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    Help me improve my GSW kit

    This is our Gunshot Wound Kit issued by my department in the year 2000. This kit was issued to every deputy working the field (photos are hotlinked and very large to show detail):



    Kit with instructions (3 pages).


    Kit taken out of nylon pouch (approximately 10”x14”x2” in size).


    Current kit contents:

    2x packs of Vaseline (3”x9”) petrolatum gauze
    Medical tape
    2x gauze rolls
    10”x13” trauma dressing
    Scissors
    Set of surgical gloves
    3x Combine dressing
    2x (4”x4”) gauze pads


    Your mission: To help me improve the kit. My primary goal is to put additional useful items into the kit. My secondary goal is to put the kit into a better pouch/container. The kit will ride in a small backpack which I carry on the front passenger floor. Also in the backpack are 2x liters of water, emergency poncho w/ liner and other personal items.

    Please remember this is for Gun Shot Wounds (or similar) & to be used on a fellow deputy or myself. This is not a “general purpose” medical kit for scrapes and cuts.

    Input from people who have actual experience treating GSWs (Trojan_42) would be appreciated. All other input will be considered as well.

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    Here are some supplies I have on hand. I am thinking about rearranging my M3 bag to contain the new and improved GSW kit. What do you think?

    (Once again all photos are hotlinked and large for detail.)


    My M3 Medical kit.


    Other supplies I have on hand.


    Current M3 medical kit contents.


    Other information which I forgot to mention in my first post: I work solo patrol on a large (mostly) rural beat which, depending on where I am, Paramedics can take up to 45 minutes to reach me.

    I don't currently carry the M3 bag on patrol, it has stayed at home.

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    Your M3 Kit looks pretty good to me Jato. 4 pairs of locking artery clamps might be a useful addition, as would be a large shotgun wound dressing. A foil 'space' blanket is also a handy bit of kit with a variety of uses. As discussed the other day a commercial tourniquet might be a nice touch too. (Try a visit to your local ER and see if you can scrounge kit from them.
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    I would also suggest an occlusive dressing, for lung shots.
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    Seran Wrap will do that job.
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    Okay, I have added (from my grab bag of medical gear):

    Plastic airway
    Ace style elastic bandages x2
    canvas tourniquet (it has a metal buckle).
    Mylar “space” blanket
    Elastic gauze rolls x2
    Surgi-pads (8”x7.5”) x 3
    Artery clamp x1 (that’s all I have)
    Extra gloves
    Plastic for occlusive dressing.

    I used the M3 pouch. I put the “old issued GSW kit” in the upper pouch. I filled the remaining two smaller pouches with the above-mentioned items.

    I am not finished, I will review this thread and add items (work in progress).

    What about “QuikClot”? Does it work? Do I want to have some in my kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jato View Post

    What about “QuikClot”? Does it work? Do I want to have some in my kit?

    I'd put a package or two in there stuff works good.
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