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These items will fit in a small IFAK and will provide necessary life-saving options. While I could go into all the recommended courses available, I will save that for a later post. Massive Hemorrhage The military puts Massive Hemorrhage at the top of the treatment list. Airway This pertains to being able to draw air into the lungs.

Airway would be something like an obstructed airway due to debris, a tongue of an unconscious patient or mouth and throat burns. Respiration This pertains to the actual breathing process. Standard treatment for respiratory ailments would include something like a collapsed lung or a sucking chest wound. Circulation At this stage of the algorithm, we go back to general bleeding and lacerations to keep lots of cuts from leaking precious blood out of the body.

I agree with this method of thinking, but it is always wise to reassess for hypothermia after all the holes have been plugged. With the above algorithm in mind lets look at what items are going to treat those issues. If you run into this, you will most likely have to resort to something known as wound packing to help control the bleeding. You can do this with compat or combat gauze. If you want to learn how to do this, there are some great videos on Youtube showing you how to pack a wound properly.

If you have a sizeable massive bleed gauze is the only thing that can fill a large cavity and provide the pressure needed to stop the bleed. You can wrap gauze, stuff gauze, use it as a sling, use it to splint and a multitude of other applications. However, if appropriately used, Combat Gauze can be crucial in stopping a massive bleed. Combat Gauze works by putting an agent in the gauze that causes the blood to coagulate and in theory stop the bleeding faster than just gauze.

The problem with this product is that it only works if applied correctly. The gauze must be applied to the cut artery to work. Tourniquet Arguably more important than gauze is a tourniquet.

Tourniquets are a quick fix to a complex problem. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to carry and fix most extremity bleeds. While there are a ton of tourniquets on the market, we sell and recommend the RATs. At the end of the day, I recommend finding a tourniquet you are comfortable with, know how to use and trust and buy that. These are inexpensive, easy to use and easy to carry.

While there are other airway items you can carry like a King Airway or Cricothyrotomy Kit, the NPA is the most practical item to carry with minimal training. Respiration Respiration issues could require anything from simple to advance paramedic skills. Doing so could cause more harm than anything. These are easy to use and can usually stick to skin with hair, sweat or blood. Tension Pneumothorax Kit These are designed to treat tension pneumothorax, a complication that takes place when there is a hole in the lung.

These are crucial in longer-term care where a tension pneumothorax is expected, however, this does require some advanced training. Circulation When it comes to circulation, your goal is to keep someone from bleeding out. Would you rather lose a leg or lose your life? Good items to carry in your IFAK to help control bleeding are compact guaze. Trama tape is another great option outside of a tournaquette. One of these is helping provide the necessary pressure for bleeds.

The tape can also be written on with almost any kind of pen. Post navigation.

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This is to get you stable enough to get to the next echelon of care. Not perform field surgery. Also with the right training you can make a tourniquet out of almost anything One, get rid of the Tylenol and double up on the ibuprofen.

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