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by VXMerlinXV
Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:08 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Traumatic amputation.
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Re: Traumatic amputation.

I think VL hit all the major points, I’ll be honest I’ve been head scratching over this one since you posted it. So, theoretically yes, it could complicate reattachment, buuuuut it’s really hard to exangunate out of your fingers, so if they need hemostatics it’s life over limb. Plus, disaster or bac...
by VXMerlinXV
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Wound cleaning, what do you use?
Replies: 34
Views: 4107

Re: Wound cleaning, what do you use?

Is there a publication you or someone else might suggest for a one-stop-shop on austere health and wound care? I have "Where there is no doctor." Is there a better publication available in hard copy? Thanks! So, like all great medical questions, I'm going to say it depends. Thanks for coming to my ...
by VXMerlinXV
Wed Mar 03, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Wound cleaning, what do you use?
Replies: 34
Views: 4107

Re: Wound cleaning, what do you use?

In broad strokes, yep, my choice for cleaning wounds in the zpaw would be drinking water. Slowing the healing process with something like iodine is more of an infection risk than the benefit gained from a betadine washout. I mean, obviously if we had no drinking water, gallons of iodine, and a dirty...
by VXMerlinXV
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Wound cleaning, what do you use?
Replies: 34
Views: 4107

Re: Wound cleaning, what do you use?

I carry iodine, but I use it to clean water for irrigation or to disinfect skin, in almost no situation would I use iodine itself for wound cleaning, there’s a ton of data that the tissue damage done with more concentrated iodine prolongs the healing process. The one caveat would be a iodine wet to ...
by VXMerlinXV
Sat Dec 26, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: New Bleed Control
Replies: 1
Views: 405

Re: New Bleed Control

It’s good for precisely what it’s good for, but not for general bleeding control. For normal austere care, I might keep 1-2 on the house or truck level. For penetrating heavy environments, I’d probably keep one in my ruck.
by VXMerlinXV
Thu Sep 24, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Food Saver medical recipes
Replies: 8
Views: 979

Re: Food Saver medical recipes

Yep, for the small ones. I’m probably going to be looking at an IV kit, and airway and minor surgical modules. Maybe wound care as well.
by VXMerlinXV
Thu Sep 24, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Food Saver medical recipes
Replies: 8
Views: 979

Food Saver medical recipes

Hey folks, wanted to take a second and start a thread that I don't have much to contribute to yet. I want to talk about the sexy new trend of vacuum packing med supplies at home, crafting your own procedure kits and IFAKs. Has anyone tried this? What kits have you put together? I just grabbed a food...
by VXMerlinXV
Thu May 28, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: MAC MOD2 TCCC IFAK 2 IS ONE AMAZON BUILD 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 4508

Re: MAC MOD2 TCCC IFAK 2 IS ONE AMAZON BUILD 2020

Looks good. I like the preprinted cards, and keeping them in the bag is really smart.
by VXMerlinXV
Sat Apr 18, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: MAC MOD2 TCCC IFAK 2 IS ONE AMAZON BUILD 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 4508

Re: MAC MOD2 TCCC IFAK 2 IS ONE AMAZON BUILD 2020

Those jewelers bags are great. I use a ton of them.

Hope your hand feels better. A few OT sessions will limber up that third digit.
by VXMerlinXV
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: MAC MOD2 TCCC IFAK 2 IS ONE AMAZON BUILD 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 4508

Re: MAC MOD2 TCCC IFAK 2 IS ONE AMAZON BUILD 2020

Just a warning to anyone following this, I have, first hand, seen genuine CAT’s ordered from amazon that resulted in counterfeits being delivered. Those counterfeits resulted in a significantly high failure rate when applied. This has happened multiple times. I always get mine through official NARP ...
by VXMerlinXV
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: My Medical/Aid Supplies (Updated Pics)
Replies: 77
Views: 36482

Re: My Medical/Aid Supplies (Updated Pics)

Upgraded my Medical Kits. Better quality bags overall & obviously in Multicam. Two TSSI M9 thin medical packs, two Mountain Recon Marine Corp squad combat lifesaver bags, two LBT SCOTT medical packs, one LBT "STOMP" medical pack. https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/qq266/mags2169/1/20190731_1452...
by VXMerlinXV
Mon Feb 03, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Woods Walker in Memorium
Replies: 79
Views: 32223

Re: Woods Walker in Memorium

If any of his family is reading this, please know he will be missed, and genuinely meant something to this community. He and I had some great medical discussions over the years, I am genuinely sorry for your loss.
by VXMerlinXV
Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?
Replies: 20
Views: 7273

Re: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?

If you have the funding, I'd recommend making a trauma specific kit and a 'sick call' kit. not many remember the wound care portion and how many dressings you actually need. I would humbly add a traction splint because even if you're the only one to have in the nearest 150 square miles, someone wil...
by VXMerlinXV
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Grifter's Aid Bag
Replies: 54
Views: 28867

Re: Grifter's Aid Bag

I can’t wait to see what a 10 year evolution on an Aid bag looks like. I’m... 3 full sized bags past the STOMP2 I was hauling in 2008
by VXMerlinXV
Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?
Replies: 20
Views: 7273

Re: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?

Not to derail the thread, but I would be interested in a packing list or pictures of your loadout for your RAMMP. Just picked one up and am interested to see how you set yours up. Mine is set up for expanded infirmary ops, as follows: Six mini pouches on top half: PPE : two ziplocks of exam gloves,...
by VXMerlinXV
Tue May 07, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Stop the bleed month
Replies: 7
Views: 3251

Re: Stop the bleed month

I’ve been posting a bleeding tip of the day on Facebook, and teach the course for my hospital.
by VXMerlinXV
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Training Opportunity
Replies: 5
Views: 3985

Re: Training Opportunity

Ian, I'm not sure how I missed this post a year ago, hang on a sec, I'll run through it. The Tactical Practical's sound like it was more of a technical rescue ? If it was Tech Rescue, I 'll bet you know the gear and threat are extremely different. What stage of care did they say you were entering in...
by VXMerlinXV
Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Training Opportunity
Replies: 5
Views: 3985

Re: Training Opportunity

https://scontent.fphl2-4.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/58441464_10161943894685193_3542353622601826304_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_ht=scontent.fphl2-4.fna&oh=f8ffe20a414500f09d464d590bba15bf&oe=5D2F0BB7 Hey guys, Looks like they are running the weekend again! I found it useful last year, and if you are in the ar...
by VXMerlinXV
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?
Replies: 20
Views: 7273

Re: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?

I use a S.O. Tech rammp kit as my jump bag. Its not a particularly budget friendly piece of kit - but you definitely get what you pay for. With everything well organized and labeled its easy to direct a bystander to open the 3rd pocket on the right that says airway and give me the long tube thingy ...
by VXMerlinXV
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?
Replies: 20
Views: 7273

Re: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?

The budget cases are not a bad option, especially if this case won’t see daily austere use. Hobby and hardware stores are great places to pick up organizers to fit the box.
by VXMerlinXV
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:10 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?
Replies: 20
Views: 7273

Re: Weatherproof Wilderness First Response Kit - pelican style?

For your question, my go to answer would be the pelican 1600 EMS. That being said, having done this a few times, your best bet is to first figure out specifically what you want to pack, then get a case to fit that, not find the case and load it after. What’s your provider level? How remote is remote...
by VXMerlinXV
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Too many cooks in the kitchen
Replies: 8
Views: 4073

Re: Too many cooks in the kitchen

Nice work, sorry she got hurt. If she’s ok with it, can we get some pics of the wound next dressing change? This could be a cool running case study.
by VXMerlinXV
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Looking for a specific aid bag.
Replies: 26
Views: 9256

Re: Looking for a specific aid bag.

Ok, got the bag out for a three day training session. Some lessons learned. 1) I need an upgraded carry system. This pack is a monster, and it throws the center of gravity farther back than normal. 2) Double waterproofing is better than none. Next time, EVERYTHING is in a ziplock. 3) The concept wor...
by VXMerlinXV
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:18 pm
Forum: First Aid
Topic: Training Opportunity
Replies: 5
Views: 3985

Re: Training Opportunity

Hey Guys, Got back after a very soggy weekend, but learned a ton. Here's a quick overview: NRA Home Firearms Safety Instructor: Cameron Green Great class. Learned unloading process on more than two dozen guns, from blackpowder on up. Also fired a variety of weapons, looking at the difference between...

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