There are a number of different missions that are carried out by the various branches of the federal government and military but one of the common denominators that makes a mission successful is good planning and support. One of the key support personnel for every mission is the medic, or in the case of the United States Coast Guard, the rescue swimmer. The mission of the rescue swimmer is to maintain proper training and conditioning to assist persons in distress in the maritime environment, including search and rescue operations and to provide pre-hospital life support to rescued individuals. The following is a list of the medical equipment that a rescue swimmer uses to help others survive disaster in the water.
U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer
Emergency Medical Equipment
The medical bag of choice for the U.S. Coast Guard is the Aeromed EMS Pack by Thomas Transport Packs.
Packed inside of the Aeromed Pack are these items in the mandatory configuration:
COMPARTMENT 1 – Outside:
Blood Pressure Cuff
COMPARTMENT 2 – Outside:
COMPARTMENT 3 – Outside:
Airway Kit, Oropharyngeal
Airway Kit, Nasalpharyngeal
Syrup of Ipecac
COMPARTMENT A Inside:
Battle Dressing, Small
Battle Dressing, Med.
Battle Dressing, Large
COMPARTMENT B Inside:
Water Gel, Burn Kit
Sponges, Surgical, 4×4
COMPARTMENT C Inside:
COMPARTMENT D Inside:
Adhesive, Tape, 2″
Adhesive, Tape, 1
Inside: Collar, Cervical – No-Neck, Small, Medium, Large – 1 of Each
It is impossible to always be ready to react to every situation that may occur. If I had a quarter for every time I had gotten a scrape, cut, abrasion, or laceration when I had no way to take care of it, I would at least be able to take my family out to a very nice dinner. The best way that I have found to deal with this is to have what I call a ‘Pocket Medical Kit.’ This basically equates to a kit that is relatively flat that can treat emergent injuries in the form of lacerations, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, etc. Being flat in design allows it to easily fit in a pocket, wallet, or purse and is minimal in weight to the point where you can almost forget that it is there.
The bottom line with your kit is that it should be designed for you and your medical needs. Each individual may face different risks or dangers in their daily lives that may result in the need to custom tailor the contents of their kit to address these concerns. A ‘Pocket Medical Kit’ is designed to address injuries of inconvenience and is not designed to address life threatening injuries. As always, even the best medical kit is not a substitute for good training. If you have the opportunity to obtain medical training, that can often be more useful than the medical supplies themselves. There is no replacement for quality training by qualified personnel. Here are the contents of my kit:
POCKET MEDICAL KIT
1 – 6 Mil Poly Bag (3″X5″) : The contents of the kit will fit nicely into this bag.
1 – Nonadherant Dressing (3” X 4”)
1 – Medical Tape (1”X24″) : Wrap the tape around the poly bag.
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Okay, I am sure you all have a medical kit to be proud of, you’ve got all the bandages, the slings, the ointments and creams, but sometimes, just sometimes, the most mundane items can make life simpler, especially if you need to move fast, or find yourself in a situation where you need to improvise, or, the stuff you have just isn’t right for the job in hand. Here are a few ideas, and examples of what to use them for.
As a U.S. Army Battalion Logistics Officer, it became very evident to me that at some point my stockpile of parts, petroleum products, uniforms, etc. would eventually run out, and I needed a way to replenish those stockpiles during steady-state operations. A total collapse situation would unfold in much the same way as a deployment of a military unit would in regard to an interrupted supply chain. Initially, you have no logistics network and you need to rely entirely upon your stockpiles brought with you or kept in your secure location.
I think that one of the best ways to come up with an effective and comprehensive medical kit is to look to professionals that render medical care in the most austere environments in the world. Often this care is given under circumstances that will never even be mentioned to the public because of the sensitive nature of the mission. If a medical kit is good enough to rescue America’s heroes from the toughest situations imaginable then it is likely a good model to develop a medical kit for use in a survival or disaster/emergency preparedness situation. I believe the United States Air Force Pararescuemen are some of the most professional and impressive emergency medical care providers in existence and I choose to use their medical kit as a guide when putting my kits together. Use it if you think it would be beneficial, but I would recommend at least taking a look.
DISCLAIMER: This kit contains items that require a prescription to legally obtain and items that require special training to safely and properly use. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as any encouragement to obtain any certain piece of equipment for personal or professional use or to attempt any medical protocols or procedures that you are not properly trained and licensed to perform.
So…without further ado, here is the packing list for the U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit:
U.S. Air Force Pararescue
Primary Medical Kit Packing List
FIELD PACK W/FRAME, ALCE, LARGE
(All quantities are minimums./Suitable substitutes may be used upon request.)
UPPER LEFT SMALL PKT
Packing Note: Scissors stored loose in pocket.
1 PG – Band-Aid
1 PG – First Aid Kit, Eye Dressing
2 EA – 4×4 Post Op Sponge
2 EA – Chapstick
1 TU – Bactrocan
2 PR – Ear Plugs
1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large
UPPER CENTER SMALL PKT
Packing Note: Steri-Strips will need to be added to surgical kit (not a component of kit).
2 EA – Petrolatum Gauze And/Or Sodium Chloride Gauze
1 EA – Muslin Bandage
1 EA – Kerlix (In Mfg Wrapper)
1 EA – 4×4 Gauze Sponges
1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag
1 PR – Gloves, High Risk Large
LOWER LEFT LRG PKT (AIRWAY POCKET)
Packing Note: Either type laryngoscope blade may be used.
1 EA – Handle, Laryngoscope
1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope Miller #2
1 EA – Blade, Laryngoscope, Macintosh #3
1 RO – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof
3 EA – Endotracheal Tube 7.5
3 EA – Stylet, ET
3 EA – Berman Airway Adult
1 EA – 18 Ga. Cath
2 PG – Alcohol Pads
1 EA – Kelly Hemo 5 1⁄2 Inch
1 EA – Heimlich Valve
2 EA – Nasopharyngeal Airway (Trumpet)
2 EA – Surgilube Packets
1 EA – Knife, Gen. Surg #10
4 EA – Finger Cot
1 EA – Pocket Mask
1 EA – Syringe Hypo 10cc
1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag
LOWER RIGHT LRG PKT (FLUID POCKET)
Packing Note: 1. Fluid bag will be unwrapped and stored in the infusor cuff. 2. Remaining IV items will be packed in an appropriate sized ziplock bag and stored between the fluid bag and the infusor cuff or taped directly to IV/infusor cuff.
1 EA – IV Infusor Kit(consisting of)
1 EA – Sodium Chloride 1000ML
1 EA – Infusor Cuff
1 EA – IV Admin Set
3 EA – Alcohol Pad
1 EA – 80lb Test Line, 36”
1 EA – Penrose Drain
1 EA – 18 Ga Cath
1 EA – 20 Ga Cath
1 EA – 14 Ga Cath
1 EA – 8×8 Ziplock Bag
BOTTOM ACCESSORY POUCH
1 EA – Poleless Litter
1 EA – Cervical Collar, Reg.
RADIO PKT INSIDE PACK (FLUID/DIAGNOSTIC POCKET)
Packing Note: Battle packs are packed in individual bags.
2 EA – IV Infusor Kit
2 EA – Battle Packs
2 EA – Needle, 21 Ga
1 EA – Normal Saline
1 EA – Diagnostic Kit (consisting of)
1 EA – BP cuff
1 EA – Stethoscope
2 EA – Penlight
1 EA – Subnormal Thermometer
1 EA – Foley Catheter
3 EA – Surgilube Packets
1 EA – Rectal Thermometer
1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag
INSIDE MAIN POCKET
NOTE: 1. Battle packs will be in individual bags. 2. Splints may be wire ladder, SAM, or both. 3. Kerlex and 4×4 sponges may be packed together in one bag or as separate bags.
3 EA – Battle Packs
2 EA – Ice Pack, (As Required)
2 EA – Heat Pack, (As Required)
2 EA – Flexible Splint, Padded or Wire Ladder Splint or SAM Splint
6 EA – Kerlex
6 EA – 4×4 Sponges, Post Op
1 EA – Kendrick Traction Device (KTD)
1 EA – 12×12 Ziplock Bag
1 EA – V-Vac Suction
UPPER FLAP POCKET
A/R – Non-Medical Items
A/R – Batteries, AAA
A/R – Batteries, AA
1 EA – Medication & Procedure Handbook
3 EA – Patient Treatment Cards
4 EA – High Risk Gloves, Med. Or High Risk Gloves, Large