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Although an IFAK is technically an Individual First Aid Kit, it really should more appropriately be thought of as an Individual Trauma Kit. First Aid kits and First Aid courses, as commonly thought of, deal with topics more akin to Band-Aids than tourniquets and life-threatening injuries.  STB (Stop The Bleed) is more used for stopping the bleeding and providing lifesaving techniques to that end. We keep IFAKs in our vehicles and co-locate them in the house with fire extinguishers and flashlights. If you’re planning to be prepared in an emergency, like a fire, then you may need medical equipment, and...

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Can Your First Aid Kit Stop a Bleed? Make Sure You Have These 8 Things in Your Kit! It’s an expression that goes without saying: when you are prepared for a crisis, you are less likely to panic. But how many of us have taken it to heart?There are some fairly significant ways to be prepared for all the unexpected things that happen in life—like saving the life of a person with a massive bleed.A person who is bleeding from an injury can die within five minutes. Chances are, the ‘first responder’ on the scene of a traumatic situation will...

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How to survive a snakebite in the wilderness!    

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An introductory Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course from the S12 Premier Training Event in Nashville, TN. This is an outstanding first aid class with life saving training equally relevant to car wrecks, boating accidents and gunshot wounds.

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We all like to save money. Whether it's finding a gas station with the best price or your favorite beer on sale, saving a few dollars feels good. Public entities like schools or police and fire departments have fiscal responsibilities that mandate against wasteful spending. Most individuals and certainly most agencies shop carefully when purchasing supplies. Medical equipment is not the place to try to save a few dollars. You would never purchase a bargain parachute or sign up for budget brain surgery. When it comes to emergency medical equipment, most of us know better than to price-shop, yet thousands...

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