Since the recent review of our Get Home Alive Medical Kit by the Veteran Special Operations Writers over at the LoadOutRoom.com we have been getting some questions regarding what each of the items in our kit are used for. The purpose of this Article is to teach you the basic uses of the different medical items
WH Tactical sells in its kits & as individual items. While some medical items are straight forward,
others are not. It is imperative to have a solid understanding of the different functions of the
items in your medical kit.
SWAT Tourniquet: A tourniquet is used to stop heavy blood flow from a traumatic injury. Some examples
include arterial cut, gun shot wound, and loss of limb.
SWAT Stands for Stretch Wrap & Tuck. Place the tourniquet above the wound and begin the first wrap
around the limb trying to keep the material flat and as wide as possible as a wider tourniquet is more effective at stopping bleeding. Watch the symbols on the SWAT to ensure proper tightness. When you are out of material to wrap, pull up on the last layer and tuck the tail of material underneath. The SWAT-T can also be used as a compression bandage, pack the wound with gauze if necessary or cover with gauze pad and wrap the SWAT around using the same method as above except this time watch the symbols to ensure you do not over-tighten.
Israeli Bandage: This is a compression bandage and gauze pad all in one. When wrapping make sure to place the cleat over the wounded area as this is where the most pressure will be applied.
H&H Gauze: This is 7-Ply sterile cotton gauze that has been vacuum packed. It does not contain a clotting agent like QuickClot and should be used in conjunction with a compression bandage.
Aluminum Splint: An aluminum splint is used to support a broken or fractured bone so that it doesn't move. When the splint is folded or made into curves it becomes very strong and supportive. Bend the splint into one of the more common ways: V Shape, U Shape, Folded Back onto Itself. Place the splint onto the affected area and secure it in place with a self adhesive medical wrap, or other item such as medical tape or paracord. The splint can easily be cut into smaller sizes to splint fingers or smaller areas.
CPR Face Shield: This shield should be used when doing mouth to mouth CPR to reduce the chance of catching a disease from the patient.
Steri-Strips: These strips are like butterfly bandages but stronger. They are used to hold clean cuts tightly back together until stitches are applied. These also can be used on more minor cuts to keep the skin pulled together so that the wound heals more cleanly leaving less of a scar.
Uncoated Aspirin: While this medication has its obvious uses it is also very usefull for people suffering from a heart attack. Take 1 350mg uncoated aspirin if signs of a heart attack are present and then seek immediate medical attention.
Tampon: Besides its obvious use as a feminine product a tampon has other uses. A Tampon can be used as a sterile dressing or as gauze.
Iodine Wipes: Iodine wipes are used to disinfect and clean a wound prior to putting on a dressing, unlike an alcohol wipe Iodine will not burn.
Anti-Septic Gel: Place a small portion of the gel onto the band aid before applying to the wound. This gel will help keep the wound clean and infection free.
Alcohol Wipe: Use an alcohol wipe to sterilize equipment or clean the skin prior to an incision or insertion of needle. Will burn if used to clean a wound.
Ammonia Inhalant: AKA 'Smelling Salts' Use one of these to awaken somebody who has passed out or fainted. Simply crush the vile with your fingers to release the smell and wave it briefly under the patients nose to stimulate them to respond.
So there it is, a quick & basic overview of the most common items found in our medical kits and their uses. If you need more direction or instructions please get in contact with us and we can help direct you.
Stay Safe & Stay Spikey,