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Gone But Not Forgotten…

Today is Memorial Day. It is not a surprise to many people. Everyone knows that it is some sort of holiday that resulted in a day off from school, work, etc. Most will capitalize on the opportunity to go hit the lake, swim, and grill out. There is nothing wrong with that but there is more to today than just having a good time with friends and family. Please make sure to honor those who answered the call from our country and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are forced to move on without them, without the chance to even have one last BBQ. There are literally tens of thousands of men and women over the years who never made it home. They are gone but not forgotten.

I especially honor the men who I served with that gave their lives in Iraq:

PFC Scott A. Messer, B TRP 1-32 CAV, 02 February 2006

SGT Thomas B. Turner Jr., C TRP 1-32 CAV, 14 July 2006

SPC Jermaine D. Franklin, A TRP 1-32 CAV, 09 November 2007

SSG Jonathon L. Martin, A TRP 1-32 CAV, 22 Novmber 2007

PFC Danny L. Kimme, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 16 January 2008

PFC David H. Sharrett, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 16 January 2008

SPC John P. Sigsbee, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 16 January 2008

PFC John T. Bishop, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 23 April 2008

1LT Timothy W. Cunningham, C TRP 1-32 CAV, 23 April 2008

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

 

 

Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Med Kit

There are a number of different missions that are carried out by the various branches of the federal government and military but one of the common denominators that makes a mission successful is good planning and support. One of the key support personnel for every mission is the medic, or in the case of the United States Coast Guard, the rescue swimmer. The mission of the rescue swimmer is to maintain proper training and conditioning to assist persons in distress in the maritime environment, including search and rescue operations and to provide pre-hospital life support to rescued individuals. The following is a list of the medical equipment that a rescue swimmer uses to help others survive disaster in the water.

Picture Credit: USCG.mil
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
Emergency Medical Equipment

The medical bag of choice for the U.S. Coast Guard is the Aeromed EMS Pack by Thomas Transport Packs.

Picture Credit: Thomas Transport Packs

Packed inside of the Aeromed Pack are these items in the mandatory configuration:

COMPARTMENT 1 - Outside:

  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light
  • Latex Gloves
  • Scissors
COMPARTMENT 2 - Outside:
  • SAM Splint
COMPARTMENT 3 - Outside:
  • Airway Kit, Oropharyngeal
  • Airway Kit, Nasalpharyngeal
  • Pocket Mask
COMPARTMENT 4:
  • Ace Wrap

COMPARTMENT 5:

  • Band-Aid, Adhesive
  • Charcoal, Activated
  • Glucose, Oral
  • Syrup of Ipecac
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Cord Clamps
  • Umbilical Tape
COMPARTMENT A Inside:
  • Battle Dressing, Small
  • Battle Dressing, Med.
  • Battle Dressing, Large
COMPARTMENT B Inside:
  • Bandage, Gauze
  • Water Gel, Burn Kit
  • Petroleum Gauze
  • Sponges, Surgical, 4×4
COMPARTMENT C Inside:
  • Cravat, Bandage
COMPARTMENT D Inside:
  • Plastic Bag
  • Adhesive, Tape, 2″
  • Adhesive, Tape, 1
INNER COMPARTMENT
Inside: Collar, Cervical - No-Neck, Small, Medium, Large - 1 of Each
INNER COMPARTMENT E, F, & G:
  • Band-Aid
  • Thermometer 94-108F and/or Electronic Ear Canal Thermometer
  • Ball Point Pen

In addition to the medical bag, the following items make up the remainder of the rescue swimmer emergency medical kit located on board the helicopter:

  • Bag-Valve Mask by Life Support Products
  • Resuscitator, Oxygen by Life Support Products
  • Laerdal Suction Kit V-Vac by Dyna Med Inc.
  • Cylinder, Oxygen “D” Size M-22 by Life Support Products
  • Antishock Trousers
  • Traction Splint
  • Cervical Collars
  • Medevac Board by Lifesaving Systems Corp.
  • Medevac Report Form (CG-5214)
  • Victims/Casualty Hypothermia Bag by Wiggy’s Inc.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED): Heartstream Forerunner Model E01 including Semi-Rigid Carrying Case, DP5 Extra Pads, Data Card (30 Mins. ECG & Event) and BT1 Battery Pack
  • Current EMT Text (Currently used by USCG EMT School)

Reference: Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Manual, COMDTINST M3710.4B, 28 JUL 00

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Today I write to encourage everyone to take a minute to remember the real reason for Memorial Day. Like all holiday’s, there has been a commercialization that leads many to forget the real reason for the day. Today is not about selling cars, saving up to 50% off at your favorite department store, or getting a free day off. Memorial Day is about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country in armed combat. Whether you find yourself on the right or left side of the aisle, agree or disagree with the military or war, or the decisions that are being made, America’s service members elect to serve our country and to support and defend the Constitution regardless of how they feel about those in command and the orders they are given.

 Always remember that those who die in service to America, do so for you.

I will never forget the men and women who I have served with, that made the ultimate sacrifice. Please take a moment of your day to memorialize the brave men and women of the United States Military who gave everything for us.

A True American Hero

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:13

This is what Chris Kyle exemplified, not only in his willingness to stand up and do everything that his country asked of him but ultimately giving his life trying to help a fellow veteran that many Americans would have readily thrown onto the pile of unviable, “war damaged” minds. Chris never quit and he never gave up.

Thank you for your life of service Chief Petty Officer Christopher Scott Kyle……

Chris Kyle

Veterans Day 2012

Today is Veterans Day 2012! I would just like to take the chance to thank all those that I have served with, those that have served before us, and those who continue to serve our great country.

The 101st Airborne Division – My Home Sweet Home (In A Past Life Anyway)

For those who have family members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, that sacrifice will never be forgotten and I personally will never be able to express my gratitude for such sacrifice.

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything. ~Albert Einstein

I hope that all of those veterans out there had a great Veterans Day! Don’t ever forget that there doesn’t have to be a specific day or moment specified to express your gratitude. There is never a bad time to say thank you to a veteran for standing up and defending the interests of the United States and Americans everywhere.

Has America Been Invaded?

The last few years have brought many questions to the minds of Americans as to where the country is and where we are headed. Glenn Beck and some of the folks over at TheBlaze are taking inside look at “The Project” and how the Muslim Brotherhood may be trying to steer our country away from our ideals. How are they doing this? Good old-fashioned infiltration of the United States government. Is this possible? According to U.S. Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) William Jerry Boykin, it has already happened. The two-part video series is very interesting and well worth the time to watch.

From Glenn Beck and TheBlaze:

“In 2001, an inconspicuous manifesto now known as “The Project” was recovered during a raid in Switzerland: A manifesto that turned out to be a Muslim roadmap for infiltrating and defeating the West. Today, files containing evidence from the largest terror financing trial in U.S. history, which include details about “The Project”, are being withheld by the Department of Justice.

In an explosive two-part mini-series, TheBlaze documentary unit investigates how the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the American government and exposes how our nation’s safety is in jeopardy as a result of this dangerous government cover up.”

‘THE PROJECT’ – PART I

‘THE PROJECT’ – PART II

 While the videos are great, make sure to check out these original documents and their English interpretations at the links below:

1. The Muslim Brotherhood “Project”

2. Muslim Brotherhood Memo For Infiltration Of The United States

Prepared Ninja Medical Gear Giveaway

The Prepared Ninja is going to try again to give away a Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet (SOFT-T)!!! Every reader is eligible to be entered. Here are the two requirements to be entered for your chance to win:

1. Go to The Prepared Ninja Homepage and subscribe to The Prepared Ninja via email (located at the top of the column on the right hand side).

2. Leave a comment on this post below that lists the item that you lack the most in your medical preps. If you completely lack any medical preps at all, than say so! This SOFT-Tourniquet could be the start you need to put together an awesome medical kit.

(If you are an existing subscriber, you have already been entered automatically for this opportunity!)

******IF THIS GOES WELL, THE PRIZE POT MAY GET SWEETENED!!!******

The Fine Print - In order for this giveaway to happen, The Prepared Ninja must reach 100 email subscribers no later than October 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST. That is 30 full days from now. On October 18, 2012, a random number generator will be utilized to determine which of our readers is the lucky winner! *Unfortunately, due to a limited amount of resources, the SOFT-T can only be shipped to a mailing address in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Military APO addresses.

DISCLAIMER: The winner of this giveaway is completely and solely responsible for ensuring they are properly trained to use and legally able to possess this piece of medical equipment. The Prepared Ninja and its affiliates are not responsible for illegal possession or misuse of the Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet.

About the SOFT-T from Tactical Medical Solutions:

“The SOF® Tactical Tourniquet is one of the top performing tourniquets currently available. It is the tourniquet of choice for many of the world’s most elite and experienced warriors who have selected it for its outstanding ability to control severe bleeding, high level of reliability and ease of application. While some military units have replaced their issue tourniquets with the SOF®TT, others military units have implemented SOP’s stating that the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet is to be used on all lower extremity bleeds. That means the SOF®TT is the tourniquet that trusted to control the most severe extremity hemorrhage on the battlefield.

The key to successful implementation of a device to be used in a high stress environment is training and ease of use. For law enforcement officers, application of the tourniquet is similar to the use of a hobble. This existing level of familiarity reduces training time and aids in the effectiveness of the device.”

Advantages of the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet
  • 100% Effective. Proven to be 100% effective during US Army Institute of Surgical Research testing.
  • Simple application. The SOF®TT is applied the same to an arm or leg. Unlike other tourniquets that require you to learn two methods of application and implement the proper method when under stress, the SOF®TT is applied the same way to an arm or leg. By accounting for the factors of human performance in combat we have minimized the risk of failure. Applying a tourniquet should not be a multiple choice exam, it should be simple and straight forward. The SOF®TT provides the necessary effectiveness with an unmatched level of simplicity to increase the overall effectiveness of the device.
  • Durability. The SOF®TT is constructed of quality, high strength materials. The tourniquet handle is machined from a solid piece of aircraft aluminum and maintains its strength in extreme temperatures. The tri-rings are molded Acetyl, a high impact plastic that will also maintain its strength in extreme operating conditions.
  • Reliable. The SOF® Tactical Tourniquet is designed to reduce the chance of accidental release or mechanical failure. Unlike other materials including Velcro®, the fastening system will perform when soiled, muddy, frozen, or wet.
  • Safety set screw prevents accidental release of pressure during tactical patient movement. The screw is not required to gain hemorrhage control, but it is recommended if the patient will be moved in a tactical environment.
  • Dual locking rings offer a back up locking system.

Made in the USA.

Cache Me If You Can!

A popular tactic for storing survival and preparedness items is to bury them in a cache. The term cache (which is pronounced ‘cash’ by the way) comes from the French term cacher which literally means to conceal or to hide. Contrary to the popular opinion, a cache does not have to be buried in the ground. There is plenty of history behind the cache but typically it was explorers, fur trappers, and mountain men who would use caches to preposition supplies or stash their furs for periods of time. From the survival perspective, a cache can be used to position supplies at a retreat, along a bug-out route, or even to keep supplies on your property without them being easily found or accessed. Often times, a survival cache will be placed covertly in an area like a National Park or some sort of public land.

Photo Credit:freedomguide.blogspot.com

There are a number of theories on what the best technique for caching items is but I thought the best source of information would be those with some experience. I know a specific group of men who are spectacular at places caches, the United States Army Special Forces, commonly known as the Green Berets. The Army Special Forces even have specific guidelines spelled out in the US Army Special Forces Caching Techniques training circular.

The Special Forces training circular covers all aspects of caching and considerations that go into it over the course of 25 pages. The three sections that are covered include:

Caching Considerations

-Planning     -Concealment     -Site Selection     -Soil Types

Packaging

-Determination Factors for Packaging     -Steps in Packaging     -Wrapping Materials     -Containers

Methods of Emplacement

-Burial     -Equipment     -Emplacement Site Considerations     -Submersion

-Special Considerations For Specific Types of Equipment

The single greatest thing about this training circular is the fact that the entire range of caching possibilities is covered. Once you read this information you will have the tools that are needed to cache items underground, in the water, and covers all the angles involved in caching. There is even a 12-Point Cache Report.

Don’t forget to print off a copy for your survival library. Leave a comment if you have something you would like to contribute and feel inclined to do so!

1st Ever Prepared Ninja Giveaway!!!

The Prepared Ninja is giving away a Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet (SOFT-T)! Every reader is eligible to be entered. Here are the two requirements to be entered for your chance to win:

1. Go to The Prepared Ninja Homepage and subscribe to The Prepared Ninja via email (located at the top of the column on the right hand side).

2. Leave a comment on this post below that lists the item that you lack the most in your medical preps. If you completely lack any medical preps at all, then say so! This SOFT-Tourniquet could be the start you need to put together an awesome medical kit.

(If you are an existing subscriber, you have already been entered automatically for this opportunity!)

The Fine Print - In order for this giveaway to happen, The Prepared Ninja must reach 100 email subscribers no later than August 5, 2012. On August 6, 2012, a random number generator will be utilized to determine which of our readers is the lucky winner! *Unfortunately, due to a limited amount of resources, the SOFT-T can only be shipped to a mailing address in the 50 United State, District of Columbia, and Military APO addresses.

DISCLAIMER: The winner of this giveaway is completely and solely responsible for ensuring they are properly trained to use and legally able to possess this piece of medical equipment. The Prepared Ninja and its affiliates are not responsible for illegal possession or misuse of the Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet.

About the SOFT-T from Tactical Medical Solutions:

“The SOF® Tactical Tourniquet is one of the top performing tourniquets currently available. It is the tourniquet of choice for many of the world’s most elite and experienced warriors who have selected it for its outstanding ability to control severe bleeding, high level of reliability and ease of application. While some military units have replaced their issue tourniquets with the SOF®TT, others military units have implemented SOP’s stating that the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet is to be used on all lower extremity bleeds. That means the SOF®TT is the tourniquet that trusted to control the most severe extremity hemorrhage on the battlefield.

The key to successful implementation of a device to be used in a high stress environment is training and ease of use. For law enforcement officers, application of the tourniquet is similar to the use of a hobble. This existing level of familiarity reduces training time and aids in the effectiveness of the device.”

Advantages of the SOF® Tactical Tourniquet
  • 100% Effective. Proven to be 100% effective during US Army Institute of Surgical Research testing.
  • Simple application. The SOF®TT is applied the same to an arm or leg. Unlike other tourniquets that require you to learn two methods of application and implement the proper method when under stress, the SOF®TT is applied the same way to an arm or leg. By accounting for the factors of human performance in combat we have minimized the risk of failure. Applying a tourniquet should not be a multiple choice exam, it should be simple and straight forward. The SOF®TT provides the necessary effectiveness with an unmatched level of simplicity to increase the overall effectiveness of the device.
  • Durability. The SOF®TT is constructed of quality, high strength materials. The tourniquet handle is machined from a solid piece of aircraft aluminum and maintains its strength in extreme temperatures. The tri-rings are molded Acetyl, a high impact plastic that will also maintain its strength in extreme operating conditions.
  • Reliable. The SOF® Tactical Tourniquet is designed to reduce the chance of accidental release or mechanical failure. Unlike other materials including Velcro®, the fastening system will perform when soiled, muddy, frozen, or wet.
  • Safety set screw prevents accidental release of pressure during tactical patient movement. The screw is not required to gain hemorrhage control, but it is recommended if the patient will be moved in a tactical environment.
  • Dual locking rings offer a back up locking system.

Made in the USA.

US Army Ranger Medical Kits

OK Folks. This is the last installment of the series that I have been running on the military special operation medical kits. Today will focus on the US Army Ranger Med Kits. I think that the Ranger Med Kits are by design, the best in the business. There is a ton of thought that is put into what goes into each of the Rangers kits and I think it shows. As an Army medic, my aid bag was always modeled after the Ranger aid bags because it was always the logical choice. The approach that is used when designing these kits is to be able to treat all likely battlefield injuries while not adding the extra bulk or weight of extra or unnecessary items. My feeling is that the thoroughness and thought that is utilized for just one component of the medical operations of the US Army Rangers is a testimony of what makes the Rangers such an effective fighting force.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

 

The packing lists below are intended to be minimum stockage lists for the typical Ranger combat mission. Medics are authorized the flexibility to ADD components to their equipment as based on the mission requirements. Medics are not authorized to deviate from the minimum packing list unless approved by the unit medical director.

RANGER MEDIC RBA/RLCS (Ranger Body Armor/Ranger Load Carriage System) MINIMUM STOCKAGE LIST

The RMED RBA/RLCS packing list are items that the medic carries on his body without opening an aid-bag or rucksack. All items are to be carried in a manner that provides ease of access. The intent of this packing list is to provide all immediate initial care for a trauma casualty without opening external bags and equipment.

1 EA – Ranger Load Carriage System

AIRWAY

1 EA – Cricothyroidotomy Kit

1 EA – Nasophayrngeal Airway 28FR w/ Lubricant

BREATHING

1 EA – 14G, 3.5” Needle

2 EA – HyFin Chest Seal, 6”

2 EA – Asherman Chest Seal

CIRCULATION/BLEEDING

2 EA – Combat Applications Tourniquet (CAT)

2 EA – Emergency Trauma Dressing, 6”

2 EA – Hemostatic Dressing (Chitosan)

1 EA – Hemostatic Bandage (Chitoflex)

4 EA – Kerlex, Vacuum Sealed

FLUIDS/IV ACCESS

2 EA – Saline Lock Kit

1 EA – Sharps Shuttle

MONITORING & DIAGNOSTIC                                               

1 EA – Pulseoximeter, Finger

MISCELLANEOUS

1 EA – Exam Light (Tactical Green)

1 EA – Headlamp

6 PR – Gloves, Exam (Black Talon)

1 EA – Trauma Shears, 7.25”

1 EA – Scissor Leash/Gear Keeper

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RANGER MEDIC ASSAULT AID-BAG MINIMUM STOCKAGE LIST

1 EA – AidBag, M-9 (TSS-M-9-RG)

AIRWAY

1 EA – Nasopharyngeal Airway, 28FR w/ Lubricant

1 EA – Cricothyroidotomy Kit

1 EA – King LT-D Supralaryngeal Airway Size 4

1 EA – Suction, Hand-Held (Suction Easy or Squid)

BREATHING

1 EA – 14G, 3.5” Needle

2 EA – HyFin Chest Seal, 6”

2 EA – Asherman Chest Seal

1 EA – Bag-Valve-Mask

CIRCULATION/BLEEDING

2 EA – Combat Applications Tourniquet

3 EA – Emergency Trauma Dressing, 6”

1 EA – Emergency Trauma Dressing, Abdominal

2 EA – Hemostatic Dressing (Chitosan)

2 EA – Hemostatic Bandage (Chitoflex)

3 EA – Kerlex, Vacuum Sealed

1 EA – Tactical Compression Wrap

DISABILITY/IMMOBILIZATION

2 EA – Cravat Bandage, Muslin (or ACE Wrap)

1 EA – Traction Splint (KTD or TTS)

2 EA – SAM Splint II

FLUIDS/IV ACCESS

2 EA – Saline Lock Kit

2 EA – Hextend IV, 500cc

1 EA – Sodium Chloride Flush, 50cc

3 EA – IV Kit

1 EA – FAST-1 Sternal Intraosseous

1 EA – BOA Constricting Band

3 EA – Raptor IV Securing Device

1 EA – Sharps Shuttle Container w/Locking Mechanism

MONITORING & DIAGNOSTIC

1 EA – Stethoscope (Mission Dependent)

1 EA – Pulseoximeter, Finger

MEDICATIONS

1 EA – RMED Medications Kit

EVACUATION EQUIPMENT

1 EA – Hypothermia Kit (Mission and Aid Bag Dependent)

MISCELLANEOUS

1 EA – Exam Light (Tactical Green)

6 PR – Gloves, Exam (Black Talon)

2 RO – Tape, 2”

1 EA – Trauma Shears, 7.25”

1 EA – Scissor Leash/Gear Keeper

MISSION DEPENDENT AID BAG ITEMS

1 EA – Chest Tube Kit

1 EA – SAM Pelvic Sling

1 EA – ACE Cervical Collar

1 EA – Field Otoscope/Opthalmoscope Set

1 EA – Minor Wound Care Kit

1 EA – Glucometer

1 EA – Thermometer, Oral

1 EA – Thermometer, Rectal

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RANGER MEDIC MEDICATIONS KIT MINIMUM STOCKAGE LIST (Proficient & Always Carried)

1 EA – Drug case (Otter or Armadillo)

2 EA – Combat Wound Pill Pack

1 EA – Diphenhydramine HCL Inj 50mg (Benadryl)

1 EA – Dexamethasone Inj, 4mg/ml (5ml) (Decadron)

1 EA – Epi-Pen Anaphylaxis Auto-Injector

4 EA – Fentanyl Transmuccosal Lozenge, 800 mcg

2 EA – Ertapenem Inj, 1gm (Invanz)

5 EA – Morphine Sulfate Inj, 5mg

5 EA – Nalaxone Inj, 0.4mg (Narcan)

5 EA – Promethazine Inj, 25mg (Phenergan)

2 EA – Ketorolac Inj, 30mg (Toradol)

25 EA – Acetaminophen Tabs, 500mg (Tylenol)

2 EA – Diazepam Inj, 5mg (Valium)

1 EA – Tubex Injector, Cartridge Unit

5 EA – Syringe, 10cc Luer-Lok Tip

5 EA – Needle, Hypothermic 18G/1.5”

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COMBAT WOUND PILL PACK (CWPP) – Carried by Every Ranger

2 EA – Acetaminophen Tabs, 500mg (Tylenol)

1 EA – Moxifloxacin HCL Tab, 400mg (Avelox)

1 EA – Meloxicam, 15mg Tab (Mobic)

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SALINE LOCK KIT

2 EA – 18G X 1.5” Catheter/Needle

2 EA – Alcohol Pad

1 EA – Constricting Band, Penrose

1 EA – 2X2 Sponge, Sterile

1 EA – Saline Plug, Locking

1 EA – Syringe, 10cc Luer-Lok Tip

1 EA – 18G X 1.5” Needle, Hypodermic

1 EA – Raptor IV Securing Band

1 EA – Tega-Derm

1 EA – Pill Bag

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CHEST TUBE KIT

1 EA – Forceps, 9” Peans

1 EA – Scalpel, #10

1 EA – 36FR Chest Tube

1 EA – Heimlich Valve

4 EA – Sponge, Sterile 4X4

1 EA – Asherman Chest Seal

1 EA – Chux

1 EA – Lidocaine Inj, 1%

1 EA – Syringe, 10cc Luer-Lok Tip

1 RO – Tape, 2”

1 PR – Sterile Gloves

2 EA – 1-0 Armed Suture

2 EA – Petrolatum Gauze

1 EA – Betadine Solution 0.5 oz.

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CRICOTHYROIDOTOMY KIT

1 EA – Scalpel, #10

2 EA – Gloves, Exam (Black Talon)

1 EA – Syringe, 10cc Luer-Lok Tip

1 EA – Tracheal Hook (North American Rescue Products)

1 EA – Alcohol Prep Pad

1 EA – Povidone-Iodine Pad

1 EA – Tube, 6mm Bore-Cuffed Cricothyroidotomy

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IV KIT

1 EA – IV Solution Set, 10 Drops/ml

1 EA – Saline Lock Kit

1 EA – Tegaderm 4.75” X 4”

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MINOR WOUND CARE KIT

4 EA – Pad, Non-Adherent (Telfa)

2 EA – Betadine 0.5 oz.

1 EA – Moleskin, 12”

10 EA – Band-Aids 3” X .75”

5 EA – Steri-Strips

5 EA – Sponge, 4X4 Sterile

2 EA – Scalpel, #10

5 EA – Pad, Povidone

5 EA – Pad, Alcohol

5 EA – Compeed Dressing

5 EA – Tincture of Benzoin Ampule 0.6ml

2 EA – Applicator, Povidone-Iodine

US Air Force Pararescue Trauma Ruck/Vest

This is the second installment on the Pararescue Med Kits for the Air Force. In addition to the primary medical kit that was already covered, PJ’s or Pararescue Jumpers also have Trauma Rucks and Trauma Vests at their disposal. The wide variety of options is no doubt geared to accomodate the many tasks that a PJ could be called to undertake at any time. It seems to me that the trauma vest would obviously be worn while based on the contents of the trauma ruck it seems like something that would be located in a vehicle or aircraft.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

USAF SOF Trauma Ruck Pack List

2 EA – Carabiner

1 PG – Battery Non-Rechargeable AAA

1 PG – Battery Non-Rechargeable AA

1 PG – Lamp Incandescent 2.5 v

1 EA – Lamp Incandescent .280 Amps

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Red

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Blue

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Green

2 EA – Shield Light, Chemillumenescent

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, IR

10 EA – Naloxone HCL Inj.

144 EA – Lubricant Surgical 5gm

10 EA – Epinephrine Inj. 1ml

1 PG – Diphenhydramine HCL

1 BX – Lidocaine 1% 50 ml

25 EA – Cefazolin Sodium f/Inj. 1gm

12 EA – Sodium Chloride Inj. 1000ml

10 EA – Ketorolac Tromethamine

2 EA – Dressing First Aid

12 EA – Bandage 37x37x52 in

2 EA – Dressing Field 11-3/4 in

4 EA – Dressing First Aid 7.75in

1 PG – Sponge Surgical 4x4in

1 PG – Bandage Gauze 6x180in

1 PG – Pad Isopropyl Alcohol

12 EA – Adhesive Tape Surgical White 1in

4 EA – Adhesive Tape Surgical 3”

12 EA – Bandage Elastic 4.5yds x 6in

1 PG – Applicator Povidone-Iodine

12 EA – Gauze Petrolatum 3x36in

2 EA – Sheet Burn-Trauma 66×99

1 PG – Dressing Occlusive Adhesive

10 EA – Tube Tracheal Disposable 28cm

10 EA – Tube Tracheal 7mm Id

10 EA – Tube Tracheal 32cm Lg

1 PG – IV Injector 78in Long

1 PG – Tube Stomach Surgical 16FR

1 EA – Stylet Cath-Tu Copper

1 EA – Forceps Tracheal Tube Adult

2 EA – Forceps Hemo 8.75-9.25 in

1 EA – Saw Finger Ring 6”Lg

2 EA – Tourniquet Non-Pneumatic 41.5IN

12 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable Surgical Size0

2 EA -  Infusor Blood Col-Dispn

1 PG – Needle Hypodermic 25ga

1 BX – Airway Pharyngeal 100mm

36 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable 4-0

1 PG – Needle Hypodermic 18ga

1 PG – Needle Hypodermic 21ga

10 EA – Tube Drain 36FR

1 EA – Blade Laryngoscope 158mm

10 EA – Valve Surgical Drain 4.5in

1 EA – Stethoscope Combination Adult Size

2 PG – Scissors Bandage7.25”

1 EA – Blade Laryngoscope 130mm

36 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable 3-0

1 EA – Sphygmomanometer

36 EA – Suture Non-Absorbable 5-0

20 EA – Syringe Hypodermic 60cc

12 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 28 FR

1 EA – Blade Laryngoscope Adult Size

10 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 32FR

1 PG – Catheter Introducer

2 EA – Tourniquet Adult 14×1”

1 PG – Knife General Size 10

1 PG – Gloves Surgical Size 7-1/2

1 PG – Airway Nasopharyngeal 30 FR

1 EA – Handle Laryngoscope

1 EA – Resuscitator Hand-Powered

12 EA – Splint Universal 36×4.5″

12 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 26FR

1 PG – Mask/Rebreather Bag Disposable

1 PG – Catheter/Needle 16ga

1 PG – Catheter/Needle 18ga

1 PG – Catheter & Needle 14ga

1 EA – Injector Tube Plastic Reusable

1 EA – Traction Apparatus

1 PG – Syringe Hypodermic 10ml Luer Lock

1 EA – Suction Unit Airway

6 EA – Detector End-Tidal

1 PG  -Tube Drainage

1 EA – Cricothyroidotomy Kit

2 EA – Support Cervical

1 EA – Oximeter Pulse 110/220

1 PG – Container Disposal

1 EA – Litter Poleless Nylon

1 PG – Bag Sterilization

1 EA – Pack Medical Trauma

1 EA – Bag Oxygen Management

1 PG – Goggles Protective

1 SE – Surgical Instrument Set Minor Surgical

2 EA – Snake Bite Kit

1 EA – Test Kit Occult Blood

1 PG – Glove Laboratory

1 EA – Regulator Oxygen Pressure

4 EA – Blanket Casualty OD/Silver

1 BX – Hook Shower Curtain Suspension

1 RO – Tape Pressure Sensitive

1 BX – Bag Plastic Flat 12in

1 EA – Cylinder Oxygen Compressed

USAF SOF Trauma Vest Pack List

1 EA – Black Butt Pack

12 EA – Battery Non-Rechargeable 1.5v

1 EA – Flashlight 3v DC Black

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Red

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Blue

1 BX – Light, Chemilluminescent, Green

6 EA – Dressing First Aid

4 EA – Bandage 37x37x52 in

1 EA – Dressing Field 11-3/4 in

4 EA – Dressing First Aid 7.75iN

1 PG – Sponge Surgical 4x4in

1 PG – Bandage Gauze 6x180in

12 RO – Adhesive Tape Surgical White 1in

4 RO – Adhesive Tape Surgical 3”

10 EA – Bandage Elastic 4in x 4.5yd

12 EA – Gauze Petrolatum 3x36in

2 EA – Tourniquet Non-Pneumatic 41.5IN

1 BX – Airway Oropharyngeal 100mm

1 PG – Scissors Bandage7.25”

12 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 28FR

10 EA – Airway Nasopharyngeal 32FR

1 BX – Catheter-Needle 14ga

1 PG – Glove Laboratory

1 EA – Blanket Casualty OD/Silver

1 PG – Clips All Purpose

1 EA – Vest Medical Trauma

1 EA – Belt Individual Equipment

THE NEXT AND LAST INSTALLMENT OF SPECIAL OPERATIONS MEDICAL KITS WILL COME FROM THE US ARMY RANGERS AND SHOULD BE POSTED ON MONDAY IF ALL GOES AS PLANNED. THANKS FOR EXPLORING THE WORLD OF MILITARY OPERATIONAL MEDICINE KITS WITH ME!

US Navy Special Warfare Medical Kit

Today is part three of the military elite medical kit series where I will cover the combat trauma kit that is used by the Navy SEALs. The Navy SEALs are like all of America’s military elite, an outstanding group of warriors. Some of the most heroic accounts that I have read about the war in Afghanistan have revolved around the action of the Navy SEALs. Last year, in cooperation with the best rotary wing pilots in the world, the 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment), and other special operations forces, the Navy SEALs of SEAL Team Six KILLED Osama bin Laden. There is no doubt that some of the SEALs that were on the mission that night were trained in the most advanced operational medicine skills available today and were likely carrying a medical bag that contained some of the items contained in the Naval Special Warfare Combat Trauma Med Kit.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

Naval Special Warfare

Combat Trauma Authorized Medical Allowance List

CASE

1 EA – LBT 1468A-Advanced Life Support Combat Medical Bag

PATIENT EXAM/TREATMENT

2 EA – Sets of Exam Gloves

1 EA – Stethoscope

1 EA – Skin Marker

1 EA – Exam Penlight

3 EA – Syringe, Sterile 10cc

2 EA – Syringe, Sterile 5cc

3 EA – Needle, Sterile Disposable 18g

3 EA – Needle, Sterile Disposable 21g

3 EA – Safety Pins, Large

PHARMACEUTICAL

2 EA – Betadine Solution, .5oz Bottle

2 EA – Morphine 10mg/ml, 60mg Injectable

1 EA – Tubex Injector Tube

4 EA – Nalbuphine (Nubain) 20mg/ml, 2ml Injectable

5 EA – Epinephrine 1mg/ml (1:1,000) 1ml

2 EA – Diphenhydramine 50mg/ml, 1ml

5 EA – Water for Injection, 5ml

2 EA – Ceftriaxone (Rocephine) 1g Vial

2 EA – Clindamycin 150mg/ml, 6ml Vial

2 EA – Cefoxitin (Mefoxin) 1g Vial

2 EA – Saline/Heparin Lock Flush Sets*

6 EA – Naloxone (Narcan) .4mg/ml, 1ml

1 EA – Promethazine Injection 25mg/ml, 10ml Vial

INTRAVENOUS AND DRUG THERAPY

1 EA – Hetastarch (Hespan) 500ml

1 EA – Lactated Ringers 500ml (1000ml LR Optional)

2 EA – Macro Drip IV Administration Sets

4 EA – IV Catheter 18g 1 1/4”

2 EA – IV Catheter 16g 1 1/4”

1 EA – IV Catheter 14g 1 1/4”

1 EA – Blood Collection Tourniquet or Penrose Drain

1 EA – Pressure Infuser IV Disposable

2 EA – Luer Lock

2 EA – IV Vein-A-Guard Tape/Opsite

1 EA – IV Stopcock, 3 Way

1 EA – Velcro IV Tourniquet*

AIRWAY

1 EA – Oral Pharyngeal Airway #4

1 EA – Oral Pharyngeal Airway #5

1 EA – Oral Pharyngeal Airway #6

1 EA – Nasopharyngeal Airway # 32 Adult

2 EA – Xylocaine 2% Jelly, 5ml Tube

1 EA – Laryngoscope Handle

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade Macintosh #3

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade Macintosh #4

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade Miller #3

1 EA – Intubation Stylet (14f)*

2 EA – Endotracheal Tube 7.5mm

1 EA – Endotracheal Tube 6.0mm (Cricothyrotomy)*

2 EA – Tongue Blades

TRAUMA

4 EA – Vaseline Gauze 4 x 4”

2 EA – Asherman Chest Dressing

2 EA – Bandage, Cotton, Elastic, Wrap/Ace

4 EA – Bandage 6 Ply x 3 Yds. Kerlix

2 EA – Dressing Field 4” x 7”

1 EA – Dressing Field 7 1/2” x 8”

3 EA – Bandage 37” x 37” x 52” (Cravat)

2 EA – Surgical Blade #10

1 EA – Surgical Blade #11*

2 EA – Gauze Sponges 2” x 2”

4 EA – Gauze Sponges 4” x 4”

1 EA – Adhesive Tape 1”

1 EA – Adhesive Tape 2”

3 EA – Suture 2-0 Nylon Armed With Cutting Needle

8 EA – Alcohol Pads

2 EA – Hemostats, Curved Kelly*

1 EA – 30cc Syringe

1 EA – Trauma Scissors

WATERPROOF BAG

1 EA – LBT1468B-WATERPROOF BAG

COMBAT/JUNGLE LITTER

1 EA – LBT 1681 COMBAT/JUNGLE LITTER 1

(*) Indicates a recommended, but not required to carry item. Note: This is the min. Combat and or Combat training loadout requirements.

CHECK BACK TOMORROW FOR EXPANDED COVERAGE OF THE AIR FORCE PARARESCUE MEDICAL KITS.

US Army Special Forces Medical Kit

In a continuation from yesterday’s post I am posting the packing list for the United States Army Special Operations Forces General Purpose Medical Kit. The US Army Special Forces, AKA “Green Berets” are probably the most talked about special operators in the States. I think this is because they are the most well known special forces in the military. Most of them, from my experience, I would say live up to their reputation of quiet professionals and excel in every aspect of ground combat, rebuilding operations, and a plethora of other incredibly useful skills. The Army Special Forces Med Kit is designed to be packed into an M5 aid bag (see picture) which is a great bag. This happens to be a medical platform that has been in use by US ground forces in various capacities since World War II. I happen to own the M5 bag that is manufatured by Tactical Tailor and I think it is the best aid bag that I have owned.

One caveat that I would like to mention is that as a result of the Global War on Terror, some of the items here have been replaced with new technologies that have come out and other items have been added to the medical inventory of USASOC that would likely be found in a Special Forces Medic’s Aid Bag if you were to look today. Some of the new items that you would likely find are:

Emergency Trauma Dressing (Israeli Battle Dressing)

Celox or QuikClot

HyFin Chest Seal

SOF-T Tourniquet (Special Operations Forces-Tactical)

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

General Purpose, US Army, Special Operations Forces

Suggested M5 Packing List

Airway/Breathing Management

1 EA – Airway, Nasopharyngeal

1 EA – Airway, Oropharyngeal, Lg.

1 EA – Airway, Oropharyngeal, Med.

1 EA – Ambu-Bag

2 EA – Asherman Device

1 EA – Endotracheal Tube, 7 Fr.

1 EA – Endotracheal Tube, 8 Fr.

4 EA – Gauze, Vaseline

1 EA – Heimlich Valve

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade, Macintosh, #4

1 EA – Laryngoscope Blade, Miller, #3

1 EA – Laryngoscope Handle, Pediatric

1 EA – Pocket Mask

1 EA – Stethoscope

2 EA – Stopcock, 3 Way

1 EA – Syringe, 50-60cc

2 EA – Thoracotomy Tube, 32 Fr.

1 EA – Tracheostomy Tube, Cuffless

Circulation Management

1 EA – Bandage, Dyna-Flex, Cohesive Compression 2” x 5 Yd.

4 EA – Bandage, Kerlex Gauze, 4” Roll

8 EA – Bandage, Muslin

4 EA – Blade, Surgical, #10

2 EA – Blade, Surgical, #11

1 EA – Case Medical Inst & Supply Set, Complete w/Instruments

2 EA – Catheter, 14 Ga.

4 EA – Catheter, 16 Ga.

6 EA – Catheter, 18 Ga.

Circulation Management

3 EA – Drain, Penrose, 1”, Sterile

2 EA – Dressing, Field 11 3/4” x 11 3/4”

8 EA – Dressing, Field 4” x 7”

2 EA – Dressing, Field 7 1/2” x 8”

4 EA – Infusion Set, IV 10 gtts/ml

2 EA – Normal Saline, 1L

5 EA – Pads, Nonadherent, 4” x 4”

1 EA – Tape, Microfoam, 3”

2 EA – Tape, Nylon, 1”

Disability/Exposure/Vitals Asses/Mgt

1 EA – Otoscope/Ophthalmoscope Set, Heine-Mini

1 PR – Scissors, Bandage

1 EA – Sphygmomanometer

1 EA – Thermometer, Oral

1 EA – Thermometer, Rectal

Surgery

10 EA – Gauze Sponge, 2” x 2”

10 EA – Gauze Sponge, 4” x 4”

2 PR – Gloves, Sterile

1 VL – Marcaine, 0.5%, 50ml

1 BT – Betadine, 2 oz.

3 PK – Betadine Swab Sticks, 3/pk

1 EA – Sponge w/Brush, Surgical, Betadine

2 PK – Steri-Strips, 1/2”

2 PK – Suture Nylon, 3-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Nylon, 4-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Silk, Size 0 w/o Needle

2 PK – Suture Vicryl, 3-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Vicryl, 4-0 w/ Needle

2 PK – Suture Silk, 0-0, w/ Needle

Emergency Medications

2 EA – Benadryl, 50mg/ml, 1ml Vial

1 EA – Epinephrine, 1:1000, 10ml Vial

1 BT – Morphine Sulfate, 15mg/ml, 30ml

60 EA – Naproxen, 500 mg Tablets

4 EA – Narcan, 0.4mg/ml, 1ml Vial

4 EA – Needle, 18 Ga., 1.5”

4 EA – Needle, 25 Ga., 1.5”

6 EA – Phenergan, 25mg/ml Vial

4 EA – Syringe, 10cc

20 EA – Pads, Alcohol

20 EA – Pads, Betadine

Antibiotics/Antifungals

20 EA – Augmentin 875mg Tablets

1 BT – Nitroglycerin Tablets, 0.4mg, 25/bt

40 EA – Erythromycin 500mg Tablets

12 EA – Fluconazole, 150 mg Tablets

20 EA – Levaquin, 500mg Tablets

40 EA – Metronidazole 500mg Tablets

1 EA – Unasyn, 3 gm, Powder Pack

General Medications

12 EA – Bags, Drug Dispensing

24 EA – Imodium, 2mg Capsules

1 EA – Mupirocin Ointment, 15gm Tube

24 EA – Phenergan, 25 mg Tablets

50 EA – Psuedo-Gest, 60mg Tablets

1 EA – Triamcinolone Cream, 15 gm Tube

20 EA – Valium, Tablets

20 EA – Vicodin, Tablets

50 EA – Zantac, 150mg Tablets

50 EA – Zyrtec, 10mg Tablets

Miscellaneous Items

6 EA – Batteries, AA

5 EA – Blade, Tongue

1 EA – Eye Patch Kit

1 EA – Field Medical Cards Book

1 EA – Flashlight, Mini-Mag

6 PR – Gloves, Exam

1 EA – Jackstrap, Mini-Mag Head Strap

1 EA – Moleskin, 20” Square

2 EA – Splint, Flexible, “SAM”

1 EA – Snake Bite Kit, Sawyer, “Extractor”

4 EA – Surgilube, 5 gm Packet

4 PK – Swab, Benzoin Tincture

2 EA – Bandage Elastic, 4” x 4.5 Yds.

10 EA – Bandaids 3/4” x 3”

MAKE SURE TO COME BACK TOMORROW FOR THE NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE MEDICAL KIT PACKING LIST.

U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit

Photo Credit: airforce.com
Photo Credit: airforce.com

I think that one of the best ways to come up with an effective and comprehensive medical kit is to look to professionals that render medical care in the most austere environments in the world. Often this care is given under circumstances that will never even be mentioned to the public because of the sensitive nature of the mission. If a medical kit is good enough to rescue America’s heroes from the toughest situations imaginable then it is likely a good model to develop a medical kit for use in a survival or disaster/emergency preparedness situation. I believe the United States Air Force Pararescuemen are some of the most professional and impressive emergency medical care providers in existence and I choose to use their medical kit as a guide when putting my kits together. Use it if you think it would be beneficial, but I would recommend at least taking a look.

DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.

So…without further ado, here is the packing list for the U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit:

U.S. Air Force Pararescue

Primary Medical Kit Packing List

FIELD PACK W/FRAME, ALCE, LARGE                                      

(All quantities are minimums./Suitable substitutes may be used upon request.)

UPPER LEFT SMALL PKT

Packing Note: Scissors stored loose in pocket.

1 PG – Band-Aid

1 PG – First Aid Kit, Eye Dressing

2 EA – 4×4 Post Op Sponge

2 EA – Chapstick

1 TU – Bactrocan

2 PR – Ear Plugs

1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large

UPPER CENTER SMALL PKT

Packing Note: Steri-Strips will need to be added to surgical kit (not a component of kit).

2 EA – Space Blanket

1 EA – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof

1 EA – Surgical Kit:(Following are the components)

1 EA – Case, Minor Surgery, Surgical Instrument Set

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 10, 6S

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 11, 6S

1 EA – Holder, Suture, Needle, Hegar-Mayo, 6 inch

1 EA – Forceps, Dressing, Straight, 5 1⁄2 inch

2 EA – Forceps, Hemostatic, Straight, Kelly 5 1/3 inch

1 EA – Handle, Surgical Knife, Detachable Blade

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 12 3/8 Circle 6S

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 16 3/8 Circle 6S

1 EA – Probe, General Operating, Straight, 5inch

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 0 12S 6

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 00 12S 6

1 EA – Scissors, Straight 5-1/2 inch

2 EA – Steri-Strip 1/8 inch

LOWER CENTER LRG PKT (BANDAGE POCKET)

Packing Note: Bandage scissors stored loose in pocket.

1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large

6 EA – Povidine/Iodine 4” Applicator

1 EA – 11” Battle Dressing

4 EA – Battle Packs: (consisting of)

1 EA – Tourniquet

1 EA – Battle Dressing Small

1 EA – Ace Wrap

2 EA – Petrolatum Gauze And/Or Sodium Chloride Gauze

1 EA – Muslin Bandage

1 EA – Kerlix (In Mfg Wrapper)

1 EA – 4×4 Gauze Sponges

1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag

1 PR – Gloves, High Risk Large

LOWER LEFT LRG PKT (AIRWAY POCKET)

Packing Note: Either type laryngoscope blade may be used.

1 EA – Handle, Laryngoscope

1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope Miller #2

1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope, Macintosh #3

1 RO – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof

3 EA – Endotracheal Tube 7.5

3 EA – Stylet, ET

3 EA – Berman Airway Adult

1 EA – 18 Ga. Cath

2 PG – Alcohol Pads

1 EA – Kelly Hemo 5 1⁄2 Inch

1 EA – Heimlich Valve

2 EA – Nasopharyngeal Airway (Trumpet)

2 EA – Surgilube Packets

1 EA – Knife, Gen. Surg #10

4 EA – Finger Cot

1 EA – Pocket Mask

1 EA – Syringe Hypo 10cc

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

LOWER RIGHT LRG PKT (FLUID POCKET)

Packing Note: 1. Fluid bag will be unwrapped and stored in the infusor cuff.  2. Remaining IV items will be packed in an appropriate sized ziplock bag and stored between the fluid bag and the infusor cuff or taped directly to IV/infusor cuff.

1 EA – IV Infusor Kit(consisting of)

1 EA – Sodium Chloride 1000ML

1 EA – Infusor Cuff

1 EA – IV Admin Set

3 EA – Alcohol Pad

1 EA – 80lb Test Line, 36”

1 EA – Penrose Drain

1 EA – 18 Ga Cath

1 EA – 20 Ga Cath

1 EA – 14 Ga Cath

1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag

BOTTOM ACCESSORY POUCH

1 EA – Poleless Litter

1 EA – Cervical Collar, Reg.

RADIO PKT INSIDE PACK (FLUID/DIAGNOSTIC POCKET)

Packing Note: Battle packs are packed in individual bags.

2 EA – IV Infusor Kit

2 EA – Battle Packs

2 EA – Needle, 21 Ga

1 EA – Normal Saline

1 EA – Diagnostic Kit (consisting of)

1 EA – BP cuff

1 EA – Stethoscope

2 EA – Penlight

1 EA – Subnormal Thermometer

1 EA – Foley Catheter

3 EA – Surgilube Packets

1 EA – Rectal Thermometer

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

INSIDE MAIN POCKET

NOTE: 1. Battle packs will be in individual bags. 2. Splints may be wire ladder, SAM, or both. 3. Kerlex and 4×4 sponges may be packed together in one bag or as separate bags.

3 EA – Battle Packs

2 EA – Ice Pack, (As Required)

2 EA – Heat Pack, (As Required)

2 EA – Flexible Splint, Padded or Wire Ladder Splint or SAM Splint

6 EA – Kerlex

6 EA – 4×4 Sponges, Post Op

1 EA – Kendrick Traction Device (KTD)

1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag

1 EA – V-Vac Suction

UPPER FLAP POCKET

A/R – Non-Medical Items

A/R – Batteries, AAA

A/R – Batteries, AA

1 EA – Medication & Procedure Handbook

3 EA – Patient Treatment Cards

4 EA – High Risk Gloves, Med. Or High Risk Gloves, Large

Why Would Anyone Miss War?

I am a veteran of the war in Iraq.  I was deployed three different times and have struggles with some of what happened while I was overseas but what is hardest is probably when someone asks what being in Iraq and in war is like.  It is not really reasonable to expect someone to understand that I don’t really want to talk about it or that even if I am that I cannot truly explain it.  A friend of mine that I served with recently pointed me toward an essay that appeared in Esquire magazine that has been around for quite a while.  The essay, was written by Brian Mockenhaupt and is titled I Miss Iraq. I Miss My Gun. I Miss My War.  It does an outstanding job of communicating the experience of a soldier in Iraq.  Being a veteran can be tough.  If you or someone you know is a veteran make sure that you or that person you know gets the support that is needed.  If you see a veteran of any service or any conflict take a second out of your day to say thanks.  It may not seem like it but it does mean a lot.