Anytime you carry a firearm, you should also carry a trauma kit. Unless you have one that can slip into a pocket as a concealed carry handgun, chances are it will get left behind. This type of kit isn’t ideal for treating a gunshot wound but contains the very basics. Although, i have had to treat gunshot wounds with a lot less than is in the example in the picture below. The patient’s injury was not immediately life-threatening, and i was able to improvise what was needed. it could have been much worse.
These are the trauma kits you’ve seen military personnel and survivalists carrying on their load-bearing equipment. When there is an above-average chance that you might get shot, this is what you carry. The idea here is that everyone brings their own and is treated using the supplies they have. That way, you won’t run out of supplies to treat someone in your group.
This kit is designed to get lifesaving trauma supplies into the hands of those treating victims of mass casualty incidents. This type of kit is a bag full of smaller “throw kits” that can be distributed where they are most needed. These kits are stored in fixed sites and vehicles.
if you are a medical professional or have sought advanced medical training, you need to have a trauma kit that includes the tools you need to provide adequate care. Mutual Assistance Groups often include members with specialized medical training. These aren’t small trauma kits designed for EDC but are designed for roles such as Combat Lifesaver, Combat Medic, EMT, or WEMT. These are another kind of kit. You might store larger kits like these in fixed sites or bring them along if you are forced to bug out, but they are beyond the scope of this article.
A trauma kit needs a pouch, which can be as simple as the Loksak above for a small EDC kit. For kits intended for overt carry, a suitable bag is needed. For this role, i prefer a flat pouch with a removable insert like the SO Tech Flat iFAK in the picture below.
The reason for this is that boxy pouches are very uncomfortable if they get between you and a car seat or if you lay on top of them when assuming the prone position behind cover. They can also snag. Flat pouches are also easier to fit into other bags. in the end, you’ll have to decide what works for you. Some guys like to put a fat iFAK where they can use it as a ledge to prop up the arm supporting their weapon.
i also like a removable insert, and this one includes a shock cord lanyard so i can hang the insert around my neck while working with it. This is nice because it helps prevent you from dropping or losing medical gear if you must deal with a threat while rendering aid to yourself or another.
When carrying overt load-bearing equipment, i like to take a tourniquet upfront on my plate carrier where it’s easily accessible. TQ carriers also make it possible to have more than one tourniquet and make sure that someone else can find them easily, which is vital since you may be in shock or unconscious if you need one.
The list includes eyewash, eye particle remover, ointments, decontamination wipes for irritant sprays, burn cream, cold packs, and more. These items are certainly appropriate to include in larger kits designed to treat more than just life-threatening trauma but would take up too much room in a small trauma kit.
i hope this article has given you a few ideas to improve the gear you carry and motivate more people to take appropriately-sized trauma kits for EDC and overt carry and perhaps keep something a little comprehensive at home, work, and vehicles. i’d love to hear what you carry in the comments.
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Add cayenne pepper to your kit. it will coagulate blood in bleeding wound. Sprinkle on then tape wound closed. Stings but works. Works like cells strpps. i can not get them here inCanada. Hope to get some in N.Y. State when boarder opens.