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Why EDC Med Kits Matter

Why EDC Med Kits Matter

Posted by GunSpot on Jul 18th 2022

Now more than ever, we believe in your constitutional rights - and the need - for firearms for protection. But what happens if you're actually involved in an altercation? What happens if you've been stabbed, shot, or wounded? After neutralizing the initial threat, you may have to deal with a potentially life-threatening injury. The situation may also require immediate medical attention for other people, including a loved one. This blog will discuss the critical importance of including a simple Med Kit with your EDC gear. This decision could make all the difference between life and death.

Why carry an everyday carry Med Kit?

First, making a med kit a part of your EDC is just smart. The purpose of an everyday carry medical kit isn't necessarily to perform life-saving procedures. It's more about stopping the bleeding of an injured person so you can quickly get professional medical care. But don't automatically dismiss the idea of carrying a med kit in fear of having to add bulk to your waistline (trust us, no one wants that). The good news is there are several other great options to consider.

The best way to carry a Med Kit.

Our recommendation is to carry your EDC medical kit around your ankle. It's less intrusive, and you're likely to forget it's even there until the crucial moment arises where you need it. One of our favorites is the Ryker Nylon Gear 4WS-AFAK. Storing medical kits at home, desk at work, hunting or fishing bag, and in each of your vehicles is also a great option.

What EDC items should you carry?

The primary objective of an EDC first aid kit is to stop bleeding. So what essential medical supplies should you carry in your medical kit? While this is a personal decision, here's a short list of recommended items focused on bandaging wounds and stopping blood loss:

  • EMT Shears
  • Gauze
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Tourniquet
  • A Chest Seal

This list includes the essential medical gear that can help you stop bleeding, protect you from other people's blood, and help you address wounds quickly.

What types of injuries should you prepare for with your Med Kit?

When it comes to med kits, less is more. It might not make sense to carry too many unnecessary items you don't know how to use. For example, if you don't know how to use an airway kit, you may not need to include it.

When picking out a minimalistic EDC med kit, it comes down to your training and needs. For example: If you, your spouse, or your child have an allergy problem, carrying an EpiPen is extremely necessary.

An EDC Trauma Kit may save a life in several scenarios

There's a good chance you're currently carrying a concealed pistol, an extra mag, a knife, and a flashlight. We know what you're thinking: an additional EDC trauma kit is just one more thing to carry, right? In reality, this item could likely be something you use more than your firearm.

One real-world example of needing a kit might be a car wreck or getting hurt while working outside. Depending on your occupation, on-the-job injuries can happen more frequently. In these cases, take the time to do your research and determine what med kit works best for your situation.

Know how to use the first aid supplies in your EDC Kit

Taking medical classes would also be beneficial, such as CPR classes or classes on learning to respond to trauma by using the items in your medical kit. There are first aid classes where you can learn to apply chest seals, tourniquets, wound dressing, and gauze. Ensure that saving lives is just as much a part of your training as protecting yourself. To get your first EDC kit, check out the TacMed medical kits on our site.

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This content is for general educational and informational purposes only. Readers and viewers are responsible for knowing and understanding all appropriate local, national and international laws relating to self-defense, reasonable force, and the use of any and all weaponry, acting in accordance with all applicable laws, at all times. Tulster does not assume any responsibility for the use or misuse of information or instruction. We encourage all firearm owners to seek out professional in-person instruction. No video or blog replaces in-person training with qualified professionals to ensure you learn and train safely.

Youtube Video Transcript:

Hey folks, Grant from GunSpot here for Tulster.com, and in today's video, we're going to be talking about carrying a medical kit as part of your everyday carry.

Okay, so the topic of today is carrying a medical kit as part of your standard kit that you would carry. Obviously, we're on a gun channel, so we know we're going to be carrying a gun, but there's a lot of debate as to whether or not you should carry a medical kit, and my reasoning behind carrying a medical kit is simply, I want to keep my blood in my body and preserve the same life reason I carry a gun.

This is my medical kit. As you can see, it's a velcro-type closure that straps around my ankle. I've carried it for a number of years. My medical kit has the basics of a blowout kit or a triage-style kit. I can't really remember the name, Riker nylon is who made the ankle portion, but in my particular kit, I have some PPE gear, some gloves, I have a tourniquet, a chest seal, some shears are basically a triangle bandage. The real nuts and bolts basic items that I would need in the broader context of triage or a blood loss type situation - whether it be from a car wreck tornado or a gun or knife fight.

Like I said, I really prefer the ankle format because it doesn't tie up a lot of pocket space. It doesn't add bulk to my waistline. It's just there, and I tend to forget about it. This isn't really heavy, definitely not heavy as in comparison to carrying around a gun with, you know, a loaded magazine or maybe two loaded magazines.

I really like what this kit brings to me as far as my everyday sense of comfort and preparedness. I've pulled all the gear out of my particular kit; not to say that my kit has everything that you might need, but my viewpoint on carrying a medical kit is just emergency triage. I'm not carrying band-aids. I'm not carrying aspirin. I'm not carrying ibuprofen. I'm carrying things that are just going to stop blood loss and prevent things such as a tension pneumothorax or a sucking chest wound.

I've got a tourniquet; I got compressed gauze, I've got another triangular bandage with the ever-important duct tape for a variety of reasons, my PPE rubber gloves and my chest seal, and a set of micro shears so that I can get to the wound.

I may not be treating myself, so this could come in very handy for a variety of reasons cutting a seat belt off or clothing to get to the wound to inspect it quickly to decide whether I need to put a tourniquet or whatnot on it if I had to carry just one thing, it would probably be a tourniquet. That’s just because with a lot of arm and leg wounds, it's very preventable to preserve life if we can get a tourniquet on an arterial bleed. So, if I had to pick just one thing, it would probably be a tourniquet that's got a plastic bag on it that I could use as a chest seal, if I had something along that line or need for something along that line.

But, I try not to carry so much bulk that I end up saying, “Ah man, I can't carry this today. It doesn't fit in my wardrobe, or it doesn't fit in my pocket,” or whatnot. So, compact functional yet covers the widest variety that I can manage in my skill set and knowledge of how to put it into to use these kits range widely in price depending on where you find them and what particular components are found in them. Ultimately, they're not too terribly expensive, so there really shouldn't be a whole lot of monetary issues as to why you don't carry them again.

The adage I always use with folks is, you know, if something costs eighty dollars, my kit was somewhere around that eighty dollar mark with the ankle wrap itself. Is your life worth eighty dollars? If it's not, then don't carry it. Is your spouse's life worth 80 dollars? I'm just throwing 80 out there as a price tag. You could find less or more depending on what offerings you want to take.

But you know, you should be looking at that from that context of, you know, we waste money on all kinds of things in life that aren't going to preserve your life and in 10 years if you got them they're not worth a hill of beans this could prevent somebody from dying or yourself from dying so it's a wise expenditure in my book.

In my opinion, now with that said if you go out and buy the best kit in the world and start carrying it yet you have no concept of how to use any of it, it's probably not going to do you any good. So like always, in all my training is a valuable commodity so you have to be able to train with it in order to use it just like you do your firearm or any other thing in life.

You should train hard because you and your family deserves it.