5 things you need to have in your car medkit

Medical tactical kits always need to have enough equipment that can help stabilize the injured person in difficult environments. This the list of things you should include in your car medkit if you want to be able to handle injuries caused by serious accidents. Please note, that this kit is intended for TCCC/TECC medical course absolvents. Use of some of the tools below without proper training is dangerous and can cause more harm than good.

First aid kit

1. Personal protective equipment

It is absolutely crucial to prtect yourself when helping others, so gloves,mask and eye protection equipment should be the absolute basic in your kit. Gloves and mask will create the barrier between the rescuer and the patient. Eye protection will help to save eyes from the particles or dust that can go inside. The use of gloves is very important in such operations as it will protect your body from different infections and all body fluids.

2. Patient assesment tools

These are the tools which will be used for the assessment of the vital body functions. You should include a stethoscope, thermometer, CO2 monitor and blood pressure cuff. The vital body function measurement will help to identify that how to treat the patient that is injured.

First aid kit

3. Trauma supplies

These are the supplies which help to deal with emergency situations and containing the equipment used to stop bleeding and sealing off the penetrating trauma. It should include the hemostatic dressings of different sizes like Quickclot or Celox. Regular dressing, a combination of bandage wraps like Kling Roll Gauze, Ace Wraps, etc. I would also add breathing equipment, with the full air management pack that will include the basic stabilization equipment for oral and nasal airways, masks, and the suction devices that can be used manually, cyclone pocket (this is the collapsible bag with valve mask), supplies for chest decompression, devices for air passage control like endotracheal intubation and supraglottic king tubes.

Trauma kit should contain the necessary equipment to stop blood loss because it is the s main cause of the deaths in car accidents. It is advisable to have shears and tourniquets outside the bags, so you can access it quickly. Tourniquet is light weight, cheap and easy to deploy and have a specific importance in life saving equipment. In addition to these the kit should have pressure bandages. Very useful are Israeli trauma bandages, which are considered ideal for applying pressure to seriously bleeding injuries and very easy to use, even with one hand.

First aid kit

4. Necessary medicines

Tactical medkit should also contain routine medicines. These will help to cure the minor health issues, will help in treating minor pains and will also help to stop the spread of allergies and infections. This can include Ibuprofen, Loratadine and bismuth subsalicylate. For treating allergic reactions, include Epinephrine and Ciprofloxacin and Fluconazole to treat infections. For orthopaedic injuries, it is good to have cold packs and compression wraps.

Your kit should also contain things that will help to deal with harsh environmental conditions, as environment sometimes can add in the difficulty of the lifesaving process. So, for that purpose, you need to have foil blankets, chemical heat packs, and Blizzard bags.

5. Basic accessories

In addition to the above, there are general accessories that should be part of the kit. These accessories include a head torch, good quality scissors, chemical light sticks, duct tape, MAGILL Forceps, tweezers and spare batteries.

For everyone interested in advanced First Aid, I recommend taking the TECC course, as they are widely available for the public. If you want to learn the theoretical part, I suggest the Youtube channel of PrepMedic, where you can find very clear and instructive videos. Drive safe.

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