An Introduction to IFAKs (Individual First Aid Kits)

Warning: There are TEN videos on this page, and a few of them are “graphic” in nature. If you are studying prepping with children, review this page before showing them.

Update: 1 Nov, 2014. There are a few items you may want to include in your IFAK. I consider them “upgrades” to QuickClot and the flexible naso-pharyngeal airways. The last update is a link to a post illustrating the usage of Celox products in a bleeding test environment. It is a collection of 7 videos taken during training sessions, using different types of Celox products.

An introduction to IFAKs, (Individual First Aid Kits), courtesy of quite a few friendly folks who posted their YouTube videos.  I went through and selected a few of them for your own review. Some good ideas throughout. You certainly don’t need to carry everything you see, but each item has its merits. Evaluate what you may need based on your expectations. If cash is tight, go light, stocked with the most important items – those that save life first, and those that make life easier afterward.

Keep in mind that your kit should be easy to open, and hide nothing critical. Everything that is designed for immediate need must be immediately visible and available. No other configuration should be acceptable.

You’ll see QuickClot. I recommend Celox for reasons posted here.
The GatorAde supplements are best replaced with Oral Rehydration Salts. Remember that both GatorAde and ORS powders require water to mix.

One point made is that you can “build your own” cheaper than buying one. This is largely true. However, if you want one for purposes of practice and familiarity, or just to have something concrete in your hands before you get into the design phase, get one off E-Bay. If you prowl for a short while, you’ll come across something used and cheap, perhaps with some “expired” contents. Even if you don’t buy one there, you can see some good pictures of contents.

Just be watchful for “IFAK style” kits. If the product description says “style” in it, that thing is an aftermarket, non-issue kit. If you want the military issued kits, watch out for the flag – “style”.

Two different kits based on the Condor rip away pouch

IFAK based on BDS Tactical 6X8 (Nice little side note, Made in USA with lifetime warranty!)

US Army Issue – Simple pouch and content components.
Notice the tourniquet is instantly available after deployment. The US Army IFAK is a very basic setup, open to enhancement. It is different from the USMC IFAK in that it smaller, and does not include basic First Aid items such as band-aids, pain killers, wipes, etc….

Marine Corp training video, introduced by Carl Weathers. Graphic content. “Two types of tourniquet and two types of QuickClot.” IFAK equipment assigned to the US Army and the US Marine Corp is different.

USMC IFAK content review. Short video with very low volume. Read the comments below the video, positive and negative! All that is issued is not gold.

My plug for Celox products. These came up as I was reviewing IFAK videos. Here’s as good a place to share them as any.

Celox-A Applicator

Celox Trauma Gauze

BOK (Blow Out Kit)
Similar to an IFAK, and in some cases actually classified as a sub-component of an IFAK, BOKs will assist in stopping a major trauma. Their job is to save a life in immediate danger from bleeding out. No ouchie meds in these.

“TheAK47nut” put together a short video of his BOK, and did a great job in a short time.

And now, for a bit of fun….

“You did NOT!”   “Um… yes I did.”  “No!”   “Yup…”   “I don’t know you……”

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