Tag Archives: Emergency Medical Kit

Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer Med Kit

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.

Picture Credit: USCG.mil
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.

Picture Credit: Thomas Transport Packs

Packed inside of the Aeromed Pack are these items in the mandatory configuration:

COMPARTMENT 1 – Outside:

  • Blood Pressure Cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Pen Light
  • Latex Gloves
  • Scissors
COMPARTMENT 2 – Outside:
  • SAM Splint
COMPARTMENT 3 – Outside:
  • Airway Kit, Oropharyngeal
  • Airway Kit, Nasalpharyngeal
  • Pocket Mask
  • Ace Wrap


  • Band-Aid, Adhesive
  • Charcoal, Activated
  • Glucose, Oral
  • Syrup of Ipecac
  • Bulb Syringe
  • Cord Clamps
  • Umbilical Tape
  • Battle Dressing, Small
  • Battle Dressing, Med.
  • Battle Dressing, Large
  • Bandage, Gauze
  • Water Gel, Burn Kit
  • Petroleum Gauze
  • Sponges, Surgical, 4×4
  • Cravat, Bandage
  • Plastic Bag
  • Adhesive, Tape, 2″
  • Adhesive, Tape, 1
Inside: Collar, Cervical – No-Neck, Small, Medium, Large – 1 of Each
  • Band-Aid
  • Thermometer 94-108F and/or Electronic Ear Canal Thermometer
  • Ball Point Pen

In addition to the medical bag, the following items make up the remainder of the rescue swimmer emergency medical kit located on board the helicopter:

  • Bag-Valve Mask by Life Support Products
  • Resuscitator, Oxygen by Life Support Products
  • Laerdal Suction Kit V-Vac by Dyna Med Inc.
  • Cylinder, Oxygen “D” Size M-22 by Life Support Products
  • Antishock Trousers
  • Traction Splint
  • Cervical Collars
  • Medevac Board by Lifesaving Systems Corp.
  • Medevac Report Form (CG-5214)
  • Victims/Casualty Hypothermia Bag by Wiggy’s Inc.
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED): Heartstream Forerunner Model E01 including Semi-Rigid Carrying Case, DP5 Extra Pads, Data Card (30 Mins. ECG & Event) and BT1 Battery Pack
  • Current EMT Text (Currently used by USCG EMT School)

Reference: Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Manual, COMDTINST M3710.4B, 28 JUL 00

Every Day Carry Med Kit

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:


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.

1 – Band-Aid (2″X4.5″)

2 – Band-Aids (1″X3″)

1 – Steri-Strip (1/4″)


What is in your ultra-portable medical kit?

The Word On The Web

Well I slacked off a little this week on the blog but here a few things from around the web…

Corn for Food, Not Fuel – From The Daily Sheeple

It is not often that a stroke of a pen can quickly undo the ravages of nature, but federal regulators now have an opportunity to do just that. Americans’ food budgets will be hit hard by the ongoing Midwestern drought, the worst since 1956. Food bills will rise and many farmers will go bust.

A retired U.S. Army colonel who now teaches modern warfare to soldiers at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. has co-written an article with a Civil War expert that has ignited a firestorm today among those increasingly concerned about what some say is a distinct anti-civilian tone that has infected much of the military and Homeland Security since 2009.

Former CIA General: Martial Law Expected And “Warranted” – From Alt-Market

Lt. General William Boykin (retired) told TruNews Radio Tuesday that the U.S. economy of the United States “is just about the break” and collapse.  And when the dam gives way, severe food shortages and pervasive violence throughout America will warrant, in his opinion, an executive declaration of martial law.

Ten Unconventional Additions to Your Emergency Medical Kit – From Ready Nutrition

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.

Stockpiling and Replenishing – From SurvivalBlog

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.

Resilient Life Groups – From PeakProsperity

We’ve created Groups to help you connect with, collaborate with, and learn from like-minded others.

Note that there are two types of Groups:

  • Local Groups: Find people geographically near you who can help you with your preparations.
  • Interest Groups: Join online communities dedicated to a specific topic, passion or skill.

I hope that some of these specific links are helpful to you or at a minimum provided a new resource for preparedness information.

If you have a preparedness link that you rely on to make sure you are ready for anything, please share it with us!

U.S. Air Force Pararescue Medical Kit

Photo Credit: airforce.com
Photo Credit: airforce.com

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.)


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


Packing Note: Steri-Strips will need to be added to surgical kit (not a component of kit).

2 EA – Space Blanket

1 EA – Tape, Surgical, 1” Waterproof

1 EA – Surgical Kit:(Following are the components)

1 EA – Case, Minor Surgery, Surgical Instrument Set

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 10, 6S

2 PG – Blade, Surgial Knife, Detachable, CS no. 11, 6S

1 EA – Holder, Suture, Needle, Hegar-Mayo, 6 inch

1 EA – Forceps, Dressing, Straight, 5 1⁄2 inch

2 EA – Forceps, Hemostatic, Straight, Kelly 5 1/3 inch

1 EA – Handle, Surgical Knife, Detachable Blade

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 12 3/8 Circle 6S

1 PG – Needle, Suture, Surg, Reg, Size 16 3/8 Circle 6S

1 EA – Probe, General Operating, Straight, 5inch

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 0 12S 6

12 PG – Suture, Nonab, Surg, Silk, Braided, Size 00 12S 6

1 EA – Scissors, Straight 5-1/2 inch

2 EA – Steri-Strip 1/8 inch


Packing Note: Bandage scissors stored loose in pocket.

1 EA – Bandage Scissors, Large

6 EA – Povidine/Iodine 4” Applicator

1 EA – 11” Battle Dressing

4 EA – Battle Packs: (consisting of)

1 EA – Tourniquet

1 EA – Battle Dressing Small

1 EA – Ace Wrap

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


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


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


1 EA – Poleless Litter

1 EA – Cervical Collar, Reg.


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


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


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