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    Quote Originally Posted by ST911 View Post
    Modular approach to med supplies. 1st, 2nd, 3rd line. Or, individual-vehicle-residential.
    https://www.jsomonline.org/articles/...008430Ball.pdf Mike agrees, and hes always right.
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    Modularity or scaling up/down based on mission is key, or everyone wants to take the STOMP with the kitchen sink on a 2-mile hike.

    *My range bag, kept in my vehicle at the range or during any training event (Vickers, TMac, Shrek, etc) is that article's 'assault bag.' On my belt I have an IFAK; in my hand-carried range bag I have something akin to customized Unit 1 with a handful of more trauma stuff, but also sunscreen, pain meds, benadryl for stupid fire ants or bees, a metric crap-ton of band aids. My regular go-on-vacay-with-the-family kit is entirely different, but contain a module for meds; a trauma module; a boo-boo module; etc.

    And about once a year I end up reconfiguring my bags because I see someone else's in which the storage or how the stuff is located might be better than mine.

    The Special Operations Medical Handbook has kit set-ups. I am happy to scan that section to anyone who is interested.

    *I have been out of the service and out of TEMS for a few years now, so I still pack my shi* like I did then, just with newer, validated shi*. I am completely OK with evolution and that there may be better mousetraps out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1168 View Post
    https://www.jsomonline.org/articles/...008430Ball.pdf Mike agrees, and he’s always right.
    Great article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckman View Post
    RE: pain meds, the big 3: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. Of course, know when and why to take each because they are not the same.
    Any info on this would be most appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pachucko View Post
    Any info on this would be most appreciated.


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    This article captures the differences pretty well. One of the most important things is knowing what can/can't be combined. If you mix the 'wrong' OTC pain meds, you're asking for liver and/or kidney damage.

    https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-...d-advil-770459

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    For the light packer that wants fewer bottles and instructions right-there-on-the-label, Advil Dual Action is an option, also. And if any med is to be carried for a not-military patient pop, then aspirin should be one of them, also. That gets you down to two OTC meds related to pain control.

    Were getting pretty deep in the weeds on pharm for laypeople, but issued IFAKs contain Mobic, Tylenol, and Moxifloxacin. Motrin works in a similar way to Mobic, and Id consider it a reasonable substitute for combining with Tylenol (as I often do).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1168 View Post
    For the light packer that wants fewer bottles and instructions right-there-on-the-label, Advil Dual Action is an option, also. And if any med is to be carried for a not-military patient pop, then aspirin should be one of them, also. That gets you down to two OTC meds related to pain control.

    We’re getting pretty deep in the weeds on pharm for laypeople, but issued IFAKs contain Mobic, Tylenol, and Moxifloxacin. Motrin works in a similar way to Mobic, and I’d consider it a reasonable substitute for combining with Tylenol (as I often do).
    Advil Dual Action is the bomb; it and black coffee constitutes most of my breakfasts.

    Yeah, Mobic is great. I hate that it is prescription.

    The most common mistake laypeople make is combining the wrong meds (usually acet. and/or NSAID, with ASA), which is why pill packs are so great. Agreed, need to add ASA to a well-stocked kit.

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