Hello. My name is HM1 Caraballo. I’m a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman.
And I am currently stationed at Aviation Survival Training Command Pensacola. And today we’re going to be going over the essentials that you may want to have in your first aid kit. To start off, I just want to say that the first thing that everybody needs in their kit
won’t take up any space at all and that’s that you need the knowledge. So you have to go to a first aid course and preferably one that provides CPR as well. Without the proper knowledge you won’t be able to use anything that’s in this kit properly.
So let’s get started. I’d like to begin my class with going over the typical kit that you might get at your local store.
And then, from there, I’ll move on to what additions I also made in my kit. When you first open up this kit, you will notice that it has just about everything you need for
those minor irritations and itches and things that you may pick up along the trail. It also has some triple antibiotic ointment to help prevent any kind of infection on those minor abrasions. Some scissors and some very handy poison ivy/poison oak cleanser. Open it up further from there you’ll notice that you have some burn cream.
It also provides you with some quick cleaning strips. These are great for sanitizing your hands quickly before you do any kind of procedure
on someone else, especially on burns because they are highly susceptible to infection. In the center section right here it has an assortment of different size gauze pads. These are great for covering up larger abrasions. It also provides a few tongue depressors.
These can be cut to different sizes to help splint a finger. It also provides you with a small roll of tape.
On the other side, you have an assortment of bandages. You also get a small amount of closure strips.
These are a great substitute for stitches while you’re out in the field. In the other center part you have what we like to refer to as a space blanket.
This is great for two things. For one, it’ll provide you with warmth if you’re in a cold environment; and
two, it is extremely reflective and very visible in case you do get yourself lost in the woods. You’ll also receive an ice-cold compress.
And, to top it all off, they throw in a nice pair of gloves for you. To help improve this kit, I added a few items of my own because
most of this can fit into the front pouch of my kit over here. The first thing that I changed out was the scissors. They seemed a little small to me so if I actually needed to cut through somebody’s
pants to access any kind of wound, I would need something a little larger. So I went ahead and threw in a nice pair of trauma shears. Also, the tape that was provided with the gauze pads was a little small for my taste. So I went ahead and upgraded to a slightly larger roll;
get a little more stick out of it and be able to hold those bandages in place. Now, if you were going to use those for compress bandages,
you’re going to need to put a little bit of pressure behind that as well. They didn’t provide you with anything in the kit to do that.
I would suggest an Ace wrap or they also have these days premade compress dressings. The bandages are already inside it and it is attached to an Ace wrap. So you can still use it as an Ace wrap if needed or as a compress bandage – kind of a two-for-one deal. I also have a small packet of iodine tablets in case I get stuck out there and I need to purify any water. Lastly, I always provide myself with some cravats. This is a great multipurpose tool. These are just some of the items that I suggest that you have in your medical kit. Obviously, after taking your own course, you will decide what you
personally need to take with you on any adventure that you have.