This was a pretty good kit for the price just put one in your hiking pack, BOB , glovebox etc
I recently had a real life emergency involving a chainsaw and badly bleeding leg and I can tell you a feminine hygiene pad with compression bandage was much more useful than 1 bandaid.I just want to know why every "kit" I see like this has ONE Bandaid...what are you going to do with one Bandaid?
In the Marines, way back before injectable surgical sponges, sealing field dressings with clotting agents, 'Quick Clot' etc...I recently had a real life emergency involving a chainsaw and badly bleeding leg and I can tell you a feminine hygiene pad with compression bandage was much more useful than 1 bandaid.
JH you just taught me a bunch I didn't know. Definitely have a new appreciation for silk!In the Marines, way back before injectable surgical sponges, sealing field dressings with clotting agents, 'Quick Clot' etc...
There was a brand of tampons without deodorant, no fragrances, and came in a plastic sealed package.
We always had a few to seal bullet entry wounds,
And the regular big sanitary napkin with the tie ends on them, for the exit wounds.
The little 'Field Dressing' wasn't good for much more than holding a sanitary napkin in place...
Plain white paper towels work real good,
Bleached paper is virtually sterile (bleach), and with no inks they weren't likely to cause problems.
Everyone had water proof duct tape (sticks under water) wrapped around flashlights, canteens, foot powder containers or something, seals sucking chest wounds, works pretty good in spurting head wounds also.
Mostly used to seal up leaks when it rains, but comes in handy for emergency treatment too.
Surgical towel clamps are small, light, have huge jaws and will pull a wound closed so it can be taped or stitched...
Most of us carried these with the tourniquet since you can close a wound real quick and get stitches/tape/glue on it later.
I suggest sharpening the points, some come pretty dull, and since you have to punch those points through skin, sharp is good because skin is tough.
Punches holes for heavy needles/field stitches later.
Someone, usually 2 or 3 carried a bottle of Betadine to disinfect/flush wounds.
Doesn't make you scream, kills all nasties you are likely to get in the brush, doesn't weigh that much, and is cheap/seriously effective, never expires.
I left the seal under the cap, switched to a squirt bottle cap (like water bottles have) so I can power flush wounds by squeezing the bottle.
The load out between basic military, and field guys differs greatly,
Normal military don't carry a tourniquet on their load bearing straps or in our case, taped/banded to the rifle.
Straps if you don't have a retaining sling on the rifle, when you can't lose the rifle, on the rifle.
For civilians, the woven cloth belt with sliding cinch buckle makes an easy tourniquet, rather than a leather belt with holes/tongue buckle.
It doesn't have to be expensive, big/heavy, single purpose/proprietary, etc to make a big difference.
As to the band-aid thing, with duct tape on a handle, paper towels or snot sock, the field bandage is covered from small to quite large.
Not that the 'Average' guy would think about it, but plastic tubing on our dog tag chains.
Made a straw when you were trying to suck up shallow water, get a drink without movement, worked as a chest tube to keep lungs from collapsing (pneumothorax), drainage in deep gut wounds, etc.
Better to fight a potential infection later than bleed out or suffocate now...
Just a historical foot note,
The big, silk bandanas worn my military, explorers, cowboys, travelers in general weren't a 'Fashion Statement'.
Silk stops bleeding, filters water, is stupid strong so it works as a tourniquet, a sling, a brace/attachment for splints, binds/supports broken fingers, ankles, wrists...
Works on your head to keep sunburn off neck, ears, etc.
They were used over the face to keep snow blindness from happening.
Used under packs, it keeps chafing/blisters to a minimum.
It's that one thing about every expedition/expeditionary forces had in common...
Welcome to it if you can use it.JH you just taught me a bunch I didn't know. Definitely have a new appreciation for silk!