A note about med kits

These days, a well-rounded 21st-century man often leaves the house with several things in addition to their wallet, keys, and mobile device, namely: a small knife/multitool for multiple tasks, a larger knife for larger tasks, a small yet powerful flashlight, the most effective handgun they can get away with while still being comfortable and concealable, and the civil version of an IFAK.

My solution to the latter is pedestrian but, in my mind, effective:

I use a SWAT (Stretch, Wrap, and Tuck) Tourniquet which comes with a lot of advantages
A. It is multi-purpose beyond just being a TQ, and can be used as a pressure dressing or elastic bandage, something other TQs can’t do.
B. It can be used with minimal training as a tourniquet, which is important if I have to instruct someone on the fly to use it, perhaps on myself.
C. Because of its design, it can be used higher into the groin and axilla than other TQs
D. It is largely disposable
E. As it doesn’t have a windlass, it is easier to conceal and get through entry control points. I have flown with a SWAT-T dozens of times and never had TSA gripe me about it while nicer TQs with metal windlasses sometimes get barred for carry-on.

Besides the SWAT-T, I have a small ziplock with assorted band-aids for various size ouchies, iodine, gauze pads, prep pads, butterfly closures and a couple of vent chest seals to help “close the box.” Another small pouch holds a CPR face shield and a pair of gloves although in most cases compression-only is the way to go.

All of the above folds up in a thick double-sided handkerchief that in a pinch can make a large (though nonsterile) bandage if nothing else is available, be used to help clean an area for assessment, or serve as packing over a more purpose-made dressing. Be sure to launder it weekly and swap out your hankies regularly, while checking your TQ and kit for wear and compromise. Remember to review, renew, and refresh.

Weight, all told, is 5-ounces and, when folded up, fits neatly in my back left pants pocket, even in khakis. As I have a minimalist wallet that I front pocket carry, it is all good.

Of course, you could go larger, including an NPA and other goodies, and I have a couple of much bigger backpack-sized kits in my Jeep and house and make sure to have one on the range each time, but this kit above is for personal EDC pocket carry.

While speaking about medical kits, be sure to get regular introductory and refresher training from reputable sources when it comes to this stuff and always remember, “First, do no harm.”

I recently ran across this cheat sheet via the Proactive Response Group that, while substitution for training, is nonetheless pretty neat.

via the Proactive Response Group

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