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"Level 1" First Aid Kit by Nutnfancy

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Uploaded on Feb 15, 2009

Sooner or later you will get hurt. And if it's not you, it will be someone in your party. Therefore be smart and self-reliant and always have some medical capability integrated into your systems. Here I cover my first option to do just that, a "Level 1" First Aid kit of my own construction. Siding with the emphasis on "Mobility", this kit doesn't contain supplies to handle every medical emergency. It is designed to handle most of the medical problems I've encountered in my adventuring. And at just 5.5 ounces and being very slim in profile, it is designed for high-speed outdoor, backpacking, tactical, or Xootring adventures (to be explained). This Level 1 kit has an emphasis on stopping blood loss, disinfecting wounds, minor pain stoppage, and bandage exchange. Components of the kit and some of the POU involved are explained; your preferences and needs may vary. Additional Level 1 kit items that I sometimes integrate include: sharp REI tweezers, surgical gloves, moleskin, Gorilla-brand duct tape (unless carried elsewhere in system), superglue vials (for wound closure), ACE bandages, salt and/or electrolyte drink mix (to revive dehydrated hikers), needles, and a scalpel. Integration of these items in the desired Level 1 size and weight constraints may be difficult however and is they are needed than maybe portaging a "Level 2" (more complete) kit would be warranted. I do not use "QuickClot" in a Level 1; too heavy and bulky and not necessary. Compared to even a quality first aid kit, like ones from "Adventure Medical Kits" this version has more depth. It is difficult for makers like AMK to make kits to this level because of the elevated cost in doing so (and then they wont sell well). Handling medical emergencies on your adventures is your responsibility and help may be far away. You will also find that few people even carry a First Aid kit with this much capability and you will be the on-site medical expert since you're prepared (been there!). Having such a kit will minimize pain, injury, and maybe even save a life possibly yours. Be prepared TNPrs.

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