MyMedic MyFAK — An EDC First Aid Kit
I recently received a medical kit from My Medic, a company that provides medical kits to suit various needs, from the most basic all the way through advanced, both large and small. The kit I am reviewing is a Basic Kit that has been augmented with Advanced gear and is intended to treat two or more people.
First, let me be clear that I am not a medic, nor am I even close to being a doctor. The extent of my emergency medical training includes Basic First Aid, CPR, and AED.
Oh, and my favorite television show is Emergency! the series from the 1970s (yeah, I’m that old, got a problem with it?), which is why I recognized the name of one of the items included in this kit: a nasopharyngeal airway! Yes, they included one in this kit. I don’t know how to employ it, but it’s there. For a moment, I thought it might have been nice if they would have included instructions. But then I told myself, “If you have to ask, then you aren’t qualified to be using that particular piece of gear.”
Although I’m not highly trained medically, I’ve had the misfortune of being present during quite a few fatalities, both on and off the job. So the importance of a kit like this really hits home.
This kit is packed with stuff! Frankly, it was mind-boggling to see all the items. The fact that they managed to get it all into this pouch is extraordinary and speaks volumes about the design team behind the gear.
Among the items included in the MyFAK kit:
- A small nylon pouch, sandwiched between the two main compartments for easy access, that contains assorted packets, including hydrocortisone cream, triple antibiotic ointment, oral pain relief gel, Dramamine tablets, Ibuprofen tablets, antiseptic towelettes, hand sanitizer, lip balm, sunscreen, and sting relief wipes.
- Two pair latex gloves
- Water-soluble electrolyte tablets
- Ace elastic bandage
- One roll medical tape
- Adhesive wound closures
- Suture thread with needle puller
- Digital thermometer
- Two packs of sterile saline solution
- One 40x40x56” triangular gauze bandage
- One 4×60” emergency pressure bandage
- Rapid Application Tourniquet System
- Red paracord
- Emergency whistle
- 12-hour Cyalume light stick
- One 84”x52” Emergency blanket
- One 3”x4” Quick Clot dressing
- Various sterile gauze pads and band-aids
- 2 Vials of “Liquid Skin”
- 1 Chest seal (3 channel vent design)
- Assorted packs of Burnshield gel
- EMT shears
- One Pocket CPR mask
- Nasopharyngeal airway (with a pack of lubrication)
Well, there you have it. I may have missed an item or two, but that is the overall flavor of the kit. The kit covers everything from treating minor cuts and burns up to doing CPR, treating a sucking chest wound, and even major bleeding. Hydration, airway issues, topical issues, sprains, and fractures can also be addressed using this kit.
One piece of equipment that I’d really like to see directions for is the tourniquet. It appears to be a bit complex and I have no training on this particular piece of gear.
This is all contained in a very compact package. As I unpacked everything to inventory it for this article, I vowed that I would remember how it all went back together. I think I did pretty well, although I felt as if I were putting a jigsaw puzzle back together. I cheated and referenced some photos that I had taken for the article, which helped. Not a bad idea if you decide to take yours apart when you get it.
The pouch that contains the kit can be carried by the handle on the back or attached to gear via MOLLE straps with snaps that are on the back. The pouch that is supplied is very nice, and it’s very stoutly built. It has Velcro on the front, along with MOLLE straps, so the user can adorn it with various cool-guy patches or other gear. The size of the pouch is 6 1/2” x 7 ½ “x 5”.
The pouch is held closed with a heavy-duty zipper as well as a Velcro strap and a strap with a plastic buckle. There is nothing cheap or flimsy about the pouch or the kit. There is a tear-away section that exposes Velcro backing so that the kit can be torn from your gear without having to unsnap the MOLLE clips during an emergency. However, it won’t accidentally be torn away because you have to release a retention strap first; it’s a very ingenious setup! It can be attached to various fabrics, such as the back of a car seat because there is Velcro on the back. The pouch is available in a variety of colors, including Coyote Tan, Green, Black, Red, and Orange.
Overall, this is a great kit. The packets of Ibuprofen and oral pain gel will cover a bunch of everyday needs, as will the small bandaids and bandages, which are readily available in the center of the pack. In the event of a greater medical emergency, the user has an abundance of items to address those issues. As you peruse the list of items that have been included, you can likely come up with many scenarios in which those items will prove valuable, especially if he is out in the field and there are no drug stores close by.
Everything is in a neat, compact package that is very durable and accessible. MyMedic offers a variety of kits to suit many levels of need. The kits are made in the USA and come with a lifetime guarantee, which is an added bonus. I highly endorse their items, and this kit will go with me in my travels. You should check them out.
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Jim Davis served in the PA Dept. of Corrections for 16 ½ years as a corrections officer in the State Correctional Institute at Graterford and later at SCI Phoenix. He served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT), several of those years as a sniper, and also the Fire Emergency Response Team (FERT). For 25 years, he was a professional instructor, teaching topics including Defensive Tactics, Riot Control and Tactical Operations, Immediate Responder, and cognitive programs as an adjunct instructor at the DOC Training Academy. He was then promoted to the title of corrections counselor, where he ran a caseload and facilitated cognitive therapy classes to inmates. His total service time was close to 29 years. He was involved in many violent encounters on duty, including incidents of fatalities.