7 First Aid Tips for Survival Kits

by Brendan Michaels

Tactical pants from Blackhawk!

Tactical pants, like these from Blackhawk!, are the starting point for creating a portable first aid kit. Click the image to check out a pair.

A lightweight trauma first aid kit, carried in the pockets of pants or survival kit, ensures you have the equipment to help you prevail in an unexpected emergency situation.

The items in the lightweight first aid kit detailed in this article were chosen for effectiveness and portability. The equipment is small enough that you don’t notice you are carrying it. Use these first aid tips to create your own personalized version. Use it on its own or add it to your survival kit.

First Aid Tip #1: Blackhawk Tactical Pants

The carrying platform of the lightweight first aid kit starts with Blackhawk tactical pants that have two large-capacity cargo pockets with elastic webbing inside of them to secure the items in the kit for fast access and comfortable wear. There are two front pockets on your upper thigh and a hidden side pocket that provides needed storage for extra medical supplies with fast access.

First Aid Tip #2: Hemostatic Agent to Stop Arterial Bleeding

Dr. Maurizio A. Miglietta writes in his article Trauma and Gunshot Wounds: What you need to know to save a life that the five areas where people can bleed enough to cause shock are the chest, abdomen, pelvis, long bones (e.g. femur) and bleeding out at the scene of injury.

First Responder Bag

Blackhawk! also makes an industry-standard first aid bag. It’s another option for making a portable first aid kit. Click the image to check one out.

Applying a gauze bandage on the wound along with pressure can stop the bleeding in many cases. Direct pressure on the wound constricts the blood vessels manually, helping to stem blood flow.

When direct pressure does not stop the bleeding or when it is difficult to apply direct pressure to the source of internal bleeding, a hemostatic agent like QuikClot should be used on the wound. QuikClot is a mineral material that absorbs the water in the blood, speeding up the natural blood clotting process by highly concentrating platelet and clotting factor molecules in the blood that remains in the wound.

Clotting is the body’s natural blood-loss mechanism and it works well. Clotting has a tampening effect on the blood flow through the veins. This is important especially when a tourniquet cannot be used or a pressure dressing can not apply enough pressure to an internal chest or pelvis wound.

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