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A few days ago I asked the SurvivalistBoards Facebook group a question, “Name one thing a first aid kit is not complete without.” Some of the answers were helpful, and some were not what I expected.

I would like to thank all of the subscribers for helping out with this list.

Anti-bacterial soap. With nothing else you can prevent minor injuries from becoming serious with proper cleaning.
BANDAIDS
Quick clot
Iodine
Guaze
Toenail clippers
Whiskey
Super glue
Tweezers
CHOCOLATE
Rum ration, toothpicks, and pain killers
Ace wrap
Burn gel
Scalpel
Surgical suture
Abdominal pad
A container, be it box or bag, to hold all of your supplies together and safe/clean.
A good sized sewing needle…best thing to get out any splinter. Sometimes it’s the littlest things that get you.
Stitches
A first aid book
Cell phone
Lighter
An alcohol based disinfectant
Eye drops
Scissors
Knowledge
Training, smelling salts, halo chest seal, pressure bandage
Cephalexin, Doxycycline, Morphine
Chapstick, dental emergency filling repair
Tampons
Surgical gloves
A pocket mask
Fluid replacement
Heat Blanket
Whiskey

Or, you could buy a first aid kit.

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Whoever put Whiskey is my hero
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whiskey twice in fact
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Funny...no splints or triangular bandages? Even more shocking (with survivalists) is no mention of para-cord or duct tape.
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You're missing a ready-made torniquet and a nasopharyngeal airway. And why tampons?
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You're missing a ready-made torniquet and a nasopharyngeal airway. And why tampons?
Too quickly plug a bullet hole/wound. No Iv never had too do it myself!
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You're missing a ready-made torniquet and a nasopharyngeal airway. And why tampons?
A belt could be a tourniquet in a pinch, BUT... a Combitube would be a nice a nice addition, IF the person knows how to use it.
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Too quickly plug a bullet hole/wound. No Iv never had too do it myself!
I mentioned this once in another thread, but you never want to "plug" a bullet hole with a tampon. When it come to long-term care, they cause more harm than good; the bits of cotton are a real pain to get out of a wound and can cause infection quite easily. That's why, if someone's guts are hanging out, you don't put them back in, even if you wash them off. Always a chance of little bits of stuff causing infection.
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Sam Splint, CAT Tourniquet
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Some of them I like, especially the double whiskey....but no OTC pain meds?
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Painkillers were listed, on the same line as the rum ration and toothpicks.

Something I did NOT see was sugar and salt. Mixed with water, can make a quicky electrolyte solution. Also, if a diabetic is suffering from a blood sugar "crash" (happens sometimes, epecially after an insulin dose) that sugar can be life saver.
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I keep a torniquet and an epipen in my kit...(wife is allergic to bee's) I also have a military triangle bandage...some of the other things listed are in different parts of my BOB, like my nail clippers, they are in my fishing kit. Knowledge is the key...you can have all kinds of wonderful items in your FAK, but if you dont know how to use them properly thay wont do much good.
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Oh...and I have an asthma inhaler as well.
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Default Be VERY CAREFUL With Super Glue

You really don't want to confuse it with eye wash or various eye contacts cleaner. The bottles can sometimes look exactly the same. Auughh! If you want to super glue something ...don't. Wound closure....even temporary, might be considered second aid.

Fine tune your super first aid kit. Determine beforehand what exact use it may be employed for. Tornado and earthquake trauma may be almost the same. Burn patients may require other special stuff. Or...if you are comfy with the idea....

....A "Second Aid" trauma kit might work also. Expedition kits are available....all you need to do is talk some MD into writing the Rx's for all the heavy painers. The rest of the stuff you can easily get at your local Grange...or most of it. HB of CJ (old coot ex. FF PM RN)

Oh...figure on doubling the trauma stuff from what you think you will need. You will still quickly run out of stuff after the SHTF helping people, but only slower. We ran out of stuff just hot patching my elbow and knee after a nasty fall onto rocks.
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The items I like to have in a first aid kit are lots of sterile pads and tape along with several of the items that Kev lists. Seems through the years that those are the classic use items when a injury happens. Bandages that are stretch fabric instead of plastic coat seem to be more durable as well.

One thing you really want is a high grade of surgical scissors. Most scissors you get in the ready made kits are low quality and simply will not handle real world conditions. The ones I have are hand me downs from the time my mother was training as a nurse. They are over 30 years old and still cut fantastic (they are only used in first aid and not for other chores).

Other things that tend to get used are aspirin, Tylenol and a good moisturizing cream as well as some cold medicine.
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Black electrical tape I use it a lot to tape up cuts and have never had an infection when I do. I would also add duct tape.
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1-Skedco lifesavers bag,modified.
2- Lactated Ringers 500ml
3-Solution Sets
6-9 assorted IVCatheters
3 IV prep kits
2- epipen
1- inhaler
2- 12x12 field dressings
2- 6" Israeli Battle Dressings(IBD's)
1- 8" IBD's
5- 4" IBD's
4- QuickClot combat gauze
3- 36" sam splints
2- H&H wound seal kits
3-H&H 4.5" compressed gauze rolls
1- X-Large trauma dressings
4- dressing,first aid, field 4x7"
12- 4x4 gauze dressings, 12 ply
2- Bandage,Muslin
6-triangle bandags
2-6" zimmer wraps
2- 2.5" zimmer wraps
4- C.A.T. tourniquets
5- Assorted NPA's,size 28-38
2- 1" roll,Durapore
1- 2" roll, Durapore
1- shears
3- 14ga. Needle Decompression Device
6- pack, rehydration salts
6- pack, MRE electrolytes mix
1- 3M skin stapler( just for scaring kids)
3- Asherman chest seals
1-Bolin chest seals
Lots of gloves....
thats all I can fit in it. working on a second one to combine them. And add surgical kit, meds, 1000ml IV bags,more sets, Eye wash,some lighting, basic first aid modules, ect.
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Iv not read the lists, the brains not up to it today, but heres a few things I would have that arent normally included. My expereince is 5 years of District Nurses redressing Dads feet and me having to do stuff as well.

Twissers - metal so can be disinfected
Mircroporus tape - in different widths
NA dressings - not sure what this is called elsewhere but it doesnt stick to any wound, so good for open ulcers etc.
Swobs - a multi use item.
Magnifiying glass
Small waste bags - to take old dressings and general gunk.
Socks - large enough to go over foot wounds etc.
Portable urinal - someone on their back cant stand etc to pass water etc. Its also good to use urine like bleach on clothes.

A notebook to put down medicines and cross them off when taken and for FA notes
Pencil for the above.
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A notebook to put down medicines and cross them off when taken and for FA notes
Pencil for the above.
That is a great idea, and one I've never seen! Assuming real first aid, you will eventually get real medical help and this info could help them considerably.

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