What are you using for an IFAK

DocGKR

Dr.Ballistics
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#21
As recent tragic events have yet again illustrated—having at least a tourniquet and hemostatic Gauze on your person, not just in the car, at ALL times, on and off duty, is a good idea, particularly for LE and medical personnel. Officers wearing tactical load bearing equipment, as well as those using the new outer armor carriers have room for a more effective Individual First Aid Kit/Blow Out Kit for treating gunshot wounds. Even civilians should consider carrying an appropriate IFAK, as you never know when you might be required to stop a life threatening bleed.
 

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#22
Strong side cargo pocket has:
-H&H compression bandage
-Quick clot
-NAR chest seals
- ziplock bag with trauma card and info

Warrant service Kit: (old OSOE mini-IFAK)
- Chest seals (HALO being rotated to NAR)
- CAT on IFAK
- 1x Quick Clot
- 1x NAR Emergency Trauma bandage
- 1x Nasal Airway

Rural Operstions Kit: (BFG full sized Trauma Kit)
- 2x Chest seals (NAR)
- 1x CAT (on IFAK)
- 1x Quick Clot
- 2x compresses gauze
- 1x 4” ace bandage
- 1x Nasal Airway
- 2x NAR Needle decompression kits
- 2x pairs nitrile gloves
- 1x H&H eye patch kit
- Draw and shoot Eppi kit and Benedryl (separate sealed container)

I keep a CAT ranger banded centerline on my belt (for all ops) and calf or shoulder pocket for warrant services. For all operations I have my cargo pocket kit with me.

Focus on warrant service kit is dealing with trauma now since we have team medic in the stack, paramedics in the armor, usually a trauma surgeon in the armor, and a system set to evacuate to hospital care.

Rural ops are further from higher care, minimal or no pre-staged medical evacuation and backcountry risks. The kit is more extensive and can deal with some back country issues, specifically anaphylactic shock and eye injuries.

I am not a medic but a medically trained guy with the team.
 
#23
EDC:
Aptus Design group LVAK (on ankle or IWB) with NAR 10 guage ARS, SOFTT-W, Combat Gauze, H&H Compressed Gauze, Hyfin vent twin pack, NPA, a set of gloves, and a Talon hook knife.
Full disclosure I own Aptus Design Group, but I do legitimately wear this kit every day when not in full kit. Moderators if this is in violation of the rules I apologize.

On PC:
custom med insert in Paraclete mag pouch with 1x shears, 1x NAR 10 guage ARS, 1x combat gauze, 2x H&H compressed gauze, 1x 4" ace wrap, NPA, Gloves, combat pill pack, blue chem light, and 2x SOFTT-W (one in a Tron Tactical TQ-H, one in a custom TQ pouch on shoulder strap)
 
#25
EDC when not at work, I only carry a RAT's TQ on my person.
At work my duty set is a RAT TQ + a CAT TQ, a Trauma pack from amazon, 2 Israeli bandages, 2 occlusive dressings, Shears, and then a small kit of general bandaids as well as aniseptic.

Its meant to be sort of a catch all kit from major trauma to bumps and scrapes from training.

sorry for the shit formating
 

krax

Member
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#27
EDC when not at work, I only carry a RAT's TQ on my person.
At work my duty set is a RAT TQ + a CAT TQ, a Trauma pack from amazon, 2 Israeli bandages, 2 occlusive dressings, Shears, and then a small kit of general bandaids as well as aniseptic.

Its meant to be sort of a catch all kit from major trauma to bumps and scrapes from training.

sorry for the shit formating
I'm with Prime. All of that looks pretty terrible.

RATS TQs are garbage. I'd rather have a stick and a rag.

For your off-duty EDC, the SOF-TW is the "lowest profile" TQ that incorporates a windlass. The CAT and TX2 are similarly sized "real" TQs. Acceptable substitutes, as long as you acknowledge the compromise you're making, are the SWAT and TK4.

I don't know what an Amazon trauma pack is.

Israeli bandages aren't trash, but they're really just a pre-made pressure dressing and carrying two is a waste of volume.

2x occlusive dressings is good. What kind are they?

You're missing gauze and/or hemostatic gauze. Wound packing is key for bleeders.
 
#28
I'm with Prime. All of that looks pretty terrible.

RATS TQs are garbage. I'd rather have a stick and a rag.

For your off-duty EDC, the SOF-TW is the "lowest profile" TQ that incorporates a windlass. The CAT and TX2 are similarly sized "real" TQs. Acceptable substitutes, as long as you acknowledge the compromise you're making, are the SWAT and TK4.

I don't know what an Amazon trauma pack is.

Israeli bandages aren't trash, but they're really just a pre-made pressure dressing and carrying two is a waste of volume.

2x occlusive dressings is good. What kind are they?

You're missing gauze and/or hemostatic gauze. Wound packing is key for bleeders.
I have not heard any real complaints about the RATs before now.

I have gauze both 4x4s and a roll for wound packing, quickclot granules, and some other odds and ends. I didn't do the best in posting what all I had.
 

krax

Member
Network Support I
#29
It's not that the RATS can't be a tourniquet, it can and they've gone to great lengths to prove it. The problem is that no stretchy TQ is a good one-handed TQ and the amount of pressure is more difficult to apply and reduce without a windlass.

Same thing with Quick Clot granules. It's not that they can't work, it's that hemostatic gauze is a better way for a first responder to apply those chemicals to where they're needed in a shitty environment.

Check out the rest of the kits on this thread. You'll see some common themes. Then make yours look like those. If for some reason you can't, reach out here for help.

None of this is intended to be a personal attack. Sometimes we just don't know what we don't know. If your shit stinks, this is the forum where you'll hear about it in the name of your professional development.