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

HemCon Bandage

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.