First Aid Kit types and what we carry in our vehicles here at Barbers Point Hawaii.

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We had one non MV related incident on our museum flightline a couple years back and were caught with our pants down. It turned out ok in the end but it lit a fire under our okoles (Hawaiian for asses) to get a decent first aid program going. We decided to adopt the US military theories of the Indvidual First Aid Kit (IFAK) , the bigger boo boo kit called the Combat Casualty Response Kit (CCRK) and the bigger and more extensive WALK bag depending on the mission.
On the flightline here we use the HMMWVs to give people rides out to the planes. (This is not only HIGHLY cool, but makes that 12 dollar admission fee that much more worth it.)

So in the HMMWVs we put two current and inspected IFAKS on the rear doors of the M998 HMMWV. The road trips we take are usually delivery for Hawaii Five O film work, or living history events that are on island or we are in parades.

When we take the vehicles on the road and off flightline we carry the USMC vehicle FAK (VFAK) or Army WALK kit. They are essentially the same. So for this discussion I disclaim here:
This stuff needs training and some of it could kill ya if ya dont know what to do. So if you do what we are doing with anything bigger than a IFAK, get some decent spool up to learn how to use the gear. Even the IFAK has a CAT tourniquet that should have training.

Starting with the IFAK:
Its got the following and is great for self aid or buddy aid in most decent concievable everyday injuries-
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8465-01-531-3647 100 Round SAW/Utility 1
Pouch, MOLLE II
6515-01-521-7976 Tourniquet, Combat Application 1
6510-01-492-2275 Bandage Kit, Elastic 1
OR
6510-01-460-0849 Bandage Kit, Elastic 1
6510-01-503-2117 Bandage GA4-1/2” 100’s 1
6510-00-926-8883 Adhesive Tape Surg 2” 6’s PG 1
6515-01-180-0467 Airway, Nasopharyngeal 1
6515-01-519-9161 Glove, Patient Exam 100’s 4
6545-01-586-7691 Contents Kit, IFAK Resupply Kit 1
6545-01-531-3147 Insert (folding panels with cord) 1
6510-01-562-3325 Dressing, Combat Gauze 1*
*The Combat Gauze has a 36-month shelf life, so it is shipped separately.

Next size up is the CCRK or Squad kit:$_57.jpg80-0306_a.jpg
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  1. 1 x Bag (CCRK® Squad)
  2. 10 x Black Talon® Nitrile Trauma Gloves (5 pr.)
  3. 2 x Nasopharyngeal Airway 28F with Lubricant
  4. 1 x Petrolatum Gauze (3 in. x 18 in.)
  5. 1 x HyFin® Chest Seal
  6. 2 x ARS® Needle Decompression Kit (14 G x 3.25 in.)
  7. 2 x C-A-T® (Combat Application Tourniquet®)
  8. 4 x ETD™ 6 in. Emergency Trauma Dressing
  9. 4 x S-Rolled Gauze™ (4.5 in. x 4.1 yd)
  10. 1 x ETD™ Abdominal Emergency Trauma Dressing
  11. 2 x SAM® Splint II
  12. 1 x BOA® IV Constricting Band
  13. 1 x Trauma Shears (7.25 in.)
  14. 1 x Surgical Tape (2 in.)
  15. 1 x Combat Casualty Reference Card
  16. 2 x Triage Card (NAR T2 Tag®)

  1. 2 x Hemostatic Dressing


Finally we have the big dog : The VFAK/WALK kit. This kit is for like roadtrips where you might come across a bad car wreck or god forbid ended up in one. The VFAK has a collapsable litter and C-collar to shore up a victim. Its based on bad bleeding, inadequate airway and stabilizing....It also has alot of whats in the CCRK...but a bit more extensive. We even went further and had our bags sewn up with velcro to attach identifier tags to help in finding quickly the needed gear in whatever pockets...although we have our own SOP and basic training on our particular bag setups they really are pretty much spec as per North American Rescue Products. We wanted standardization, we wanted supportability for the contents , and we wanted commonality in all the bags. Thus the VFAKS can deal with multiple trauma victims and likely car wreck scenarios until EMTs roll in. We didnt see reinventing the wheel as being needed. Our scenarios call for one to three or four vehicles rolling from point to point. On the roads anything can happen. The gear wasnt cheap but we put it together from ebay, NARP, and donations from military units on island. All the bags can come in ACU, COY,Black, or simple OD. We split between the Army ACU bags and USMC Coyote....most of us are jarheads but with film work the ACU stuff can blend in if its a Army scenario.
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The VFAKS /WALK bags have:

  1. 1 x Bag (CCRK®–WALK®)
  2. 10 x Black Talon® Nitrile Trauma Gloves (5 pr.)
  3. 2 x Nasopharyngeal Airway 28F with Lubricant
  4. 1 x Casualty Equipment Bag
  5. 2 x HyFin® Chest Seal
  6. 2 x ARS® Needle Decompression Kit (14 G x 3.25 in.)
  7. 2 x C-A-T® (Combat Application Tourniquet®)
  8. 6 x Trauma Dressing, 6 in.
  9. 4 x S-Rolled Gauze™ (4.5 in. x 4.1 yd)
  10. 1 x ETD™ Abdominal Emergency Trauma Dressing
  11. 2 x SAM® Splint II
  12. 1 x Trauma Shears (7.25 in.)
  13. 1 x Surgical Tape (2 in.)
  14. 1 x GeckoGrip™ Multipurpose Tape
  15. 6 x Rigid Eye Shield with Garter
  16. 1 x Combat Casualty Reference Card
  17. 2 x Combat Casualty Card (Triage)
  18. 1 x Aviation Panel (Recognition, Orange)
  19. 1 x Talon 90C® Collapsible Handle Litter
  20. 1 x Hypothermia Prevention & Management Kit™ (HPMK™)
  21. 4 x Tie Down Strap (Universal Litter)

  1. Case Closed: H 22.75 in. x W 16.5 in. x D 11.5 in.
  2. Weight: 29 lb 15 oz
We added a smoke grenade to the VFAKs in case a medevac or air ambulance was called in. The smoke is to give wind info for the pilot...and simply just that...whether its on the highway or where'vers....

Remember, You can bleed out in 2 mins if its bad...If we are on roadtrips? Its the mighty VFAK. Booboo stuff? the IFAKs.

Its easy to use gear, and with training the bigger stuff is life-determining possibly. In addition to the above we invested in a AED , and a O2 bottle...which is part of our checklist.... for rolling on the road.

I posted our SOPs to give you guys out there in MV land ideas on what might work for your particular scenarios. Its food for thought...The vehicles here are steel soldiers and most are big dawgs....the type of injuries from one biting us can be small to critical.

Semper Fidelis.
Brad
 

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I carry a industrial truck first aid box (this stays in the truck at all times) and a open up first aid pouch that has a ton of stuff.
 

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Thanks for posting this. The as issued IFAK is more oriented to gunshot wounds. I made up a companion IFAK with items suited for more typical first aid, like lacerations. Contains a saline solution for irrigating wounds as one item.
 
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eMMADO22 YOU NAILED IT. Training is everything. Respecting the gear and caring for it and maintaining it is the other. We rotate the stuff as it goes old...and we routinely check our bags prior to a roadtrip...If they are left in the vehicles at the end of the day we are wrong. It goes when we do, and when we are done and recover the vehicles and reset after the mission the FAKS come out and go in a cool dry storage place and not left to roast in the hot interior of the vehicles...fast back HMMWVs are notorious for hot interiors...
My next post here will be pics of the actual vehicles and where we place the bags. :) SF, Brad
 
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