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IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) are kits or first-aid kits, which in the case of the military are the basic care pouch with essential materials for the treatment of wounds or bruises. In airsoft, we generally use the pouches merely for decoration, which are recognizable by the red cross sewn in the pocket itself and it would not hurt to know what they are and what elements a player without medical training can carry in a real emergency.

This article is made by a player, @Kyritaz_dfs (Instagram) with medical training who is a nursing professional, she will explain the content and configuration of three sets or kits from smallest to largest, according to the different needs and uses.

Very important! She reminds the readers to be responsible and not to carry anything that you don’t know how to use responsibility and only what is necessary for the activity you are going to practice.

1st Small first-aid kit for a first line

Why did I choose this pouch?

Due to its size and internal distribution, I carry a utility pouch from FLYYE brand in TAN colour with the paracord handles in red to identify it intuitively and quickly as a medical pouch.

Inside I carry very basic material with which I can perform first aid while I am on a mission until I reach the HQ and there I can have a apply a exhaustive treatment (all this depending on what I have, in case I do not need urgent medical attention, obviously.)

I carry all these in an airtight bag as you can see to preserve everything with as mush asepsis as possible.

I have just the necessary items to apply a quick cure, cut the bleeding, finger sprains, my own medication that I may need at any given time, etc.

What do I bring?

  • Fortasec.
  • Amchafibrin*
  • CPR manual.
  • Identification card in which the affected area/s and time can be recorded, it is also where I have my allergies written down, the current treatment I am taking and if I have any important illness (this should be done by everyone and communicate it previously to the event organizers, NOT THE DAY OF THE EVENT, but in advance).
  • Nitrile gloves.
  • Physiological serum and povidone iodine 10mL.
  • Chlorhexidine wipe.
  • Superficial hemostatic bandage for first aid.
  • Tape.
  • Gauze kept in an airtight bag.
  • Two wooden depressants.
  • Scissors and tweezers.
  • Ibuprofen.
  • Triangular bandage.
  • Pack of plasters in various sizes.
  • Sterile gauze pads.
  • Steri-strip 3M.
  • Thermal blanket other than the airtight bag.

2nd Small first-aid kit for the second line

As a second kit I carry a TMC brand pouch, called Tactical Trauma Medical Pouch. I have had this pouch for a year and a half and I have used it intensively, I am always using it and I have had zero problems, it is highly recommended. Its dimensions are 20cm high, 17cm wide and 4cm deep.  Despite being a relatively small pouch, it can fit many things.  It has a quick and easy access handle at the top in case it needs to be used urgently.

It has an 180º opening, this allows us to visually check quickly what we need at that time since its internal distribution is quite adequate to arrange the items.

I usually do hiking and other sports so I take this pouch to always carry it on top of my backpack, therefore it works for milsims if for example I have to carry a backpack for the mission, for a trip or any other situation in which I may need it.

What do I bring?

  • Identification card in which the affected area/s and time can be recorded, it is also where I have my allergies written down, the current treatment I am taking and if I have any important illness.
  • Several first aid bandages.
  • Several Steri-strip packages.
  • Wooden depressants.
  • Several sterile suture packages.
  • Chlorhexidine wipe.
  • Transpore 3M tape.
  • Amchafibrin.
  • Single-dose physiological serum.
  • Paraffinized gases.
  • Permanent pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • CPR single-use mask.
  • Sterile gauze pads.
  • Povidone iodine monodose.
  • Pack of plasters in various sizes.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Tweezers.
  • Pillbox with medication.