I present to you: My FAK. Please, rip it apart.

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I present to you: My FAK. Please, rip it apart.

Post by A.C.E. » Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:01 pm

My main Fak. It goes with me in my car, on scoutcamps, when camping and so on.

The bag:
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It's an ordinary army issue FAK bag, intended to be carried by the squad or platoon medic. It can be attched to a backpack, carried in a tactical vest or as shown here, in the included shoulder strap.

The bag is made from some kind of rubberized nylon and it's pretty much waterproof. The lid closes with velcro.
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The bag opened.
Below: the contents.
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Much of this was included in the bag when I got it, I added some things* though.
From top to bottom, left to right.
Small mirror.*
Roll of Bandaid.
Some tape. Usually there is some coach-tape there as well, but I used it up and will buy more soon.
Gauze pads. Two packs of five each.
Foam pad, used when treating blisters and sores on the feet.
Straps for attaching the bag to a backpack.
The box labeled 91 contains safety pins.

Second row.
Pecils and erasers.
Burn dressing.
Field dressings. Basically a gauze pad with a roll of gauze attached to it. Standard Swedish Army issue. There are ten of these in the bag. Normally, there are two or three but I added a couple.
Stainless MORA knife with a pair of tweezers jammed into the hilt.*
EMT shears.

Third row.
Four rolls of bandages.
Compeed blister Bandaids.*
Alcogel skin desinfectant.*
Helosan salve, for dry skin.*
Aloe Rub warming muscle salve.*
Talcum powder.*
Wound desinfectant.*

Not shown: A bunch of nitrile gloves.

Apart from this i carry a smaller FAK in my EDC/GHB bag, this will be added as soon as I have taken some pics of it.

Please, fire away.

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Here's the smaller bag from my EDC.
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The bag.
Painkillers.
Pocket mask.
Rescue blanket.
"Mitella" triangular bandage.
Large wound dressing.
Sutures.
Nitrile gloves, 4 or 5 pairs.
Roll of bandage.
Tape.
Small wound dressings.

Not shown: Steristrip suture tape and EMT shears. I forgot them in my car.
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Post by JIM » Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:22 pm

Looks good. What size are the gauze pads? It's a good idea to include ample amounds of 5x5cm and 10x10cm. gauze pads.

Add some OTC-medication like Paracetamol (acethaminophen), ibuprofen, cetrizine/reactine (antihistamine) and Immodium.
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Post by A.C.E. » Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:48 pm

JIM wrote:Looks good. What size are the gauze pads? It's a good idea to include ample amounds of 5x5cm and 10x10cm. gauze pads.

Add some OTC-medication like Paracetamol (acethaminophen), ibuprofen, cetrizine/reactine (antihistamine) and Immodium.


The pads are 10x10cm. I have more of them in my home FAK, out in the bush I prefer the field dressings. (I trained a lot with them in the army.) I'll see about adding a couple more pads though.

I usually have some paracetamol with me but I gave them away to a colleague with a headache today. Personally I prefer Acetyl-Salicylic Acid (sp?), so I haven't bothered to restock on the paracetamols. Will look into the antihistamines and immodium, I don't usually need either so it's been pretty overlooked in my kit. Time to visit the pharmacy I guess.


Thank you very much for your input.
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Post by JIM » Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:01 pm

A.C.E. wrote: Personally I prefer Acetyl-Salicylic Acid (sp?), so I haven't bothered to restock on the paracetamols.


Acetylsalicylic acid, known to most as aspirin, has some downsides like a larger allergy-risk and acting as a anticoagulant*. So when you're bleeding, you'd preferaby don't want to take aspirin. Paracetamol is prefered for this.


*Yes I know technically aspirin technically isn't a anti-coagulant, but it goes to deep to explain this in this post.
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Post by A.C.E. » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:31 am

JIM wrote:
Acetylsalicylic acid, known to most as aspirin, has some downsides like a larger allergy-risk and acting as a anticoagulant*. So when you're bleeding, you'd preferaby don't want to take aspirin. Paracetamol is prefered for this.


*Yes I know technically aspirin technically isn't a anti-coagulant, but it goes to deep to explain this in this post.




Didn't know that. Great info, thanks.

*Hey, I'm not gonna argue medicine with a guy who's a medic by profession and has House for avatar.
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Post by Citizen Simon » Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:13 pm

A.C.E. wrote:
JIM wrote:
Acetylsalicylic acid, known to most as aspirin, has some downsides like a larger allergy-risk and acting as a anticoagulant*. So when you're bleeding, you'd preferaby don't want to take aspirin. Paracetamol is prefered for this.


*Yes I know technically aspirin technically isn't a anti-coagulant, but it goes to deep to explain this in this post.




Didn't know that. Great info, thanks.

*Hey, I'm not gonna argue medicine with a guy who's a medic by profession and has House for avatar.


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Post by JIM » Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:40 pm

Doc Simon wrote:
The bullet wasn't for you, it was for bastards like me waiting to tell him how wrong he is. It saved him from having to go back and re-explain his post. :lol:

I've got my eyes on you Jim, one false move and you'll be swimming with the fishes.



Fixed that for you..

Doc, when you make threats (try to anyway..), at least try to make them grammatically correct... :wink:


...Would this fall under a 'false move'...
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Re: I present to you: My FAK. Please, rip it apart.

Post by AlmostJesus » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:40 pm

I have a Swedish FAK too
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I got mine with just the a Mora Knife, Bandage Scissors, Tweezer, Pad and pencils in it. I added the rest and its changed since that picture. I would like to get a Swedish bag like yours, I use mine to suppliment my bigger (Czech surp) FAK, this one has some quicker access to supplies.

You seem to have a nice bag for small situations, I like it.
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Post by Lucretius » Mon Jul 07, 2008 11:52 pm

"Cederroths blodstoppare" is really versatile and useful, but bulky. Great job, fitting it in your EDC (AND a face mask!).
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Post by A.C.E. » Thu Jul 10, 2008 2:42 pm

Lucretius wrote:"Cederroths blodstoppare" is really versatile and useful, but bulky. Great job, fitting it in your EDC (AND a face mask!).


I bike to work so I EDC a backpack with a change of clothers and some tools anyway so it's not much of a problem. When I go anywhere else I throw it in the car. If I have to leave the backpack behind I could hang the bag from my belt and dump the facemask in a pocket.

@ AlmostJesus: Yeah, it works great. The best thing is that it's so easy to find stuff in it that other people can use it without problem. Most things are clearly visible from the top which keeps people from rummaging around in it looking for whatever it is that they need.
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