Comments: IFAKs Saved Lives in Tucson

Thank you. You can not ban crazy peolpe,you can not even institutionalize them until they have actually harmed someone and then they will be released with an admonition to take their assigned medication but no supervision. Official first responders are rarely in a position to be the the first responder. Typically bystanders do not just stand by in critical situations unless there is nothing they can do and even then since today most people have cell phones there is little delay in first responder notification.

Posted by -1dunce at January 26, 2011 02:59 PM

You will see a lot of the same trauma in a bad car wreck, which has convinced me that I need one in my car too. The ITS kit looks to be very lean, very complete and a damned good price.

So... another expense goes on the "soon" list.

Posted by Phelps at January 26, 2011 03:22 PM

In a book I read recently, which was placed in Australia, one of the battlefield medics carried tampons in his emergency first aid kit, for gunshot wounds, because they expand immediately when they come in contact with blood, thus sealing the wound until the soldier can be rushed to a field hospital for more conventional treatment. Pretty smart, eh?

Marianne Matthews

Posted by Marianne Matthews at January 27, 2011 12:35 AM

John Ringo's Ghost has a long disquisition on the value of tampons and max-pads (with wings) as field expedient dressings for gunshot wounds and other injuries.

Posted by PKO Strany at January 29, 2011 05:20 PM

From about '72-'83 did emergency work with SCCA. Red Cross first aid classes ['73] promoted use of tampons and maxi-pads for use in stemming bloody wounds.

Posted by oldeforce at January 30, 2011 01:58 AM