SkinnyMedic and IraqVeteran8888 discuss trauma supplies that you should have in your first aid kit. They could save your life.
The first item they discuss is the C-A-T (Combat Application Tourniquet). It is a staged tourniquet that can be put on an arm or leg, with one hand. Eric also says that “It’s difficult to hurt yourself” with this tourniquet, a fact that many people don’t consider when applying a tourniquet.
Pressure bandages are another good option for a bandage or as a tourniquet. They discuss two varieties. One is a simple pressure wrap where the end of the bandage tucks into itself as it comes to the end of the wrap. The other is an Israeli bandage, which has a plastic clip that the end of the wrap is secured to, and then the wrap is reversed, creating a strong and tight bandage or tourniquet.
“I’ve always been a fan of Israeli bandages,” says Eric. “They’re excellent.”
You can also bandage different body parts, such as the shoulder or head, with an Israeli bandage. Follow the link at the end of this article to go more in depth into Israeli bandages.
“If you’re going to buy one thing for your trauma kit to start out,” says SkinnyMedic, “I’d buy an Israeli bandage.”
Chest wounds are a whole different animal. You cannot place a tourniquet on a chest wound, but there are products to deal with that kind of trauma. Chest seals are worth considering adding to your kit. Hyfin Chest Seal is one such product. They are relatively cheap – two for around $12 – and are easy to employ.
In spite of how prepared many people are in other areas of survival training and tactics, Eric says “I believe most people are probably the most ill-prepared medically.” But even cursory emergency medical training and a well-stock kit with trauma supplies included is just as essential to being prepared.
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