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Thread: IFAK setup advice & what is the best compact gauze and compression bandages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by younggrasshopper View Post
    There are things contained within a military IFAK that arenít necessary in a civilian one in most situations. Like a full IV kit.
    Military IFAKs are not issued with and should not contain IV kits. Everything in a military IFAK should be compatible with the scope of practice of an Infantry PVT. Iím all for cops carrying the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1168 View Post
    Military IFAKs are not issued with and should not contain IV kits. Everything in a military IFAK should be compatible with the scope of practice of an Infantry PVT. Iím all for cops carrying the same.
    Many other military medics Iíve talked to have told their units to add IV starters to their IFAKS so they donít have to carry a million of them. In the general civilian scope, I was merely saying they could be omitted...

    I was a 68W long before I was a cop. Sorry I didnít say that to begin with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by younggrasshopper View Post
    Many other military medics Iíve talked to have told their units to add IV starters to their IFAKS so they donít have to carry a million of them. In the general civilian scope, I was merely saying they could be omitted...

    I was a 68W long before I was a cop. Sorry I didnít say that to begin with.
    Fair enough. We used to do similar in units Iíve been in a while back, but its been largely DCíd to make room for other stuff. I just donít think thats the best way to stage IV supplies, and official policies tend to agree. I suppose IV stuff wouldnít be the worse thing to have in an IFAK, if you can fit it. Dumbest thing Iíve found in someoneís IFAK is Twizzlers, so thereís that.
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    Do you prefer skittles....? Hahaha

    But generally speaking, I think the main thing civilian IFAKs should cater to is the ďMĒ in ďMARCHĒ

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    Hereís my favorite kit for balancing small but get you to a higher level of care if youíre in the boonies...


    https://buyhandh.com/products/easy-carry-trauma-kit

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    2 staged CAT or SOFW - I would say the CAT is more widely distributed now in the MIL/LEO circles.
    2 staged Israeli bandages
    2 packs of staged z-folded gauze - no need for hemostatic gauze (there was a study done showing little to no benefit to traditional gauze i.e. practice proper wound packing)
    14 ga 3.25 decompression needle
    Hyfin
    size 28 nasopharyngeal
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    A mylar blanket would be an excellent addition to your "First Responder" bag. I teach .mil medics and first responders to use the MARCH algorythm; Massive (life threatening) hemorrhage, Airway, Respirations, Circulation, Hypothermia. HYpothermia is one of the components of the lethal triad of trauma and often overlooked. The human body depends on maintaining a normal temperature of 98.6F (37C) for all the naturally occuring chemicals to work together.

    A couple of sam splints would come in handy as well, you can tear different lengths of tape and make layers of tape on a sam splint to make a "tape board."

    Roll kerlix is excellent for wound packing, burns, splinting, and all manner of treatments. Hemostatic gauze is cool, but it's expensive and most trauma docs I talk to emphasize that how a cavitation would is packed is more important than what you pack with. One could use strips of the patient's clothing if necessary.

    I wouldnt bother with IV start kits, too many people get fixated on starting an IV that they forget to manage the life threatening injuries. Starting an IV without being a qualified health care provider may not be covered by good samaritan laws in your state. I am a state licensed and nationally certified paramedic and I wont start an IV off duty.

    https://www.jems.com/2014/04/02/trau...hermia-acidos/
    Tourniquet, nose hose, chest seal, dart!

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