This, in my humble opinion, is the bare minimum that a first aid kit should have. It should be on, or near you at all times. (By that I mean no more than 1 reach away from you). It is not meant to be a comprehensive kit, but rather something to hold the blood while you try to remember where your main first aid kit is. It consists of:
- Field trauma dressing x 1
- Band Aids x 5 (3 small, 2 large)
- Neosporin (I have individual packets, but a small tube will work)
- latex gloves x 1 pair
Place everything but the field dressing in a small ziplock to keep it dry. Place the ziplock and the field dressing into a small pouch (I use a USGI compass pouch) or pocket. Make sure that where ever you place this kit is accessible in a hurry. If you are with another person or in a group, make sure that they each have a blow out kit also, and that you know where there kit is. General rule is that if you are treating someone else, use their kit first, not yours.
Personal thoughts on treatment with this kit. One, this is my opinion, use it at your own risk. Two, get some training, its better than my opinions. Three, if it is a small, shallow cut that can be covered with a band aid, use pressure to stop the bleed, flush it with some TREATED water, cover it with some Neosporin and then a band aid, and go about your day. Check it daily, clean it daily, and recover with Neosporin and Band Aidat least once a day, more if it becomes dirty. Clean and dry are good things. Four, if its bigger than a Band Aid, or deep, cover it with a field dressing and start moving towards your main first aid kit. You are going to want to stop the bleeding with pressure before or as you move. It also needs to be cleaned, but not in the field. Get to a spot where you can set up a mini treatment center. With your main kit you will be better suited to cleaning the wound and dealing with closing it. Remember, the kit listed above is only to see you thru to the point where you can recieve/provide better medical care.
PhishiRead the forum discussion on Blow Kits here: