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    Question Building a couple first aid kits...Need feedback on contents

    I'm putting together a couple new first aid kits. One for the house and one for my truck. I'm going to make them the same and would like them to be set up to deal with anything from a traumatic wound to a headache. I'd like to get some feedback on my contents list. Here's what I have so far:

    -- This is the most up to date list --

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    Trauma / Hemorrhage	
    Qty	Item
    1	SOF/CAT Tourniquet
    1	Tourni-Kwik TK-4
    1	QuikClot Gauze, 3"x4yd
    2	Olaes Bandage, 4"
    1	Izzy Bandage, 6" w/ Slider
    2	Gauze, 4.5"x4.1yd, Kerlix or PriMed
    2	Trauma Pad, 5"x9" or larger
    10	Gauze Pad, 4"x4" or ~2" Stack of Non-Sterile 4"x4"
    2	Elastic Compression Bandage, 4"
    
    Burns	
    Qty	Item
    6	Water Gel Burn Gel, 3.5gr Packet 
    2	Water Gel Dressing, 4"x4"
    2	CoFlex LF2 Bandage, 3"
    5	Cleansing Wipes, Lidocaine and Aloe
    
    Minor Wounds	
    Qty	Item
    15	Adhesive Bandage, 5/8"x2-1/4"
    10	Adhesive Bandage, 3/4"x3"
    5	Adhesive Bandage, 1"x3"
    5	Adhesive Bandage, 1-3/4"x4"
    5	Adhesive Bandage, 1-1/2x3-1/4" Knuckle
    2	Eye Pads, Oval, 2-1/8"x2-5/8"
    2	Triangular Bandage, 40"x40"x56"
    10	Towelette, Benzalkonium Chloride
    10	Towelette, Alcohol
    20	Butterfly Closures
    2	Eye Wash, 4oz Single-Use
    10	Eye Drops, Single Use
    2	Cloth Tape Roll, 1"
    
    Medications	
    Qty	Item
    1	Aspirin, 81mg Chewable, Bottle of 36ea
    12	Acetaminophen, 325 mg Tablet
    12	Ibuprofen, 200 mg Tablet
    12	Diphenhydramine, 25 mg Capsule
    12	Diamode, 2 mg Tablet
    12	Diotame, 262mg Tablet
    12	Alamag, 300mg Tablet
    12	Triple Antibiotic Ointment
    12	Hydrocortisone Cream 1%
    2	Oral Rehydration Salts
    1	Glucose, 25mg Tube
    
    Tools / PPE / Misc	
    Qty	Item
    1	Carmex Lip Balm
    6	Nitrile Gloves, Pair, Large
    1	EMT Shears
    1	Tweezers
    1	Duct Tape Roll, 2"x5yd
    2	Safety Pins, Large
    4	Safety Pins, Small
    1	Flashlight w/ Li Batteries
    1	Headlamp w/ Li Batteries
    1	Sharpie Marker, Fine Point
    Last edited by kerplode; 11-19-09 at 13:05. Reason: List Update

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    Trauma / Hemorrhage
    Qty Item
    2 SOF Tourniquet (Always have a tourniquet, Never have just 1)
    1 QuikClot Gauze, 3"x4yd
    2 Olaes Bandage, 4" (or I prefer 6" Izzy w/ Slider)
    0 Petroleum Gauze, 3"x9"
    0 priMed Gauze, 4.5"x4.1yd
    2 Kerlix Gauze, 4.5"x4.1yd
    2 Trauma Pad, 5"x9" (Go big or go Home, buy the biggest trauma pads you can)
    0 Gauze Pad, 4"x4" (Just buy 1 sleve or package of non-sterile and throw 2-3" thick stack in)
    2 Elastic Compression Bandage, 3" (Why 3"? Buy 4")

    Burns
    Qty Item
    6 Water Gel Burn Gel, 3.5gr Packet
    2 Water Gel Dressing, 4"x4"
    0 Water Gel Dressing, 4"x16"
    0 Water Gel Face Mask, 12"x16"
    2 CoFlex LF2 Bandage, 3"
    5 Cleansing Wipes, Lidocaine and Aloe (Your Choice I dont use anything like that)

    If the burn is larger than a 4x4" dressing can cover you are better suited using a dry dressing (probably a trauma pad.)

    Minor Wounds
    Qty Item
    0 Gauze Pad, 2"x2" (Cut from 4x4's if needed)
    15 Adhesive Bandage, 5/8"x2-1/4"
    10 Adhesive Bandage, 3/4"x3"
    5 Adhesive Bandage, 1"x3"
    5 Adhesive Bandage, 1-3/4"x4"
    5 Adhesive Bandage, 1-1/2x3-1/4" Knuckle
    2 Eye Pads, Oval, 2-1/8"x2-5/8"
    2 Triangular Bandage, 40"x40"x56"
    10 Towelette, Benzalkonium Chloride
    10 Towelette, Alcohol
    20 Butterfly Closures
    2 Eye Wash, 4oz
    2 Cloth Tape Roll, 1"

    Medications
    Qty Item
    12 Aspirin, 325 mg Tablet (I would replace with 81mg Children's Chewable more versatile)
    12 Acetaminophen, 325 mg Tablet
    12 Ibuprofen, 200 mg Tablet
    12 Diphenhydramine, 25 mg Capsule
    12 Diamode, 2 mg Tablet
    12 Diotame, 262mg Tablet
    12 Alamag, 300mg Tablet
    12 Triple Antibiotic Ointment
    12 Hydrocortisone Cream 1%
    2 Oral Rehydration Salts
    1 Glucose, 25mg Tube

    Tools / PPE / Misc
    Qty Item
    1 Carmex Lip Balm
    1 Eye Drops
    6 Nitrile Gloves, Pair (Size Large - Most versatile size)
    1 Ambu Res-Cue Key CPR Shield (I am never breathing for someone not related to me with anything like that, If they happen to be related to me I am still not using that. If they are in Cardiac Arrest I am not going to be breathing for them anyway just pumping chest til the appropriate gear shows up with people who can help.)
    1 EMT Shears
    1 Tweezers
    1 Duct Tape Roll, 2"x5yd

    Just my thoughts, hope it helps let me know if you have questions. Add 2 sources of light to the kit.

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    Thanks...I appreciate the input! I'll get the list updated with your suggestions.

    And yeah, I totally forgot about light sources. How does a small AA flashlight w/ spare battery plus a white chem light sound?

    Updated contents list:
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    Last edited by kerplode; 11-19-09 at 13:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerplode View Post
    And yeah, I totally forgot about light sources. How does a small AA flashlight w/ spare battery plus a white chem light sound?
    Headlamp for close in stuff, and a Surefire G2L or something similar for far away stuff. Put lithium batteries in both (since you shouldn't be using the light source except for an emergency, the batteries should have a long shelf life).

    Also for storage get a pack with two sections, put the boo-boo stuff in one compartment, and the trauma stuff in another. Two purposes, so trauma stuff doesn't gets taken for minor stuff, and second, so you don't have to sort through boo-boo stuff to get to the life saving stuff.

    Also the tourniquets should be quick to get to, they should be on, or near the outside.
    Last edited by PPGMD; 11-12-09 at 15:54.

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    Thanks for the input! I think a CR123 powered light would be nice for the house kit, but I'm hesitant to leave lithium ion batteries in my car for fear they could overheat in the summer and start a fire. That concern may be overblown, though...I'll have to do some more research.

    I picked up a couple decent packs at a local surplus-store that have three sections, one large one plus two smaller ones. My plan is to stick the trauma and burn stuff in the large section, the boo-boo stuff and meds in one small section, everything else in the other. I think it'll work, but I won't know for sure until I get all the components gathered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerplode View Post
    Thanks for the input! I think a CR123 powered light would be nice for the house kit, but I'm hesitant to leave lithium ion batteries in my car for fear they could overheat in the summer and start a fire. That concern may be overblown, though...I'll have to do some more research.

    I picked up a couple decent packs at a local surplus-store that have three sections, one large one plus two smaller ones. My plan is to stick the trauma and burn stuff in the large section, the boo-boo stuff and meds in one small section, everything else in the other. I think it'll work, but I won't know for sure until I get all the components gathered.
    I've left a G2L in my car for about a year now. In the Florida sun. No issues.

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    That's good to know! I'm sure they ride all around Iraq in the sun, too. Do you use the Surefire batteries?

    Here's the updated list with the light source changes:
    Moved to post #1
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerplode View Post
    Do you use the Surefire batteries?
    I tend to, since they are often the cheapest quality brand.

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    Now that I'm starting to collect the stuff for these kits in one place, I think the bags I have are going to be too small. Do any of y'all have any recommendations for decent bags that aren't a ton of money?

    Also, what are your thought on adding the following items:
    Fine point sharpie
    A few safety pins of various sizes
    A couple tampons - For their intended use as well as for plugging up puncture wounds

    Finally, Kerlix vs. priMed - I was looking at them side by side last night, and the priMed packaging is much more space efficient. Basically, two priMeds will fit in the same space as one Kerlix. I suspect Kerlix is easier to use in an emergency, but is it superior to the point that it warrants the 2x space increase?

    Thanks again for the help with this project. It's going to end up being a significant investment, so I want to make sure it's done right.

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    Use what you like its all relatively the same stuff, I use Kerlix because it is cheap and readily accesible and works reasonably well, doesnt mean that the PriMED doesnt work as well or better, I have not used it.

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