Friday, July 08, 2011

"Blow out kit" ?

Tam posted about being prepared and mentioned having a "blow out kit".  What the heck is a "blow out kit"?  Clearly a little research was in order.  From the on-line article " "Assembling a Blowout Kit"came this suggestion of contents:

Res-Q-PakIndividual First Aid Kit (IFAK)
25g Quik–Clot®1 QuickClot, Package, 50grams
Tegaderm 2 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ dressing1 Israeli Field Dressing, 4”
5″ x 9″ ABD pad2 Sterile Crinkle Cottons
4″ x 75″ roll bandage1 Bandage, Self Adherent, 3”x5yds
40″ x 40″ x 56″ triangular bandage1 Triangular Bandage
Two sets 4″ x 3″ cover sponges1 Lip Treatment
Aspirin, two 325 mg tablets1 Tourniquet
Benadryl (R), two 25 mg tablets1 EMT Shears
Combat/Medic tape1 Tape, Adhesive, 1”x10yds.
Nitrile glovesNitrile gloves
Rescue whistle
Mylar blanket

Of course one needs at least minimal training in order to correctly utilize the contents. One also needs a certain mindset. Some folks have particular difficulty working on themselves, others only freak out when working on others.  Training helps with confidence and to mitigate stress errors.

For me the biggest concerns at this time in my life are cuts, breaks and possible gun shot wounds.  Secondary concerns are environmental exposure injuries like sunburn or insect bites/stings.  Having such a kit might be a good idea.  However, commercially assembled kits can be quite expensive.  There are also concerns with certification for use of some possible kit components such as:

• 14-gauge Angiocath Needles (3” or greater in length)
• Size 28 Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA)
• Hemostatic Agent (such as Celox or QuikClot)

Apparently use of a product such as QuickClot is regulated differently in each state.  Only somebody who knows what they are doing should be using needles and the airway.  While "good samaritan" laws will protect you from errors made in basic first aid you might not have that protection in using advanced medical techniques.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My son and I were recently way back in the woods, Northern Minnesota, BWCA. 60 miles from the nearest hospital
As a medic for many years now I am somewhat "prepped" whenever I go out and carry almost all you list, plus...
And a good thing as described here.
And it was a harrowing moment that I totally fell back on the simple steps for controlling bleeding, direct pressure, no work! Tourniquet. And still did not completely control the bleeding as was quite evident in plastic bag I put leg into to protect truck from blood all over...Finally controlled by 1st Responders when the arrived about 30 minutes or so later...and ER MD still had to tie artery off when I arrived an hour after that at hospital.
So I have to agree with you that knowing how to use it and your "mindset" is so very important!!
Even knowing what to do I was still a bit panicked watching my blood running all over the damn place!! Good kits you have listed there!!!