first aid kit? I know there are a ton of options, but looking for what's worked, what hasn't, etc.

    Thanks!

    Michael

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    I will let GREG & SUA elaborate but my .02 is here. I do see two levels and two applications.

    Levels are

    ON YOUR PERSON (I think in urban America there are limits to what most people with real lives and real jobs can carry)
    IN YOUR VEHICLE/OFFICE

    Applications are

    URBAN where EMS system is functional and available...and close by.
    RURAL where its you for the next few days only

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    My EDC first aid kit consists of my brain and a TQ. On a regular basis I feel comfortable having a dedicated way to stop a bad bleed (TQ), and relying on improvisation for pressure dressings, etc... I don't see a need to have more on my person.

    My car kit includes a trauma kit:

    - shears
    - multiple ABD pads
    - multiple CAT TQs
    - multiple SWAT TQs / pressure dressing
    - multiple large rolls of gauze

    and a boo-boo kit:

    - bandaids
    - ibuprofen
    - 2x2 gauze squares

    If I go on a short hike or something that kit comes with me in a backpack.

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    Consider carrying aspirin for treatment of suspected cardiac issues.

    Some 911 systems will actually ask if there's any aspirin at the scene, and then go through a checklist to determine if it should be administered.

    Absent any such direction, patient is to chew (not swallow) one 325 mg tablet (the regular adult size) or four 81 mg tablets. Allergy to aspirin, active GI bleed, or pregnancy are contraindications.

    It's awesome that people are finally carrying tourniquets but a lot more folks die of heart attacks than of hemorrhage.

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    I keep 2 maxi pads in the same pocket as my tourniquet. They work well and dont take up much room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavySmoke View Post
    I keep 2 maxi pads in the same pocket as my tourniquet. They work well and dont take up much room.
    You want to soak up blood? Sounds like the tampon issue to me. Good for soaking up, not good for saving lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavySmoke View Post
    I keep 2 maxi pads in the same pocket as my tourniquet. They work well and dont take up much room.
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